Linked by Igor Ljubuncic on Mon 2nd Apr 2012 15:41 UTC
Features, Office You have just bought tickets to an exotic vacation spot. You board the flight, you land safely, you pull your netbook from your backpack, fire it up, and then check if there are any available Wireless networks. Indeed there are, unencrypted, passwordless, waiting for you. So you connect to the most convenient hotspot and start surfing. Being addicted as you are, you want to login into your email or social network just to check if something cardinal happened in the world during your four-hour flight. You're about to hit the sign in button. Stop. What you're about to do might not be safe.
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RE: Linux most secure
by B. Janssen on Mon 2nd Apr 2012 20:41 UTC in reply to "Linux most secure"
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Yes I know there are a ton of Viruses for Windows, but an up2date browser, AV and some common sense and you are fine.

Unfortunatly this is not the case anymore. Just recently I had to clean out a large scareware infestation that sneaked in by drive-by-download from a trusted supplier site. Our Enterprise McAfee solution was totally useless, too. I now mandated RequestPolicy but there is little you can do when the malicious software comes from a trusted source ;)

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RE[2]: Linux most secure
by WereCatf on Mon 2nd Apr 2012 21:43 in reply to "RE: Linux most secure"
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To be honest, that right there is usually more than enough of a reason to pull out your hair and a 10kg sledgehammer out of your closet.

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RE[3]: Linux most secure
by B. Janssen on Tue 3rd Apr 2012 12:58 in reply to "RE[2]: Linux most secure"
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I anticipated such an answer and I agree that McAfee Enterprise may not be the best security solution available and certainly is a pain to administer. But our other branch office is running Sophos and they have had the exact same situation.

It is too convenient to blame such an occurence on a single piece of software and be done with it. We need to understand that being prepared and smart has stopped to be a reliable precaution against malware. That's the unfortunate reality of today's networks and we must learn to understand that. Leaning back and saying "common sense will prevail" is not going to help us.

Edited 2012-04-03 12:59 UTC

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RE[3]: Linux most secure
by Lennie on Wed 4th Apr 2012 11:43 in reply to "RE[2]: Linux most secure"
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The last investation I investigated I uploaded the file to and

Of all the (up to date) virusscanners at those sites only 7 out of 35 or so detected it. And onle one of the well known brands detected it. So actually the ones I had never heared of recognized them.

But this has been knowns in the security community for years.

Of most of the virusses these days are just regenerated varients every 15 minutes or so.

And viruscanners only have blacklists, they can't block virusses they don't know about.

As an other example I administrate some Linux mailservers which obviously also need to do viruscanning.

If there was a new e-mail virus the person who was sending out these virusses was obviously using a botnet and just pressing a button every 15 minutes to generate a new variant. By the time the virusscanner was updated the variant was already not being send anymore.

I don't even run any antivirus anymore on Windows. On Linux I've never run antivirus. I've decided virusscanners are not for me.

I keep my software up to date, don't download anything stupid, etc. Disable most plugins in the browser (only Flash is enabled).

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