Face it: Linux is insecure

By | June 7, 2006

Linux is insecure. Open source is insecure. Windows is insecure. All software is insecure. Deal with it. People keep having this delusion that security is a product. That, if you just buy some magic box, you´ll have a program or an operating system that´s as secure as Fort Knox.

It doesn´t work that way. Security is a process, not a product. Some systems are more secure than others. Linux, as anyone who pays any attention to security news knows, is a lot more secure than Windows. If we were talking cars, Linux would be a Volvo S80 and Windows would be a Ford “Hit here to blow up” Pinto.

But, any car can be hit, and any car can be hit hard enough to destroy it. It´s all about the odds and driving safely. Driving safely on a computer or a network means knowing, and using, their available security features. For example, any machine that´s exposed on the Internet should have an enabled firewall.Read Full Story

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