excellent article that gives much to think about
Originally posted on Home Internet Security:
About two months ago, I was running Windows XP Professional on my laptop. I realized that OS was nearing the end of the trail and I was considering the upgrade to Windows 7. It’s not that I just wanted to have something new, older operating systems have more vulnerabilities. I had been keeping the operating system and software updated with the most recent patches, but that only serves to provide the maximum protection available to that OS. I was still using Windows Internet Explorer 8 as IE9 requires either Vista or Windows 7 to run.
Windows 7 sounds like a solid operating system and it has received praise for addressing many of the security issues common in earlier versions of Windows. Having used some form of Windows for several years I was leaning that way, so I downloaded the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. My newer laptop passed, but my older laptop fell into a gray area. Either way, it would cost about $150 for each upgrade, so I decided to look at other options.
Windows is widely targeted for malware for one simple reason, it’s the most widely used OS in the world according to this Wikipedia article. If you were a criminal writing malware to steal user data to gain access to credit card and banking information, it just makes sense to target the largest audience. Above all other reasons, this is why Windows is targeted by malware and viruses more than any other OS. Although other operating systems are also susceptible to malware the simple fact is that they just aren’t as lucrative a market to the criminals so they aren’t targeted as often as Windows. When you hear a Mac user boasting about how they are immune to viruses, that’s just not true.