Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Millions of Windows Users Need To Clean Up Their Act.

Filed under
Microsoft

Security is black and white. Either you are secure and protected, or you’re not. Strange as it might seem at first, I don’t blame Microsoft for their demonstrated inability to build a perfectly secure personal computer. After all, it’s not possible. But I do hold Microsoft responsible for continually marketing and selling something they can never produce. And they MUST be held responsible for the consequences of believing their own marketing and press.

Microsoft’s software has NEVER been secure, and NEVER will be. With each generation of feature-rama upgrade, it becomes more and more complex, and less and less understandable. There can not be anyone left at Microsoft whose mind can still grasp the technical details of the entire system. They had to give that up with MS-DOS. Microsoft’s lack of security foresight is single-handedly responsible for creating the eMail virus. Their consumer operating systems — as well as their high-end server platforms — are notoriously insecure.

So why am I saying that millions of Windows Users need to clean up their act? There is one simple reason.

You are “owned”.

Full Article.

So tired of the FUD

Blah Blah Blah, I'm so tired of hearing about how much Windows Sucks. I'm not a MS fanboy (I design for the end result, not by what vendor is the most popular that week), but neither myself, nor my friends, nor my family, nor my kids, nor my clients have ANY trouble running Window systems (desktops or servers) and they're not "owned". Anyone with half a brain can keep their system patched to date (it's called "auto update" people, it's not rocket science), use anti-virus (AVG it's free for home users), use MS Anti-Spyware (it's free for home users) and stick their network behind a firewall (IPCOP or PFSENSE - and yes, they're free). With those safe guards in place, I would truly like to see a windows box "get owned" - it doesn't happen. I'd also like to see some proof for the oh so popular "unprotected windows box on the 'net will be owned in 14 minutes" article. I put a WinXP Pro SP1 box with a public IP on my external network for several days - nothing happened. It's all FUD (and dumbass reporters who can't check the facts before writing a story). I like Linux (and I tried to like OS X but after 1.5 years of trying it just didn't happen) but I'm getting tired of the fanboy's who can only promote them using FUD instead of features. If you can't "sell it" by the facts and features - then maybe it just isn't as good as you think it is. Lets put a little more science into "computer science" and leave the propaganda for governments to use.

I know you're not talking to me

(and dumbass reporters who can't check the facts before writing a story).

You know skippy, I think getting beat up for your lunch money so much as a kid really left some nasty psychological scars on you pal. You were provided a link to a page of reports from one of the leading experts on Windows XP in the world...just put your mouse on the link and click, it's real simple. Oh, is Mr. Gibson a fanboi?

Let's try this: http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/0,2000061744,39200021,00.htm

and this:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1291394/posts

Or maybe this:
http://www.biznix.org/articles/malware.html

A "protected" Windows machine survives well against most attacks, I have one running at one of my offices, however; consider the senior citizens, kids and carpool moms who just don't realize the danger. Now I do understand that techno-fascists will claim people such as this have no business using a computer.

Go on...Agree with it, I've seen your posts elsewhere, that is exactly how you think. Besides, you lost any credibility when you had to resort to name-calling. A practice I am sure you avoid in face-to face debates.

helios

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

More in Tux Machines

Red Hat News

  • Building MySQL DBaaS on OpenStack And Ceph Clouds
    With a properly configured OpenStack deployment and Red Hat Ceph storage backend, DBaaS clients merely go to a self-service interface and request the number and configuration of databases they require. OpenStack dynamically provisions the required storage capacity from the appropriate Ceph storage pool. No more manual placement of these database instances on MySQL clusters of various shapes and sizes. This manual exercise was a bit like playing the old Tetris game, trying to fit new database instances into fixed-sized clusters, followed by moving or rearranging them to new clusters when they outgrew available capacity.
  • Now available: The Open Organization Leaders Manual
    Available now, The Open Organization Leaders Manual is a community-produced companion to Jim Whitehurst's The Open Organization. With contributions from more than 15 authors, it explores new attitudes and practices leaders should adopt when leveraging the power of transparecy, meritocracy, inclusivity, sharing, and collaboration to build the workplaces of the future.
  • Red Hat Inc (RHT) Stake Maintained by Verde Servicos Internacionais S.A.
  • National Pension Service Purchases 12,387 Shares of Red Hat Inc (RHT)

7 cool little open source projects that stood out in 2016

In the early days of the open source movement, a lot of the attention was on operating systems, and later on large content management systems. These days, containers are mentioned regularly even in mainstream news outlets. The big tech stories are great, but they miss the other great activity in the niches of the open source space. I've rounded up seven interesting lesser-known projects from the past year. You can see more articles about projects like this in my Nooks and Crannies column. Read more

RaspArch, the Arch Linux Remix for Raspberry Pi 3 SBCs, Now Shipping with Yaourt

After announcing the release of a new version of his Ubuntu-based ExTiX Linux operating system for Intel Compute Stick devices, Arne Exton has announced today the availability of RaspArch Build 161205. RaspArch is a remix of Arch Linux ARM for Raspberry Pi 3 and Raspberry Pi 2 single-board computers, and the latest release is shipping with the long-term supported Linux 4.4.35 kernel and the latest package versions released upstream as of December 5, 2016. "When you have installed RaspArch to your Micro SD Card you can use the system like any other Arch Linux system, i.e. install new programs, etc," said Arne Exton in the release announcement. "Arch motto is KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid). RaspArch uses kernel 4.4.35-1-ARCH and the LXDE Desktop environment." Read more

Gentoo-Based Porteus Kiosk 4.2 Released with Linux Kernel 4.4.36, Firefox 45.5.1

Porteus Solutions, through Tomasz Jokiel, announced today the release and immediate availability of Porteus Kiosk 4.2.0, the latest stable version of the free and open source Gentoo-based kiosk operating system for web terminals. Powered by the latest long-term supported Linux 4.4.36 kernel, Porteus Kiosk 4.2.0 ships with some of the latest and greatest GNU/Linux technologies and Open Source software projects, including the recently released X.Org Server 1.18.4 display server, as well as the Mozilla Firefox 45.5.1 ESR and Google Chrome 54.0.2840.100 web browsers. Read more