In their words: Experts weigh in on Mac vs. PC security. CNET asks a host of security experts which of the major operating-system platforms is more secure for consumers.
Here's what they have to say. When I am asked the question "Which is more secure, Mac or PC? " I find myself stumbling around for a response because I don't have a clear-cut answer. I use both. And I use antivirus software with both. So I decided to conduct an informal survey of a bunch of security experts and see what they had to say in the hopes that people can use the information to help them come to their own conclusions. Before I provide quotes from the 32 experts who participated in the survey, along with edited comments from an interview with a Microsoft representative and a link that Apple provided, I'd like to share some relevant research from antivirus vendor ESET.
ESET released the results of a survey in November related to awareness of cybercrime in the U.S. For my survey I asked security experts: Which is more secure for consumers--Mac or PC, and why? Robert G. R. Protect Your Computer from Malware. Would it surprise you to learn that millions of computers in the US are infected with malware?
That's a lot of computers. So what's malware, and why should you care? Malware, short for malicious software, includes viruses and spyware that get installed on your computer or mobile device without you knowing it. Virus, Spyware and Malware Protection Guide. Ask A Geek: How Do I Protect My Smartphone From Viruses? Top 10 Benefits of Using Free Software. Educating students signifies a major revenue source for some of the proprietary software vendors.
In addition, it is a huge opportunity for these vendors to acquaint future adults with their product and keep their dominance forever. They spend huge amounts of money on marketing to acquire the support of educational departments. As an open source enthusiast, I believe proprietary software is incompatible with education because users are just inert consumers and are legally restricted from examining its source code. Education using computers should be free. It should not be an opportunity for corporations to ensure their software monopoly.
I am not forgetting the fact that proprietary software is sometimes powerful and reliable. No Corporate Obligations On the other hand, free software is a gateway for students to explore and learn. 1) Available at minimal cost Free software does not mean zero cost software. 2) Provides full freedom Richard Stallman once said: 3) No imposed upgrades. How to Tell if your Cell Phone is Being Tracked, Tapped or Monitored by Spy Software - SpyzRus.net. There are a few signs that may help you find out if your cell phone has spy software installed and that it is being tracked, tapped or monitored in some way.
Quite often these signs can be quite subtle but when you know what to look out for, you can sometimes find out if your cell phone is being spied on. This article series will deal with How to Find installed Spy Phone Software and then How to Remove Spy Software followed by How to Secure your Cell Phone. This guide should help for all types of Smartphone including Android and for the iPhone there are a few extra tips. It seems that almost everyone is obsessed with cell phones, from young kids’ right through to the elderly. Babies seem to be the only ones missing out so far! How to Protect Your Computer from Hackers, Spyware and Viruses.
This article has been inspired by a situation I ran into while visiting a cousin in India.
Since I’m in the IT field, she asked me to take a look at her computer since it was acting “funny”. The “funny” part was that the computer would automatically restart whenever you tried to install ANY software onto it or download any program from the Internet. The first thing I noticed was that there was no anti-virus software installed on the computer, so my first goal was to install an anti-virus program and check for viruses.
But of course, the virus that was already on the computer would not let me install or download anything! Smart virus! Most of the viruses on the computer were hidden in files that had been downloaded off the Internet: songs, videos, and movies. Which nation-state is behind the sophisticated, stealthy Regin malware? Symantec Security Response has discovered a new malware called Regin which, they say, "...displays a degree of technical competence rarely seen and has been used in spying operations against governments, infrastructure operators, businesses, researchers, and private individuals.
" This back-door trojan has been in use, according to the security company, since at least 2008, and has stayed under the radar since. The level of quality and the amount of effort put into keeping it secret convinces Symantec that it is a primary cyberespionage tool of a nation state. Regin is a multi-stage attack, each stage but the first encrypted and none by themselves especially revealing about the overall attack. The picture only emerges when you have all five stages.
Attacks were committed between 2008 and 2011 (Regin 1.0), at which point the malware disappeared. Even so, there is still much about Regin that they do not understand.