“Security through obscurity” may be a catchy phrase, but its’s not the only thing that’s catching among Windows users.
When it comes to control systems, a common question has long been: Is Linux inherently more secure than Windows? Being a fan of Linux/Unix systems, I desperately want to answer “yes” to this question.
When choosing an operating system, there are many different factors that are taken into consideration. However, security is becoming increasingly important. You only need to look at the news to see the increasing number of data breaches that are occurring around the world at present.
Choosing an operating system with care is your first step when defending your personal data. Unfortunately for Windows users, that’s just not true–as evidenced by the never-ending parade of patches coming out of Redmond. In fact, one of Linux’s many advantages over Windows is that it is more secure–much more. For small businesses and other organizations without a dedicated staff of security experts, that benefit can be particularly critical.
Linux is an open operating system, the codes which can be read by everyone, but still, accept more secure in comparison with other OS. Linux is growing rapidly in the market because there are more devices based on Linux, and that is why more people trust Linux.
Before we move on to technical issues, I will remind you that one hundred percent protected from hackers operating system does not exist. That is why, whether you chose Linux, OS X or Windows, the important point is to install applications to ensure security in the selected system. These applications, especially in conjunction with Linux, you increase your chance that even the most experienced hackers will not be able to access your system.
Five key factors underlie Linux’s superior security:
- Privileges: In Windows users by default have access to everything in the system because they are given administrator rights. If the virus will be able to penetrate their system, they can quickly gain access to important parts of the system.
On the other hand, in Linux, they have lower access rights, and, theoretically, the virus can only access local files and folders, the system will remain safe.
- Linux Is Open Source: This matters much more than people think. Because Linux is an open source operating system, whenever a virus or a huge bug goes public, millions of people from all over the world try their best to help patch it up. Once a user finds a way to fix the issue they can send their updated code directly to the official Linux employees and they can add it to the next update.
This system works well unlike Windows OS/Mac OS X where only a few paid employees have direct access to the code hence it usually takes longer for Windows and Mac systems to fix a bug or secure an exploit. Let’s hope Linux stays open source forever!
- Social Engineering: Viruses and Worms often spread by convincing computer users to do something they shouldn’t, like open attachments that carry viruses and worms. This is called social engineering, and it’s all too easy on Windows systems. Just send out an e-mail with a malicious attachment and a subject line like, “Check out these adorable puppies!”–or the porn equivalent—and some proportion of users is bound to click without thinking. The result? An open door for the attached malware, with potentially disastrous consequences organization-wide.
Thanks to the fact that most Linux users don’t have root access, however, it’s much harder to accomplish any real damage on a Linux system by getting them to do something foolish. Before any real damage could occur, a Linux user would have to read the e-mail, save the attachment, give it executable permissions and then run the executable. Not very likely, in other words.
- Less users: The number of users using Linux is much less in comparison with Windows and Mac OS.
As the number of users is smaller, fewer viruses will strive to hit their computers to gain access to important data.
- IPtables: An even higher level of security on Linux machines is implemented using IPtables.
This firewall that allows you to create a more secure environment for the execution of any command or access the network.
The question is not which operating system will best meet your security requirements. It is clear that Linux is not only immune to security problems – his virus scanners and firewalls make this operating system the best choice, for example, for a business than any other OS.
Best Of Luck.