Why is Ubuntu more secure than Windows or Mac OS X?

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More secure isn't an exact measure. The level of security depends on the threats you are trying to counter. If you surround yourself with an army of armed guards, you are pretty secure against some random stranger getting to you, but you open yourself up to being attacked by your guards for not paying them enough and working them too hard. This may seem like a silly example, but we see it regularly with military dictatorships that are overthrown by coups.

Computers are no different. Neither Windows, Mac, or even Unix is free of bugs. They all have issues that can be exploited to bypass their security model and do bad things. There are only a couple of mathematically proven bug free operating systems in existence and they are very limited and used on embedded controllers. Even those proven OSs aren't immune to the impacts of physical tampering that move them outside of their design constraints.

Windows is certainly more frequently exploited than Mac, but does that mean...

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Simply a better OS than Windows or Mac. It's faster, more secure, more stable, offers more customization, has less memory overhead, and CHEAPER than either of its competitors. It has the best software license (Open-source for the win! ), and despite what Mac Fanatics will say, Linux really is the ideal environment for high-power computations. (There's a reason most supercomputers run Linux)

I just love this OS. Its features are increasing day by day and you will never get bore of it. Its installing updates is very good nice and sleek not like windows and don't take loads of time to update. Its startup is really fast. Its System Requirement is low compared to windows and mac and now STEAM has brought games into LINUX so no more worries for gaming. No EXTRA LICENCING COST LIKE WINDOWS AND MAC

I've been using it for years, even it changed like all other OS the interface (now Unity) I like it. Just some difficulties because of the...

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What is your thought on this ?

Also I have a Question what makes OS X sanboxing so different than windows 7 or Linux?

You spelling is little hard to understand here but OS X is base of unix .

And that says what?

You want a really secure OS (and there is no 100% security)? Than ditch Windows, MacOS X and Linux. Go for OpenBSD and have fun with it.

What do you mean that the security is there for OS X but Apple strips alot of it and even turn some of it off by default ?

It is irrelevant and doesn't matter.

No, no... What I mean is that OS/X (and Linux) got a lot of free-ride by turning on

their

security features

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, in a time when Windows had everything in

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system turned off for millions of their "Home Edition" users.

The party-at-fault here, really, is|was Microsoft. They have an excellent security model in their Windows-NT system. Yet they have stubbornly made the same mistakes...

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Are you new to Linux? Thinking of jumping from Windows or Mac based system to Linux? Then, this article is must read for you. There are numerous reason to describe Linux is better than other desktops OS. But there are some myths about Linux circulating around, in this article you will clearly know why and how Linux is better than Windows or Mac.

Why Linux Is Better Than Windows or Mac?

1.Security

I can say undoubtedly, Linux is the most secured desktop OS in the world. Its continuous security updates bring latest patches to the vulnerabilities. Windows systems are easily vulnerable to viruses and malware, even after using a costly antivirus suite. Linux OS is best for safety and security when compared to Windows or Mac.

2.Free

The best part of the Linux is its free. Linux is an open source operating system with huge community support. No hidden, or update costs, just download and install. It is lifetime free.

3.Ease of Use

There...

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Judging by figures alone, Vista is more secure than Mac OSX and Linux? I somehow find this a rather strange claim, I guess these things are always subjective.

Most numbers can be moulded into any shape you want, and can show any result you like.

According to the numbers given in a new report from Microsoft, Windows Vista has blown away all the major enterprise Linux distributions and Mac OS X as far as having the smallest amount of serious security vulnerabilities in the six months since its release. The numbers were compiled by Jeff Jones, the security strategy director in Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group.

“The results of the analysis show that Windows Vista continues to show a trend of fewer total and fewer High severity vulnerabilities at the 6-month mark compared to its predecessor product Windows XP (which did not benefit from the SDL [Secure Development Lifecycle] and compared to other modern competitive workstation OSes (which also did not benefit...

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There have been many flame wars, there have been different studies made regarding the security of each operating system mentioned in the title. The studies are sometimes said to be biased because it depends on what organization or company has funded the studies. At the end of the day, however, we must realize that no matter what operating system we use on our computers, we should be responsible enough to download security patches and the like.

Sometimes articles and threads on forums and blogs end up in fanaticism. Some of the points raised when it comes to vulnerability and operating systems would be:

The popularity of the operating system
Take for example Windows. It is probably the most popular operating system and some say that that is one of the main reasons why it is most attacked by hackers and creators of malware. They say that there is no point in attacking an operating system that is not used by many. The logic, they say, is that if you are...

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"Security through obscurity" may be a catchy phrase, but it's not the only thing that's catching among Windows users.

The expression is intended to suggest that proprietary software is more secure by virtue of its closed nature. If hackers can't see the code, then it's harder for them to create exploits for it--or so the thinking goes.

Unfortunately for Windows users, that's just not true--as evidenced by the never-ending parade of patches coming out of Redmond. In fact, one of Linux's many advantages over Windows is that it is more secure--much more. For small businesses and other organizations without a dedicated staff of security experts, that benefit can be particularly critical.

Five key factors underlie Linux's superior security:

1. Privileges

Linux systems are by no means infallible, but one of their key advantages lies in the way account privileges are assigned. In Windows, users are generally given administrator access by default, which...

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The UK government now says that Ubuntu 12.04 is the safest operating system available, way ahead of Windows 8 and Mac OS X.

The Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG) is the UK National Technical Authority for information assurance and they've done a series of tests to find out what is the most secure operating system available for the governmental apparatus.

The security assessment made by CESG included the following categories: VPN, Disk Encryption, Authentication, Secure Boot, Platform Integrity and Application Sandboxing, Application Whitelisting, Malicious Code Detection and Prevention, Security Policy Enforcement, External Interface Protection, Device Update Policy, Event Collection for Enterprise Analysis, and Incident Response.

Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) is the operating system that passed most of the tests, way ahead of Windows 8 or Mac OS X.

“All in all Ubuntu 12.04 LTS stacks up as the most secure of the current desktop and...

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Despite Apple's recent SSL/TLS coding screwup (now repaired), non-Mac users must face the fact that life isn't fair and Apple's Mac platform and the iOS platform are still more secure than their Windows and Android counterparts.

I wrote a similar post in 2007 and the facts haven't changed so very much. Yes, the installed base of Macs is way bigger and iOS is a major computing platform. But looking at the historical trends and relative market sizes, the Apple platforms are way underrepresented in the malware department. Yes, there have been attacks, but few in comparison with the competition.

For example, looking at the Kaspersky Labs' 2013 security overview, the Mac is mentioned only once, and that for cross-platform malware, such as attacks through MS Word or Adobe PDF. There was no mention of a specific new Mac or iOS malware incident (SSL/TLS bug won't show up for a year). Instead, the report is all about Windows and Android.

Searching through...

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Microsoft's release of Windows 10 has added a new wrinkle to the eternal "Windows versus Linux" discussions online. And recently a Linux redditor took the time to install Windows 10 and do some exploring. While he found Windows 10 to be a prettier version of Windows, it wasn't long before he realized that Linux still beats Windows as a desktop operating system.

I moved to Linux back in the days of Fedora Core 4. Albeit if only for a little while. I didn't quite understand what Linux was, but I was only 14 at the time. A friend of mine working in I.T burnt me a copy onto some CD's, and I excitedly installed it as a dual boot onto my parents computer. Since then, I've experienced Canonicals world of Ubuntu, the wonderful world of OpenSUSE, tinkered with the likes of Arch and Gentoo, and played with the intricacies of CentOS and RHEL. It's safe to say, I love Linux. Having come full circle, I'm back to Fedora - quite some years later as it's now Fedora 23. Undoubtably, Linux...

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