“Google’s decision to phase out Windows for its employees has prompted Microsoft to come to the defense of its operating system,” Thomas Claburn reports for InformationWeek. “Following a Financial Times report on Monday that Google, as a security measure, now requires CIO approval for new Windows installations, Microsoft Windows communications manager Brandon Le Blanc published a blog post rebutting the Financial Times’ claim that ‘Windows is known for being more vulnerable to attacks by hackers and more susceptible to computer viruses than other operating systems.'”
MacDailyNews Take: We can almost hear Ballmer: “This is bad news. Get the mouthpiece out there to shovel the usual bullshit, pronto! And, if you value your job, peon, start passing the chairs!”
Claburn continues, “That’s simply not the case, insists Le Blanc. ‘When it comes to security, even hackers admit we’re doing a better job making our products more secure than anyone else,’ he said. ‘And it’s not just the hackers; third party influentials and industry leaders like Cisco tell us regularly that our focus and investment continues to surpass others.'”
“Indeed, Microsoft’s investment in and commitment to security is widely acknowledged in the industry. The fact is that just about every substantial software application or operating system contains programming errors that may present vulnerabilities. Linux and Mac OS X have flaws, as do Google Chrome and Apple’s Safari,” Claburn reports. “However, it’s also fair to say that presently more malware targets Windows and Windows applications than the competition. That’s because 90% or so of the world’s personal computers run Windows.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: By SteveJack
The statement, “Microsoft’s Windows is far less secure than Apple’s Mac OS X” might seem self-evident to most of us, but there are still quite a few drooling idiots who are incapable of seeing the vast gulf between Windows and Mac OS X security and the effects on end users.
The reason you see the sort of illogical tripe above is because, according to IDC analyst Marcel Warmerdam, for every $1 that Windows earns for Microsoft, it will pump a minimum of $12 into the global economy. Billions upon billions of dollars are riding on duping people into continuing along with Windows.
If protecting the Windows hegemony means distorting all sorts of things to make Apple’s Mac platform look like an unacceptable alternative, then fools like LeBlanc have no problem doing so. They really have no other defense for the indefensible Windows except for FUD when comparing to Apple Mac OS X’s stellar record of protecting their users’ security. The fact is that Mac OS X users, using only common sense, surf the Net with impunity while Windows sufferers most certainly do not.
Yet again, for the umpteenth time — sigh — it is utterly illogical to state or imply that the Mac platform is secure via obscurity. Why, if obscurity means security, in April 2007 was there a virus for iPods running Linux (a few thousand devices total, to wildly overestimate, in all the world), but there are no viruses in nine years — yes, years! — for the over 33 million Mac OS X computers that are currently online? When we hit a nice round virus-free decade will certain abject morons finally wise up and grow a conscience? And, why would criminals not target the most affluent personal computer users, the tens of millions of Mac users around the world?
I’ve asked those and similar questions for years, yet the silence remains deafening and telling. Instead we get a steady stream of ignorance and/or lie from deceitful Microsoft apologists.
The idea that Windows’ morass of security woes exists because more people use Windows and that Macs have no security problems because fewer people use Macs, is simply not true. By design, Mac OS X is simply more secure than Windows. Period. For reference and reasons why Mac OS X is more secure than Windows, The New York Times’ David Pogue, long ago providesd a concise mea culpa on the subject of the “Mac Security Via Obscurity” myth here.
Simple logic is certainly not what disingenuous Microsoft hacks, AV software peddlers, Windows PC box assemblers, and the leeches affixed to the Windows ecosystem want people to hear. Generating fear is what they’re after. The sheep must be kept in the Windows pen, no matter the cost to reputations, reality, logic, productivity, sanity, etc. Far too many have far too much invested in Microsoft Windows for them to stand idly by and let it all slip away due to a vastly superior, vastly more secure solution from Apple. But, slip away it does nonetheless; more rapidly with each passing day.
Every single time there is a Windows virus outbreak, a new OS release, news of a major company dumping Windows, record Mac sales, or a threatening new Apple product, the “Security Via Obscurity” myth gets trotted out. This is done for a reason, even though it gets more ridiculous with each passing year.
“Security via Obscurity” is a defense mechanism for the delusional and also tool for Microsoft apologists and those who profit from the Windows economy that’s designed to be used when attempting keep Windows sufferers from straying. 33 million Mac OS X installs is not “obscure” at all, but nine (9) years of Mac users surfing the Net unimpeded certainly is “secure.” Besides social engineering scams (phishing, trojans; after all, no OS can instill common sense) the only thing by which Mac users are really affected are large swaths of compromised Windows machines slowing down the ‘Net with spam and nefarious botnet traffic targeted at exploiting even more insecure Windows boxes.
The. Problem. Is. Windows. Get a Mac.
(My Take above was paraphrased from “Microsoft’s Windows is far less secure than Apple’s Mac OS X”, February 03, 2010. – SteveJack)