This round goes AGAIN to Macintosh and Linux.

Didn’t Microsoft say that XP would be its most secure yet and wasn’t Win2K touted as the most secure back then?  Microsoft has a long way to go in order to convince the world that it is EVER going to be as secure as Linux/Unix.  It may be true that there are more hackers trying to break into Win boxes.  It also may be true that Win boxes are easier to break into.  You don’t hear about Fort Knox getting broken into that often do you?  That’s because it is secure, unlike the generic Windo$e installations all around the world.

Threats prompt Mac switch advice
Security threats to PCs with Microsoft Windows have increased so much that computer users should consider using a Mac, says a leading security firm.

Sophos security said that the 10 most commonly found pieces of malicious software all targeted Windows machines.

In contrast, it said, none of the “malware” were capable of infecting the Mac OS X operating system.

Microsoft has pledged that the latest version of its operating system, known as Vista, will be its most secure yet.

One analyst told the BBC News website that the reason why there are fewer viruses and worms on Mac systems is that the smaller user base makes them a less attractive target for hackers.

Microsoft Windows currently runs on nearly one billion computers worldwide. The latest version will be released later this year.

“It is our goal to give PC users the control and confidence they need so they can continue to get the most out of their PCs,” a Microsoft spokesperson said.

“Windows Vista contains a number of new safety features that, taken together, are designed to make Windows PCs more secure and online experiences safer.”

Microsoft said that security on Vista would be an integral part of the operating system rather than an add-on like in previous systems.

The advice from Sophos was given as it released a report, detailing the security threats posed to computers so far in 2006.

The report says that there has been a vast drop in malicious software like viruses and worms.

It seems likely that Macs will continue to be the safer place for computer users for some time to come
Graham Cluley, Sophos

However, the company warns that there has been a sharp increase in the number of Trojans. It said that 82% of new security threats this year were from these programs.

Trojans are pieces of malicious software that are hidden in other legitimate programs such as downloaded screensavers.

The Trojan may collect financial information or allow the infected computer to be controlled remotely for sending spam or launching web attacks.

“The continuing rise of malware will concern many - the criminals responsible are obviously making money from their code, otherwise they’d give up the game,” said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.

Although Trojans dominate the list of security threats, the most widespread problem was the Sober-Z worm.

The worm, which was spread by e-mail, infected people’s computers and tried to turn off security settings. It replicated by looking for other e-mail addresses on the computers’ hard drives. 

Posted by SPN on 07/08 at 03:06 PM in Science / Technology

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