Re: "The sky is falling"
> I am neither a user or fan of Microsoft,
> but blaming all the current internet
> problems on them is silly. Malware
> writers, spammers,etc target MS
> products for the simple reason that MS
> is the predominant OS in use thus
> offering a more target rich
> environment.The answer IMO is educating
> users. I can't count the times I've
> helped people repair their machines and
> found systems with no firewall or
> antivirus installed, users operating
> with admin privileges and machines with
> hundreds of spyware programs installed.
> An uninformed user will continue to have
> their system exploited . Take for
> example the current wave of phishing
> scams. Uninformed users will fall for
> these scams regardless of OS or
> In closing let me state I found the tone
> of the article to be needlessly alarmist
I wish the article's author a happy retirement.
I too am proud to be Windows free, and do not wish to be thought as defending that OS.
Yet I also agree that pointing at any one operating system while disregarding the fact that it happens to be the largest easy target is an over simplification of the problem.
Considering just one aspect of the problem, spam;
The receivers of unwanted email out number the senders by 5 to 6 orders of magnitude.
Better education and better tools in the hands of that larger number will be a big step in controlling it.