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Wednesday, 02 June 2010 11:08

Microsoft: who says we're not secure?


Responding to reports that Google no longer supports Windows for internal use, a Microsoft blogger has posted a defense of Windows security, complete with swipes at its rivals.

The story broke yesterday that security concerns had led Google to abandon Windows for its employees' use, steering them instead to Mac or Linux platforms -- or so it was reported.

The story didn't come from any official Google announcement, but from anonymous leaks and quotes from Google sources.

Nevertheless, Windows Communications Manager Brandon LeBlanc has rushed to his company's defense with a post on the Windows Blog. "We thought this was a good opportunity to set the record straight," writes LeBlanc.

He takes particular exception to the statement in the original Financial Times article that "Windows is known for being more vulnerable to attacks by hackers and more susceptible to computer viruses than other operating systems." The facts, LeBlanc says, don't support that assertion.

After citing hackers and "third party influentials and industry leaders like Cisco" in support of the idea that Microsoft works harder on security than other companies, LeBlanc lists a half dozen recent steps by the company to address the issue.

For examples and what he has to say about Google and Apple, see Page 2.

Among the "examples of the things we are focused on to help make our customers more secure," LeBlanc mentions:

"We ship software and security updates to our customers as soon as possible through Windows Update and Microsoft Update to keep our customers safe.

"Windows 7 has Parental Controls built in that can be combined with Windows Live Family Safety to create a safer experience on the PC for children.

"And Windows 7 also uses Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) as well by randomizing data in memory."

LeBlanc also takes the opportunity to take a jab at Google, linking to a Mashable article from last March about how Yale University had decided to delay its switch to Gmail, in part because of "security issues, and issues surrounding the way Google handles the data in its cloud."

Apple doesn't escape, either, as LeBlanc brings up today's report of a new piece of OS X-targeting spyware in the wild. He concludes by referring readers to the Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle Blog.



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