Security expert: Don’t use Microsoft Windows, Office, Outlook, Internet Explorer

Bruce Schneier is one of the world’s foremost security experts. His latest book is “Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Uncertain World.” Schneier’s latest article is titled, “Who says safe computing must remain a pipe dream?”

Schneier writes for CNET, “I am regularly asked what average Internet users can do to ensure their security. My first answer is usually, ‘Nothing–you’re screwed.’ But that’s not true, and the reality is more complicated. You’re screwed if you do nothing to protect yourself, but there are many things you can do to increase your security on the Internet. Two years ago, I published a list of PC security recommendations. The idea was to give home users concrete actions they could take to improve security. This is an update of that list: a dozen things you can do to improve your security.”

Schneier then goes through his list. When he comes to operating systems, Schneier writes, “If possible, don’t use Microsoft Windows. Buy a Macintosh or use Linux. If you must use Windows, set up Automatic Update so that you automatically receive security patches. Schneier’s advice on applications is to “limit the number of applications on your machine. If you don’t need it, don’t install it. If you no longer need it, uninstall it. Look into one of the free office suites as an alternative to Microsoft Office… Don’t use Microsoft Internet Explorer, period… Don’t use Outlook or Outlook Express. If you must use Microsoft Office, enable macro virus protection.”

Schneier writes, “I’m stuck using Microsoft Windows and Office, but I use Opera for Web browsing and Eudora for e-mail.” Schneier doesn’t explain why he’s “stuck” with Windows and Office.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: So, if you want truly secure computing, don’t use Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Outlook Express, or Microsoft Internet Explorer.

For our Windows-only friends interested in a better way, you can find information about adding a safe, secure, powerful, and fun Mac OS X machine to your computing arsenal here. You can do it and you’ll be very glad if you do.

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  1. I really think the $$$$ they spent on the Apple Stores is a more efficient way to grow installed user base than spending the same amount on TV ads. A few ads would make us feel better but would it increase sales?

  2. My, my … interesting for its take on Microsoft products: Don’t use them — period. Ownership of the word “beleaguered” has passed fully to Windows and its users — and this from a company that spends billions on (cough) innovation. Windows has always been a lemon. The majority, as usual, are misinformed; but they have been so captured that change is almost unthinkable. Fine with me.

    If you want safe computing, don’t connect to the internet and don’t insert any external media … unless you have a Mac, of course.

  3. In other news, experts report that people should not: 1) Run with sharp objects, 2) Play with fire, 3) Poke sharp objects into your eyes, and 4) Put a loaded gun to your temple and pull the trigger.

    These, and other obscure facts, can be found in the “Journal of ‘Duh’�.”

  4. THIS GUY IS A FSCKING MORON…Just like the rest of you.

    LOL, We havent had security issues in 2 years. If your IT people are to stupid to admin a windows network then fire them. Flame me if you will (I AM A TROLL). But it doesn’t change the fact that this guy is a dumbass. The only thing he said that had any meaning was “set up Automatic Update so that you automatically receive security patches. Schneier’s advice on applications is to “limit the number of applications on your machine. If you don’t need it, don’t install it. If you no longer need it, uninstall it.”

    DUH!! Is this guy from outer space or what..

  5. NoMacForYou, just some points IMO:

    – not every user has got IT people behind who he can fire, most users are their own IT people themselves.

    – you didn’t have security issues in 2 years? We didn’t have in 10 (ten, say X) years, without LOL, on all our Macs.

    – If you call somebody a d…ss as a fact, I expect you to provide prove, which you didn’t.

    – Schneier mentioned not only one meaningful thing; I’ve read some more: backup, how to store and delete backups, browsers, passwords, and more, all quite meaningful and pragmatic.

    No flames, just some thoughts…

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