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Doe the Operating System You Use Affect the Security of Your Computer?

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Over the years people have been arguing about which operating system is the option for your computer. Back then there were more operating systems on the market. Today the major three operating systems out there are Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. One question that many computer users often ask is which operating system has better security features.

Previously Microsoft Windows was thought of as the least secure operating system out of OS X, Linux and Windows. Microsoft was unconcerned with the security of Windows in the past. Instead their developers chose to prioritize the user experience with Microsoft Windows. Linux and Mac OS X were built on an architecture that is similar to Unix. This means that the developers of Mac OS X and Linux thought about the security of their operating system ahead of time.

This changed when internet users started developing viruses and malware. All of a sudden the Microsoft Windows operating system was put to the test. Microsoft has now fixed many of the security issues that Windows faced with the release of Windows 7.

Now all three operating systems are on the same level in terms of security. Windows does tend to get attacked more than Linux and Mac OS X. This is a simple reason behind this. Over ninety percent of computer users use Windows. Hackers generally do not waste their time developing viruses that will only affect a small portion of the population.

Regardless of how many security controls an operating system has there will always be somebody out there building a virus to break it. The only way that you as a user can avoid getting a virus, spyware or adware on your computer is to educate yourself on proper security practices. This means being very careful about the files you download and the information you give out on the internet.

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