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03.11.10

Vista 7 Unacceptable for Large Businesses and Windows XP Still Not Secure

Posted in Security, Vista 7, Windows at 7:57 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Sink or leak

Information crisis

Summary: Intel migrates only about 3% of its workforce to Vista 7; many of the rest use an operation system with a “built-in” vulnerability that compromises designs/trade secrets

TRUTH be told, neither Vista 7 nor Windows XP proved to be secure (references gathered at the bottom). Here is where Windows users are at, based on the latest news:

Intel: Just 3,000 employees run Windows 7 (Intel’s problems with Vista 7 were covered here earlier this month)

Despite the firm’s rapid turnaround of PCs and its very public partnership with Microsoft, Bryant said that so far it had shifted just 3,000 of its 80,000 plus employees onto Windows 7.

Windows XP’s built-in Wi-Fi Security Hole

I noticed that I kept seeing “Free Public Wifi” APs (access points) showing up. I assumed it was someone trolling for innocents wanting to be infected with malware. I was wrong. It’s actually a much more interesting Windows XP security flaw.

Botnet takedowns ‘don’t hurt crooks enough’

The takedowns of the Mariposa and Waladec botnets last week were victories for the good guys, but security experts warn that although cybercrooks suffered a bloody nose they collectively retain the upper hand in their ongoing conflict with law enforcement and its security industry allies.

The author completes this article without mentioning Windows! Time for an awareness campaign? We’re working on it.

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2 Comments

  1. Needs Sunlight said,

    March 12, 2010 at 2:00 pm

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    The media sure has bad amnesia. Just a few weeks ago, several governments were publicly recommending to leave Windows for security reasons. It was phrased as abandoning MSIE, but since MSIE is inoperably metastasized through Windows, both must go. No great loss.

    The other systems are so much easier to use and maintain that Windows in general is unacceptable for large businesses. You have to wonder how many people are being let go to finance the support and ongoing cleanup from Windows messes?

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    The media sure has bad amnesia.

    It’s more complicated than amnesia.

    Microsoft has ways of ensuring that opposition in the media stays out of the game. Robert X. Cringely, the former PBS Columnist (by the way, he got fired last month), once said that “Microsoft’s goal is domination of the global information business, which is to say all business. Phone companies, cable television companies, post offices, stock exchanges, banks, treasury departments — all of these are viewed by Microsoft as future competitors.”

    I can’t help thinking of this interview.

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