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TheRegister offers an in depth look at the differences between Linux and Windows in terms of security. They take special interest in the myths about linux security.

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So why have there been so many credible-sounding claims to the contrary, that Linux is actually less secure than Windows? There are glaring logical holes in the reasoning behind the conclusion that Linux is less secure. It takes only a little scrutiny to debunk the myths and logical errors behind the following oft-repeated axioms:
Windows only suffers so many attacks because there are more Windows installations than Linux, therefore Linux would be just as vulnerable if it had as many installations
Open source is inherently less secure because malicious hackers can find flaws more easily
There are more security alerts for Linux than for Windows, therefore Linux is less secure than Windows
There is a longer time between the discovery of a flaw and a patch for the flaw with Linux than with Windows

The error behind axioms 3 and 4 is that they ignore the most important metrics for measuring the relative security of one operating system vs. another. As you will see in our section on Realistic Security and Severity Metrics, measuring security by a single metric (such as how long it takes between the discovery of a flaw and a patch release) produces meaningless results.

Finally, we also include a brief overview of relevant conceptual differences between Windows and Linux, to offer an insight into why Windows tends to be more vulnerable to attacks at both server and desktop, and why Linux is inherently more secure.
A lot more in here
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an OS is only as secure as the person who is using it.

no pr0n or illegal DL's and you have little to worry about
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an OS is only as secure as the person who is using it.

no pr0n or illegal DL's and you have little to worry about
Even if you do dumb stuff on linux all you can hurt is your own files. The system is completely untouched by what little malware exists. I don't think I could infect my system if I tried

You should at least pretend to have clicked the link- your position is completely destroyed inside
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an OS is only as secure as the person who is using it.

no pr0n or illegal DL's and you have little to worry about
I don't agree. That is all.
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This article is almost 3 years old.
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This article is almost 3 years old.
All of these articles are. All of the new ones are written by Microsoft, either directly or through an agency.

From a user's perspective, Linux is more secure. No spyware, no viruses. From a hackers point of view, it's probably still more secure, because Linux is written by hackers (from the programming sense, not the security sense).

*nix systems are so secure apple and Microsoft are starting to\\already basing their systems off it. Not so much Microsoft, but definately Apple (BSD Hybrid Kernel and *nix system design).

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Even if you do dumb stuff on linux all you can hurt is your own files. The system is completely untouched by what little malware exists. I don't think I could infect my system if I tried

You should at least pretend to have clicked the link- your position is completely destroyed inside
Maybe because the system isn't widely adopted by the entire computing world is the main reason no malware exists?
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Linux users dont have as much security issues to worry about, because the Linux user base is so small that people dont really try to hack it as much.

Yes i know, a lot of servers run on Linux.. but that market isnt nearly as big as the actual user market.

Linux is built differently then Windows, its meant for users who know what their doing and want to have a totally "theirs" OS.

This is true with Linux, OS X, and Windows.. if Linux and OS X had as much market share as M$ does with Windows you bet there'd be more hackers attacking PCs with OSs other then Windows..

Windows has the largest user base so naturally it gets the most attention from hackers.

Im tired of people saying how insecure Windows Vista is.. when almost every hacker is trying to get into it and M$ is doing a helluva good job keeping most of them out.
    
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Linux users dont have as much security issues to worry about, because the Linux user base is so small that people dont really try to hack it as much.

Yes i know, a lot of servers run on Linux.. but that market isnt nearly as big as the actual user market.

Linux is built differently then Windows, its meant for users who know what their doing and want to have a totally "theirs" OS.

This is true with Linux, OS X, and Windows.. if Linux and OS X had as much market share as M$ does with Windows you bet there'd be more hackers attacking PCs with OSs other then Windows..

Windows has the largest user base so naturally it gets the most attention from hackers.

Im tired of people saying how insecure Windows Vista is.. when almost every hacker is trying to get into it and M$ is doing a helluva good job keeping most of them out.
Exactly. Look harder before you scrutinize, people!

P.S. I think Linux and OSX are great, but I still use Windows daily.
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This article is almost 3 years old.
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