Linked by Christian Paratschek on Thu 23rd Sep 2004 05:59 UTC
Editorial After reading Adam Scheinberg's original article "The Paradox of Choice" and Kevin Russo's response, I want to add my personal comments to this discussion. I will quote Adam and Russo several times and pick up their arguments.
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by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Sep 2004 12:44 UTC

I just want to post a quick reply to my comment on my windows machines not having firewall/AV: they are connected to the internet, had numerous re-install etc. and in my 13 years of computing I never ever had a single virus or worm or whatever. The most important thing to remeber is not to open attachments, and that's it.

You can say that you cannot use windows without a firewall/AV, but it's just not true!

Let me count: I had (it's BeOS only for a while now) one machine running windows, my parents have three, my brother has one, and if I add up my friends' computers which I use and know they aren't firewalled/AVd... I get like 20 Windows machines who never ever had any security problems, are connected to the net, and experienced re-installs, and don't use AV/Firewall. Now, y'all can go on and say I'm lying and all, but I don't care. I know I'm right here.

Of course this extremely small sample doesn't prove Windows is secure, I know that. But the statement "one cannot run Windows without AV/Firewall, you'll be infected within 15 minutes" is just pure nonsense.