The Web is Broken: We'll never feel secure

I've been thinking about the security of different OS and I think we have reach a very interesting point in the development of computer systems. If you use a modern Operating System: Mac OS X 10.6, Linux (a recent version like Ubuntu 9.04 or later), or even Windows 7 (or Vista), you'll be reasonably secure without installing anything extra. Yes, I said it, even with Windows 7 you don't have to install an antivirus program, my advice is don't use Internet Explorer, version 8 seems secure but there is no reason to take chances. There are still dangers, phishing scams and malware, you have to be careful with what you install, but the three modern OS ask your permission before installing something, so provided you are careful with what you install and what you click on emails, you are going to be ok. Furthermore, there is no software solution for phishing or for malware that requires installation, so you have to learn this things to be secure anyway.

So, if while the situation is good, the ecosystem and financial motivations are completely wrong for security. Antivirus company and security experts have a vested interest in tell you that there are threats and problems everywhere! Otherwise, you won't need them. Imagine if we did the same in our houses as we do with software. Those Windows? Any kid can broke them with a rock! Those locks? They are trivial to pick! Anyone can get in your house if they want, why do you feel secure? Because security doesn't depend on theoretical vulnerabilities, it depends on experience on real events. When was the last time that there was a big virus contamination? It was years ago! Yes, there are botnets that produce spam, but those are running Windows XP. We have to get rid of XP, but we won't make it, because everybody is going to slam Windows 7 like they did Vista. Specially, those security experts... They can't risk people discovering there are no real world problems anymore.

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