Six Keys to Being a More Secure User
Check out Paul's common-sense advice on keeping your workstation safe.
Remember the "Get a Mac" advertisements created to highlight the superiority of the Mac over the PC? One episode that I remember particularly well showed the Mac sympathizing with a "virus" that PC caught, with the implicit message that the Mac doesn't suffer from such problems.
While entertaining, the simple reason Microsoft seems to be continually afflicted with nasty malware is that the Windows platform is the most widely used in the world. It is far more efficienct -- and profitable -- for hackers to direct their attention at Windows than any other platform.
In fact, Microsoft has come a long way in creating a company culture where security issues or flaws are treated seriously and resolved as quickly as possible. In an interview with CNET News, ex-hacker and current chief security architect of security firm FireEye Marc Maiffret asserts that Microsoft takes security more seriously than does Apple. As reported by Computerworld, Maiffret went as far as to denounce Apple fans as being "ignorant" about security risks.
This is one of the reasons its hard to get into this field these days. Ten years ago it took a skill level of 2, five years ago a skill level of 6 and now a skill level of 8 or 9. As for the various OSes, I'd say something like a 9 for Windows and an 8 for the others.
The truth is this: Not all security problems are the fault of Microsoft.
Many are the result of flaws or combinations of weaknesses found in unrelated software. As such, it would be irresponsible to simply assign the blame to Microsoft and then sit back and do nothing to tighten one's defenses.
Ultimately, everyone needs to play a part where security is concerned. To that end, I have created a series of slides that highlights how end-users can play their part in ensuring the security of their computers.