Your Internet Security – Is it Defined by the Operating System That You Use?

The one thing that has always been raging in the world of computers is the battle over the operating system that you use. In times long ago the OS battles used to be more split up since there were many more different operating systems out there that people could use. Now there is the big three, Windows, Os X, and Linux. There are of course other operating systems out there but these are the main ones that people use these days. One of the biggest discussions that happen with the operating systems these days is which one is the most secured? Of course, the camps from all of the operating systems will defend their brand to the death. They will tout that their system is the most secured of all. But in this day and age, is the problem the operating system or the user?

Many Users Lack Knowledge

Most people do not even know what the operating system does. Yes, they know if they are using one of the big three

 

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but they do not know all of the functionality that the OS provides. They may have a general idea but nothing that goes in depth. The operating system does not only make your system look pretty but it also controls how you interact with the hardware that makes up your machine. And this is what makes the security of the operating system so important. If the OS gives the hackers ability to manipulate the hardware that you are running then the operating system really fails the security test.

Windows, Mac OSX And Linux

In the past Microsoft Windows was arguably the least secure of the big three. Mac Os X and Linux are both built based on UNIX style architecture so this means that security was thought about ahead of time. Microsoft seemingly decided that security was secondary to user experience so they put it in on the back burner for years. When the age of the internet came upon us, this bit them in the butt in a big way. Now that viruses and other malware were able to transmit easier through the internet, Microsoft’s system was put to the test. But now all of that has changed.

Windows 7 And Mac OSX

With Windows 7, Windows is now as secured as the other systems. But it is still attacked more often. All of the systems are vulnerable but Windows users make for such a big target that black hat hackers still go after them. While the Os X on the computer has not been attacked that often, with the rise in the popularity of the iPhone, that version of Os X on the phone has been. With that many eyes on the system, this is proof that hackers will attack the most popular devices that have the most reach. Education of the average user about security issues means more than the actual security features on the operating system. Hackers will always find a way to bypass a system if they really want to.

What we have learned in the last couple of years is that you can have all of the security that you want on your system but if the users are not educated then attacks will still be able to find their way through. Malware is less of a problem these days. The more serious threat comes from phishing attacks and they can happen no matter what system you use.