Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Mar 2007 16:16 UTC, submitted by brewin
Privacy, Security, Encryption Microsoft is frequently dinged for having insecure products, with security holes and vulnerabilities. But Symantec, no friend of Microsoft, said in its latest research report that when it comes to widely-used operating systems, Microsoft is doing better overall than its leading commercial competitors. The information was a part of Symantec's 11th Internet Security Threat Report. The report, released this week, covered a huge range of security and vulnerability issues over the last six months of 2006, including operating systems.
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by Sphinx on Thu 22nd Mar 2007 17:31 UTC
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Microsoft is doing better overall than its leading commercial competitors

That leaves, uh, apple?

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by Almafeta on Thu 22nd Mar 2007 17:42 in reply to "Laughable"
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That leaves, uh, apple?

OSX only counts if you count open-source software as commercial software.

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by twenex on Thu 22nd Mar 2007 18:22 in reply to "RE: Laughable"
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In other words, if you don't, then it amounts to:

"Microsoft [Windows] is the only widely available commercial OS. Microsoft [Windows] is the most secure widely available commercial OS."

I suspect even Homer Simpson could work out that sentence 2 in the above follows inexorably from sentence 2, without any reference whatsoever to other OSes, good or bad.

Oh, and by the way: Most of the stuff Apple builds on top of its OSS OS is proprietary.

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by protagonist on Thu 22nd Mar 2007 18:45 in reply to "Laughable"
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Actually, it even leaves out Apple since it says"widely available commercial OS". I can positively state that Windows is not more secure than OS X as I have used both. :-)

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by BluenoseJake on Fri 23rd Mar 2007 15:47 in reply to "RE: Laughable"
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Just because you've used both means that OS X is more secure than Windows? Perhaps you didn't know how to keep your Windows box secure? When was the last time you used Windows? OS X? The fact you used both does nothing to convince me.

Now I have administered both XP and OS X, and I have found that it is not too hard to keep a Windows box safe. Firewall, spyware scanner, and a good(read not Norton) AV package. after that, they are both pretty secure. The real secret is not to let your users run as admin, but we all knew that.

Users running as admin is the REAL security problem with Windows, you really don't need a spyware scanner if you run as a normal user, and probably could get away with out AV software too, but I'm too chicken, lol

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