Monday, July 06, 2009

Can Microsoft "compete" as a security vendor for its own operating systems

Brian Krebs has a recent story in the Washington Post on Microsoft Security Essentials. The underlying question, it seems to me, would be: if you buy a modern PC with Vista, will it really come equipped properly with what it takes to maintain safe computing. Do you still have to go to major outside vendors (McAfee, Norton, or the upstart Webroot Spysweeper, which is starting to look good to me)

Brian Krebs (in his "Security Fix" online column) writes in a story of Microsoft Security Essentials from late June (24), here, and leaves unresolved whether it will affect the anti-virus market as a whole.

Krebs is still critical of Microsoft (“Microslop”), for introducing software that the bad guys can always find holes in. There are probably some legitimate questions about the constant proliferation of very large automatic updates, any one of which could introduce a problem inadvertently. This raises an existential question about “conflict of interest” and whether Microsoft can be “trusted” do defend its own products.

There is a lot of advice going on that it is safer to switch to the Mac and use Boot Camp or multiple sessions to run things that really require Microsoft operation systems (like most of Expression Web). But that would seem to put the PC owner in a position of still needing all the attention to security as before. Therefore, someone in the market for a “modern” business or entertainment PC (even, say, a filmmaker or film editor, or a business envisioning a web application that benefits from Expression Web) still could do well to consider staying in the PC world and just “doing it right.”

I checked the Microsoft Beta site and right now it is not accepting more participants.

There is a related story July 1 on my "Information Technology Job Market" blog here.

Picture: notice the "Streetcar Named Desire" on the glassware.

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