Originally Posted by newt111
I never get viruses in Windows, you're opening shady attachments or downloading shady items.
While there is little doubt that the majority of minor infections of Windows can be avoided by, as you imply, avoiding shady downloads but to assume you "never get viruses" I think is mistaken, other than by that now ancient term alone. Things have become much worse since the days when "virus" was enough to describe the sum total of threats.
There are more bots prowling the web than ever before and they don't wait on old versions of windows or an ill guided click. Rootkits and Trojans and worms attack. Most of these bots and malware are not written by prankish pimply faced script kiddies but by well-funded criminal organizations and even corporations.
Windows' built in firewall still only monitors incoming (and after what now? nearly 10 years? 3 versions and several service packs?) and despite M$ "Defender" even microsoft itself recommends 3rd party software for the latest and best of Windows 7. I'll never forget when Kevin Mitnick went mainstream and setup several PCs in the LA area to see how long it took before they were compromised once connected to the Net, and the best Windows PC took less than 15 minutes.
Just because you don't detect them doesn't mean there are none because of and despite a multi-billion dollar industry of such after-the-fact software.
It may not be true that all windows installs are way below all Linux installs in security because obscurity only goes so far and it does take awhile to learn how to properly administer any system. However
those inclined to stay with Windows are many times less likely to care to learn about such matters since they are fed on the teat of dependency rather than encouraged to self discipline and empowerment.
You apparently have some interest in the challenge to have responded here, newt111, and I salute you for your good instincts.... even if you're not quite "there" yet.
JimmyEdited by enorbet2 - 4/10/10 at 8:50am