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Microsoft listed as most secure OS on the market!!

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Symantec today released a statement that listed Microsoft Operating Systems to be the safest on the market. They came to this conclusion after analyzing the number of vulnerabilities found, patches released, and the time it took the firm’s to publish the security fixes.

P.S.: Mac should be coming to a sad realization. Accept or Decline????

Edit: The original press release can be found here. My blog post is based on a news story I found on Internews.com:

Microsoft is frequently dinged for having insecure products, with security holes and vulnerabilities. But Symantec said in its latest research report that when it comes to widely-used operating systems, Microsoft is doing better overall than its leading commercial competitors.”

The report found that Microsoft Windows had the fewest number of patches and the shortest average patch development time of the five operating systems it monitored in the last six months of 2006.”

Then there’s Mac OS X. Despite the latest TV ads ridiculing the security in Vista with a Matrix-like Agent playing the UAC in Vista, Apple has nothing to brag about. Symantec found 43 vulnerabilities in Mac OS X and a 66 day turnaround on fixes.”

Symantec’s report is based on extensive research that was done over a period of 6 months (beginning in July 2006) and included the close monitoring and analyzing of a huge range of security and vulnerability issues, including Operating Systems.


Written by markusw

March 23, 2007 at 12:46 am

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  1. Hmm, I may be biased, but that’s what I’d say, too, if I sold Windows software.

    Karl H. Beckers

    March 23, 2007 at 2:13 am

  2. Also, a link would be nice. Can’t seem to find any of it on the symatec site.

    Karl H. Beckers

    March 23, 2007 at 2:20 am

  3. Hmm, I still can’t find any of that in the current “Internet Security Threat Report”. What I can see is that MS has the shortest patch development time, but I can also see that for Windows we have fewer reported bugs, but 31 % are critical. For Apple we have 26 % and for RedHat 0.5 %. On the ever more interesting Browser front we have 1.9 % critical bugs in IE and 0.0 % in Mozilla, with a windows of exposure for Mozilla of 2 days and 10 for IE.

    Karl H. Beckers

    March 23, 2007 at 8:46 am

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