Currently, security experts advise against using Internet Explorer. For example, the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) warns against surfing with the popular MS Browser.
Hackers are once again using a newly discovered bug. This vulnerability would already be exploited in targeted attacks. In addition, the attack code is also freely available on the Internet, the BSI writes on its website.
This is just one of many headlines on PC security. How safe is the free open source operating system compared to the competition?
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Switching to Multimedia Linux Part 9 – Is It Safer?
Allows aggressive marketing to inform users about the weak points of their own system as open as possible It’s just a matter of opinion whether, on the one hand, the possibilities of attack are objectively informed, or whether it is positively emphasized what one has in free or paid guns against the disease-causing little ones in the repertoire.
The reporting of a security hole here and there does not upset the Otto Normal User, who was stalked by information. In the near future this security gap would surely be closed again if the brute competence of the OS manufacturer in terms of security.
With great power comes great responsibility
In the Middle Ages it was easier for high dignitaries to impose their will on the peasants and the common people by means of smooth speeches or texts and foreign words in Latin. Their monopoly, so to speak, made it easy to abuse their own power. This went well until individuals tried to educate the common people, for example, by translating the dead language into that of the respective people.
Today, a company with a perceived monopoly can actually sell refined sugar as an “extra serving of milk” as long as there are still worried parents who believe in this marketing message.
But let’s get back to the topic.
Computer Security – An Illusion
Some say security in the PC area is possible. Others think security is just an illusion. Nothing more than a good feeling that comes with having a strong buddy on your side. To convey this sense of security, software vendors are selling tons of tools against viruses, spyware and other attacks. To have the feeling of security again, the customers can cost a lot.
The software promises protection against the worst attacks of the Internet on your own digital belongings.
Trust is not everything
The fact that upgrading with digital nuclear weapons could potentially slow down or block the work process does not catch the eye of many users Of course, you cannot ask anyone to spend a lot of time with technical details.
Doused by technical terms such as firewall and port blockade, the user is not looking for technical answers, but for someone who knows these answers. In his search he finds at least someone who pretends to be a security specialist. As mentioned above, the topic of security is a tightrope walk between trust and marketing.
But the more one deals with the matter, the less hypo rash and thoughtless the handling of this matter becomes. Well, the expensive bought hyper threading additional cores should also have something to expect.
In spite of all marketing, there are arguments against Linux in comparison to Linux.
How can Linux be less uncertain?
The strict distribution of access rights compared to other systems is a plus.
Free availability allows users to install the system in a variety of scenarios from desktop to server to the web server, extensively examining stability or security. Of course, the security of server systems also depends on the level of experience of the administrators with the system. In the crowd, so many test years come together in a short time.
The fact that the open source system is not set to hardware architecture, if any, only vulnerable to certain parts on whose hardware the malware is optimized.
Linux is still open source. This also means that the source code is studied by more people than can be the case with commercial programs, which can solve security problems faster or find errors.
Instead of bigger umbrella to improve the weather
Many Linux distributions automatically provide security updates to the deployed software. Updates are also available on other operating systems, but not on all installed software. The updates also do not work consistently and automatically or are free.
Because of commonly available security updates, antivirus programs are not widely used on Linux. Known loopholes are already closed via the updates. Anti-virus programs for Linux are mainly used to scan file and email servers for other operating systems! to investigate.
Although this information or facts were never published in a major advertising campaign In contrast to the usual advertising promises, they are understandable for everyone.
As a computer security specialist, Microsoft uses the advantages of Linux for its own networks.
Trust me, I know what I do
In the near future, the public excitement about the initially mentioned vulnerability should have faded.
The media turn to new topics, some heads are rolled and everything is in the best order, disclosed and no longer worth talking about. But why is that going to be? From time to time grass will always grow on one thing, if the marketing department does a good job.
Well then until the next scandal.
What if you were convinced you knew exactly what the system you are working with is doing?
Or in other words If you took your time and had the know-how that you could think of it You would be free to check the entire source code of the Linux kernel for uncertainties.
Alternatively, there is uncertainty about what is going on in the background and what data is being collected in the background and passed on to the monopolistic manufacturer. Is there an increase in the word for sure?
Surely, the safest is not security something absolute or definite? How white or pregnant? Or is security relative, so with many gradations? In the technical field, one does not speak of negative pressure, which does not exist physically, but of negative over-pressure. Relatively speaking, one would have to speak of Linux as less uncertain. Because, what is for sure?