Recently someone who really ought to know better remarked that Windows© platforms are better than todays modern linux distro’s
Here is 5 reasons he is wrong …..
“Security through obscurity” may be a catchy phrase, but it’s not the only thing that’s catching among Windows users.
The expression is intended to suggest that proprietary software is more secure by virtue of its closed nature. If hackers can’t see the code, then it’s harder for them to create exploits for it–or so the thinking goes.
Unfortunately for Windows users, that’s just not true–as evidenced by the never-ending parade of patches coming out of Redmond. In fact, one of Linux’s many advantages over Windows is that it is more secure–much more. For small businesses and other organizations without a dedicated staff of security experts, that benefit can be particularly critical.
Five key factors underlie Linux’s superior security:
Linux systems are by no means infallible, but one of their key advantages lies in the way account privileges are assigned. In Windows, users are generally given administrator access by default, which means they pretty much have access to everything on the system, even its most crucial parts. So, then, do viruses. It’s like giving terrorists high-level government positions.
With Linux, on the other hand, users do not usually have such “root” privileges; rather, they’re typically given lower-level accounts. What that means is that even if a Linux system is compromised, the virus won’t have the root access it would need to do damage systemwide; more likely, just the user’s local files and programs would be affected. That can make the difference between a minor annoyance and a major catastrophe in any business setting.