[OT] Browsing the internet... It is safer from Linux?

Richmond richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Sun Oct 31 15:28:27 CDT 2010


On 10/31/2010 09:34 PM, Roger.E.Eller at sealedair.com wrote:
> Richmond wrote:
>> The first thing I do when I install Mac OS X on a machine is enable the
>> ROOT account; that is dead easy;
>> especially as the Mac OS HELP system tells you how to do it. Set up the
>> FIREWALL, SHARING and so on.
>>
>> Windows, on the other hand, starts telling you to fork out extra moolah
>> for anti-virus stuff . . .
> Incorrect, to a degree.  It is in many cases the virus makers themselves
> who infect Windows, and then use FAKE anti-virus messages that offer to
> cleanse your machine "for a fee".  The average non-tech-savy user will pay
> the ransom.  However, the free-edition of AVG has protected my computers
> for years.  However, recently a Trojan slipped through, and I switched to
> "Microsoft Security Essentials" (also free), on the recommendations of
> several trusted colleagues.  It isn't Windows that is bad, it is
> SkyNet.   ;-)   Sorry, I'm watching the Sarah Conner Chronicals.
>
> ~Roger
>

Well; in this case, at least, I am perfectly happy to be wrong, and am
extremely happy to hear that you can successfully protect a Windows machine
with a minimum of outlay.



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