Is security by obscurity an outdated concept

Once again the old question of which operating system is more secure has come up. So I’ll ask the question – Is security by obscurity an outdated concept? Most of the experts recently interviewed seemed to agree that Apple products aren’t as secure as consumers think. Apple still has a relatively small user base. Even after years of being on the market. Having less people using their operating system does make them less of an attractive target to malware writers. So security by obscurity might not be an outdated concept just yet.

What the security experts did state is that security depends on who is using the machine, their habits and chosen browser. I won’t go on a browser rant here. But I will say that every available web browser has had it’s share of vulnerabilities, bugs and exploits over the years. It does the online community no good to keep hyping Firefox as an easy to use exploit free alternative. Honestly I feel all you are doing is being dishonest with consumers when you do this. I currently use a Mozilla based browser SeaMonkey. I’m not doing this for security reasons.

If anyone is giving truthful advice. They would state that security over the years hasn’t really changed.  Of course there are always new challenges and exploits. But for consumers the basics are still the same as they were years ago. Make sure you run antivirus and firewall software. When updates for your operating system and software are available make sure you apply these soon after they are released. There are rare cases where security fixes will cause hardware problems. Very rarely if ever do these glitches lead to data loss. The same can’t be said for a computer that gets infected by some form of virus, trojan or other malware. It’s best to apply the security update than to risk having your machine compromised.

One key reason I’ve stopped writing about security subjects is because it has become boring. You see the same arguments over and over. The basics of how to stay secure never change though. What also doesn’t change are the bullheaded users who refuse to secure their machines in even the most basic form. Software exploits can lead to many infections. But in many cases this has do to with a computer user not having basic security in place. There are plenty of people that want to make you feel this stuff is rocket science. It’s far from it. You don’t need 10 pieces of software all doing the same thing installed. You just need a bit of common sense, antivirus and firewall software. If you keep these updated along with your installed programs. You should have a secure and fairly care free Internet experience.

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