Choose Safe Computing or have it chosen for you
Written by Gordon Fecyk, 12/2/2011
I LOST A FRIEND to a piece of Windows malware today. No, this piece of malware didn't kill my friend, but it very likely killed our friendship. This friend's desktop PC picked it up about eight hours ago, and it promptly trashed their system restore checkpoints making recovery very difficult.
I happened to log on to an instant messaging system we use when this happened. My friend told me this wouldn't have happened if they didn't follow my advice and still used AVAST instead of MS Security Essentials. So this is my fault. My problem? They didn't follow all of my advice.
I am going to fire up my MAC. Tomorrow I am going to find my Linux DVD and boot from that. I AM SICK AND TIRED OF WINDOWS. IT SHOULD NOT BE NECESSARY TO MAKE A NON-ADMIN ACCOUNT JUST TO BE SAFE ON THE WWW.
My friend, forgive me for quoting that; no one should be able to trace it to you. To the rest of you: I need this quote, because I hear it every day from friends, co-workers and Windows-haters. They're switching from Windows to Macintosh, and they're digging up an old Linux distribution, just because they feel they shouldn't be forced to use a non-administrator account by default on Windows. Ironically, both the Macintosh and all Linux distributions force non-administrator access by default.
My friend: Where do you think Microsoft got the idea from?!
If you switch to a Macintosh because you're sick of Windows, that's OK. But you're only going to do what I'm preaching on Windows on a different system; you just won't have a choice in the matter. On Linux you can do your daily work while logged on as 'root,' I suppose, if you like using the 'sudo' command a lot, or if you like staring at red backgrounds all day.
Switching away from Windows just to avoid using non-administrator access, is just the absurd icing on that ironic cake. Windows' competitors force non-admin access on you even harder than Windows Vista does. It's like switching cars because of poor seat belts, only to end up with a car with worse seat belts.
My friend might have learned the hard way, but I hope that by using them as an example, you won't have to.
To my friend: I hope you understand why I had to publish this.
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