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elgato



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Posted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 3:19 pm    Post subject: 10 Reasons Why Security Problems Persist at Microsoft  

News Analysis: As much as Microsoft would like security problems to just go away, they won't. The chances of Microsoft eliminating most of the software flaws that invite new attacks are slim to nil. But there are many things that Microsoft should do to improve the situation. We take a look at why security issues continue to haunt the software giant and what Microsoft can do about it.

Microsoft sent out a patch March 9 for security holes in Office Excel and Windows Movie Maker. Recent reports also suggest that a zero-day vulnerability is currently being used to attack Internet Explorer 6 and 7, allowing malicious hackers to run remote code.

The software giant said it's aware of problems affecting computers because of the IE flaw. But it's just another in a long line of vulnerabilities that have yet to be patched in IE, Windows and several other Microsoft products.

Security has been an enormous issue for Microsoft throughout the years. As its software became more popular and as hackers became more sophisticated, Microsoft customers were being targeted at an astounding rate.

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DaLizardsLair



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Posted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 3:53 pm    Post subject:  

The biggest problem Microsoft has, is that after creating Windows, the folks at Apple prevented Bill Gates from copying anymore of their software.
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Solomon



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Posted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 3:57 pm    Post subject: Re: 10 Reasons Why Security Problems Persist at Microsoft  

It's an interesting article, but I think that really only one of the 10 reasons is relevant - lack of consequences.

If MS was actually held liable for the BILLIONS of dollars in fraud, theft, losses, and other associated costs that are the direct consequence of known and predictable security holes (there is a reason they are called "exploits"), the problems would disappear within a year.

MS has both the technical expertise and the resources to fix every security hole that currently exists in Windows and IE - they just lack the incentive.

It's far easier, and far more profitable, to keep marching forward with new releases "with better security", than to fix existing products.
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elpereles



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Posted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 4:06 pm    Post subject:  

Reason #4 is always the problem with any company. In many cases they know about the deficiencies and problems in the products, but their proud will never let accept it before getting it to the people.

"Security hole!? Really!? Oh, my god! We are gonna work with it!"

Reason #6 is another problem with companies. It is more easy to look the work of the competition and time watching them than improving their products.
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Brandr



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Posted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 4:41 pm    Post subject: Re: 10 Reasons Why Security Problems Persist at Microsoft  

If Internet Explorer wasn't an integrated component of the MS OS, I would uninstall it entirely. The best I can do is to never use it as a browser. Firefox is my default browser. MS operating systems are the primary target of hackers because they are overwhelmingly the most common OS in use, and thus hackers get the most bang for their buck for their dirty work. But security vulnerabilities appear in the software of many other software products as well. Adobe products such as its 'adobe acrobat' and 'foxit reader' are always falling victim to security loop holes. Thankfully my antivirus, Nortons, does an excellent job of detecting such threats and protecting my PC from any intrusions.
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GreyJaguar



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Posted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 5:05 pm    Post subject:  

My biggest problem is I have a 64 bit computer. The newest Adobe Flash download is not available for a 64 bit. Firefox causes huge problems form me because I can't install the newest Flash.

Therefore, I had to download Safari as a browser since it is available for pc users. So far, it works very well. The one issue I don't like with Safari is that it does not save user names and passwords. Or, maybe I should restate: perhaps there is a way to change settings and I just haven't taken the time to explore if that option is available.
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Brandr



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Posted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 5:56 pm    Post subject: Re: 10 Reasons Why Security Problems Persist at Microsoft  

@greyjaguar

I am running a 64 bit Vista Ultimate MS OS on my primary laptop, and I had no problem installing Flash 10. My computer can run as a 32 bit or 64 bit system and both the 32 and 64 bit versions of IE are available in my start menu. But I always use Firefox.

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GreyJaguar



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Posted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 6:20 pm    Post subject:  

Hi Brandr,
Yes, I am aware I can run on 32 bit. However, I have an HP dv7 series Pavilion notebook. You know one of those chrome keypad fancy ones when they started to come out. There is a HP forum for these dv models because of all the problems it has. Yet no fixes. I think at this point the excuse is; Vista. Supposedly Win 7 will fix it all. I haven't taken the time to upgrade.

Half the time if I want to use IE, it will not load for me. I did download IE for a 64 bit and it does work. But even with the newest flash in my computer for 32 bit, Firefox tells me I do not have it installed. So....I primarily use Safari.

But thanks for your info.
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Brandr



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Posted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 6:31 pm    Post subject: Re: 10 Reasons Why Security Problems Persist at Microsoft  

@Greyjaguar

I sympathise. I upgrade my computers every year to the latest models, but I still encounter bugs from time to time. for instance, thumbnail previews for video had disappeared on one of my vista machines. It took me quite awhile to fix the broken thumbnail cache links caused by downloading other video related software. It required a registry patch.

Have you considered that flash is not installing because your hard drive may not be labeled as :C? Just a shot in the dark.

And you've tried installing the Firefox flash plugin?

Sometimes it takes days of experimentation and tweaking to work out the bugs on my PCs. Sometimes I never find a fix...lol

All of my computers and peripherals are HP. I sometimes wonder why!

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