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Microsoft's security plan full of holes

A reader writes that you cannot add security to an OS; the OS must be designed from the start with security built in.


Microsoft's security plan full of holes

In response to the Feb. 6 Newsmaker interview with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, "Security, security, security!":

Do you really think Microsoft's emphasis on security is going to last? This is a company so paranoid that it came up with the WPA. A company so unconcerned with its customers that it doubled the price of XP vs. its previous OSes.

Now what you have is a company that is losing customers and sending a smokescreen trying to convince people that it is going to do what it should have done all along. And worse, it has doubled its charges so that we who have suffered will pay for the cost of repairing the programming errors its carelessness permitted.

Unfortunately, Windows will never be a secure system as long as it uses file sharing. With the size of present-day hard drives and available RAM there is not any justification for file sharing. File sharing was a necessity that originated back when computer abilities were measured in KBs. We deal in MBs and GBs today, and it won't be long before it is GBs and TBs for even the simplest computer.

Windows has charged a high price all along. Now it is going to be higher, and we have no guarantee that the security issue will be resolved.

Even Linux is prone to security problems and will be as affected when the number of users grows to the point where it is worth a hacker's time.

You cannot add security to an OS; the OS must be designed from the start with security built in. It's like building a car without doors and windows and then having them added by the dealership. They will never work right, nor will they keep the weather out for long. Like a dam that is springing leaks, plugging the holes is temporary at best. What is needed is a whole new dam using the latest technology with redundant safeguards so that a leak can't even get started.

But Microsoft will never provide a new OS built from scratch. Its mentality will never permit it to throw out everything it has done and start from scratch. Like the dinosaur it is, it will continue with its low survivability traits until a new OS emerges that is designed from the start for security, and then it will be eclipsed by its rival. Like IBM, which threw away its commanding lead in the computer industry, it will become a shadow of its former self or perhaps even extinct, like its brethren the dinosaurs.

Dennis Reiley
Flint, Mich.



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