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Old 13. Jan 2014, 07:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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"Ubuntu 12.04 Is More Secure Than Windows 8 and Mac OS X, Says UK Goverment"

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Old 13. Jan 2014, 07:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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"Ubuntu 12.04 Is More Secure Than Windows 8 and Mac OS X, Says UK Goverment"
"All in all Ubuntu 12.04 LTS stacks up as the most secure of the current desktop and mobile operating systems. Supported by Canonical with free security updates for 5 years, and without malware problems, itís hard to beat in official public sector applications. ď

Thanks for the link Jojo. This was the reason I first moved to Linux from XP and have never regretted it. Worth bearing in mind too that even if you don't like Ubuntu "as is" there are plenty of other distros based on this version that look a lot different but inherit the same secure base.
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Old 14. Jan 2014, 01:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I would caution everybody about getting complacent about security.
Linux is no more secure than Windows.
It just hasn't had the same level of attack thrown at it.
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I would caution everybody about getting complacent about security.
Linux is no more secure than Windows.
It just hasn't had the same level of attack thrown at it.
These two statements unfortunately conflict.

Linux is vastly more secure than Windows and one of those reasons is because it is not targeted by malware writers. As this situation is unlikely to change any time soon, IMO it is not even a consideration.

Also, unlike Windows, it is very difficult for Linux users to run their machine in such a way as to leave it vulnerable to exploits, even if these existed.
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It's easy to be more secure than Mac OS X. Still, hackers say Windows 8 is the most secure desktop system. Now who's right, the government or people who are paid for finding security holes?

When it comes to Ubuntu as such, I'd recommend you to read Secunia. Using Ubuntu is highly dangerous. But hey, it's Linux, nothing can happen to me...

At least their marketing works.
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When it comes to Ubuntu as such, I'd recommend you to read Secunia. Using Ubuntu is highly dangerous. But hey, it's Linux, nothing can happen to me...
Please explain how anything listed here will fill my Linux desktop with ransomware, steal my data or empty my bank account?

http://secunia.com/advisories/produc...tatistics_2014
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Old 18. Jan 2014, 01:00 PM   #7 (permalink)
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As I understand it the primary reason for Linux and Mac O/S's being more secure is that their share of the market just hasn't been a tempting target for hackers and malware authors so far.

I'm fairly confident that if Linux's (or Mac's) reputation for security leads to their becoming widely adopted by governments, banks and the general public, then the situation will change rapidly.
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Not really, I'd say the software repositories of Linux makes it so much harder for users to be infected while trying out new software. And OS X uses an App Store in newer versions.

Just look at the popularity of Android, and how virtually all malware require you to sideload APK's in order to be infected.

As for true drive-by exploits, that is extremely rare for all patched OS, Windows included. So in conclusion, the malware scare is overblown in the first place as soon as you develop common computing sense.
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As I understand it the primary reason for Linux and Mac O/S's being more secure is that their share of the market just hasn't been a tempting target for hackers and malware authors so far.

I'm fairly confident that if Linux's (or Mac's) reputation for security leads to their becoming widely adopted by governments, banks and the general public, then the situation will change rapidly.
I don't want to get into a religious war but I have to disagree that Linux and Macs are just as easy to attack as Windows. That is a story spread by Microsoft. Because of its nature and history, Windows is inherently less secure, IMO. You can't have all sorts of backward compatibility and support for a huge assortment of software and hardware and be as secure as a platform with a more limited purpose. The other platforms are related to Unix and Unix paid a lot of attention to security from the get-go. There has certainly been a steady improvement in each new version of Windows, but there was a long way to go. Android is now on hundreds of millions of platforms so lack of popularity can't be the only thing protecting it.

It is true, however, that the main target of malware attacks is not the operating system per se. The statistics I have seen show Adobe products and Java as the major targets. Also, the main gateway into computers is the browser.

In any event the major danger comes from phishing and social engineering. Microsoft has been working on IE and has added protections there so in some studies IE comes off as the safest browser for these types of attacks. But note that most of the studies of security you see are done by companies with axes to grind. In fact, Microsoft has commissioned many of them.

The vulnerability or security of the major operating systems is not where the main security problems lie. It is with the human factors.
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The vulnerability or security of the major operating systems is not where the main security problems lie. It is with the human factors.
Plus one for this.

Ubuntu and other Linux systems include security functions by default that are designed to save users from themselves.

A good example of the Windows user attitude is the number of hits on articles about how to turn off UAC.
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