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Subject:Re: What notebook did you buy? From:David Neeley <dbneeley -at- gmail -dot- com> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Tue, 12 Apr 2005 22:46:11 -0500
While I agree that the basic Web apps from Microsoft are grossly
insecure, there are also problems with the operating system. Active X,
for instance, is a security disaster waiting to happen. I would not
call that "perfectly safe"...and, without a firewall *and* antivirus
software, Windows users are asking for trouble.
Broadband users signing onto the Internet, according to the latest
tests I have seen, average about six minutes before being hit by
outsiders attempting to coopt the machine.
For those of you seeking free resources for your personal Windows
machine, I suggest Sygate Personal Firewall and Avast! Antivirus.
The primary reason that there are fewer attempts on Linux and Mac
machines is that many fewer people try to crack them; however, both
are inherently more secure by design. These days, more Linux
distributions are starting to ship with default settings at higher
security settings than was the case just a year or so ago; however,
*any* computer that is connected to the outside world can be
compromised. If every possible avenue is closed, the computer no
On 4/12/05, Lou Quillio <public -at- quillio -dot- com> wrote:
> I don't use it any more, but Windows is perfectly safe if you never
> use Internet Explorer nor apps that use the IE core (Outlook/Express
> and the webbier features of MS Office). The problem is IE, not
> Windows per se.
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