Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

How secure is your computer?

Filed under

StillSecure attached six computers - loaded with different versions of the Windows, Linux and Apple's Macintosh operating systems - earlier this month to the Internet without anti-virus software.

The results show the Internet is a very rough place.

Over the course of a week, the machines were scanned a total of 46,255 times by computers around the world that crawl the Web looking for vulnerabilities in operating systems.

Once the vulnerabilities were identified, the remote computers launched 4,892 direct attacks with a staggering variety of worms, Trojan Horses, viruses, spyware and other forms of malware.

Full Story.

Wrong wrong wrong

They are wrong on many accounts. You do not have to pay Novell a cent for security updates. Also they are comparing obsolete versions of Suse and Mac OS X. The latest version of Suse is 10.0 and the latest version of Mac OS is 10.4 Tiger. I use them both in production use and they are very stable. Also Mac OS X and Suse notify you by default when a security update becomes available and it is a couple clicks to install at the most.

danger will robinson, danger

i think what is at issue here is the fact that this so called 'test' has little merit. why do we care if a computer supposedly fresh outa the box with no user input is going to be hacked? wouldn't it be better to test real users running their computers the way they normally would on a day-to-day basis??

i wonder if they were listening to a sony cd while the test was being conducted... =)


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

What Are Linux Meta-packages?

A ‘meta-package’ is a convenient way to bulk-install groups of applications, their libraries and documentation. Many Linux distributions use them for a variety of purposes, from seeding disk images that will go on to become new releases, to creating software “bundles” that are easy for a user to install. A meta-package rarely contains anything other than a changelog and perhaps copyright information, it contains no applications or libraries within itself. The way they work is by having a list of “dependencies” that the package manager reads. The package manager then goes to the repositories to find the dependencies and installs them. Read more

systemd is your friend

Today I want to talk a bit about some cool features of systemd, the default Debian init system since the release of Jessie. Ubuntu has also adopted systemd in 15.04, meaning that you are going to find it literally everywhere. Read more

LibreOffice 4.4.6 to Be Last in the Series, New RC Is Out

The Document Foundation has revealed that the first Release Candidate for LibreOffice 4.4.6 has been released, and it packs quite a lot of changes and improvements. Read more