| By Ryan Russell |
Making a PC secure — truly secure — is incredibly difficult, and no one has ever done a perfect job of it.
Eliminating all security vulnerabilities in your system is simply not within your power, but you can make it a much less-attractive target.
Bad guys target the best-selling platforms
I subscribe to the school of thought that the most-popular PC configuration must fend off the most attacks. Currently, that means Windows and Internet Explorer. There are exceptions, but I’m talking in the aggregate.
And it’s not a linear ratio. A 10% market share doesn’t equal 10% of malware attempts. There have been exactly two overwhelmingly dominant computer platforms in the past 30 years: DOS and Windows. As a result, malware authors have focused overwhelmingly on both.
Here’s another way to look at it: if the problem is with Windows, but the world suddenly switches entirely to Linux or Mac, do you think the bad guys would give up on their hacking activities and start looking for legitimate work?
No way. An attacker will usually reap the greatest benefits by targeting a program that has the largest installed base. For now, that’s Windows and IE, but hackers will follow the market wherever it goes.