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So yesterday I wrote about the latest iteration of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS coming out in my usual glowing terms. I feel like there was nothing amiss in that article after all Ubuntu, especially the version in question, is a stellar operating system that is rock solid and has served me well. A few people however decided to call me on my bias and asked me to publicly admit that there is no such thing as an invulnerable operating system under the sun.
Why I think Linux is inherently secure?
What makes Linux better than Windows in my opinion is not just the open-source code that is reviewed by scores of experts around the world. It’s the philosophy behind it all. In Windows, ignorant users can click around and blunder the way to productivity. The system is meant to be easy and fits many use cases by default. All you need to do is boot up, enter your password or just stare at your computer to login, get to the desktop and click on Chrome and you are watching cat videos.
So here is me doing exactly that. I think I should repeat that for emphasis: There is no such thing as an invulnerable operating system under the sun. I often say the best way to make your computer impenetrable is to shut it down and pulverise it thoroughly with a hammer. But even then who knows? I have seen FBI nerds in real movies pull information on a single surviving chip.
In Linux, things can be but are usually not that easy. While you can use Windows without knowing what a registry is. In Linux, you have to be hands-on with your configurations. Every action you take has to be deliberate otherwise your risk breaking things. Often you have to set up your desktop the way you want, Chrome is not installed by default and sometimes you cannot even play videos until you install the right codecs. Linux forces you to learn and pay attention to what you are doing. You are often forced to learn why you are doing things in addition to how to do things.
Linux rules the cloud. There is no other way to put it. This means there are more Linux cloud instances than the competition. Naturally that means more targets
These targets tend to be more valuable that desktop targets. A company attacked by ransomware is more likely to pay than…