The state of computer (in)security
Source: Lubbock Online - Posted by Anthony Pell   
Latest News Andy Kaiser of "Digital Bits Skeptic" had an interesting blog post earlier this month regarding the state of computer security. Entitled, "The myth of computer security," it takes a look at the real state of computer security, not what the anti-virus and anti-malware vendors would like you to think. So what does Andy say? Basically, there is no computer security. The bad guys are way ahead and gaining ground, and the good guys are struggling to keep up. And creating complex, problem causing software to combat the malware. He gives some good (and recent) examples to illustrate his point. And he is one of the few pundits who admits that, at the present time, Mac and Linux are secure - with the disclaimer that most of that security comes from both systems relative obscurity. And that is a legitimate point. Obscurity ≠ Security, but when the major player controls around 90% of the market and is low hanging fruit to boot, why bother with the other 10%?

I'd love to say, "Go out and get a Mac or Linux system and be safe!" But if enough of you did that, Mac and/or Linux would gain enough market share to justify the extra effort required to exploit vulnerabilities that exist in the systems. There are plenty of vulnerabilities in both systems with more being reported every day, despite what some of their proponents about their invulnerability.

So what can be done? At this point no one really knows. All we can do as consumers is keep our systems updated, do our best to understand and recognize the social engineering attacks used by some malware, and be familiar with our systems so we know when something is wrong. And keep up-to-date backups so when something does get in the recovery is as easy as possible. If you're of a technical mind you can run virtual OS's that revert to their pristine, virus free state when restarted, but we shouldn't have to go to that kind of trouble.

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