This video is very geeky, lots of technobabble that most of us won’t understand. But it thankfully short, and understandable enough – even for a technophobic Ba’ku boy – to make you really think twice about using Microsoft Windows if you don’t have to (like at work or school if you’re just stuck with it). But at home, or anywhere that the “rules” don’t require you to use Windows, seriously look at an alternative! I wanted to try Mac, but the price tag was unbelievably incredibly ridiculous! Looking for any other alternative, I discovered Linux and found one perfect for a technophobic student. Heck I even did all my schoolwork on Linux, using LibreOffice and saving it in Microsoft Word format or pdf.
Anyway, three flaws that make Microsoft Windows so susceptible to viruses and stuff:
Programs run as “Administrator.” This means most programs running on Windows have total access to everything, including system files – like knobs and levers and pedals and whatever that controls the machine!
Hardware drivers – not part of the kernel, but added on from different vendors (who may or may not be Microsoft) with God Only Knows what’s in them – but they too have “root” (Administrator) access. They have to. In Linux, though external drivers are rarely used, but most drivers are written right into the kernel.
No permissions assigned to individual programs. One program has all access to run amok, system-wide, unchecked. Yikes!
Anyway, techno-wizardly super geek or not, this video offers some important info about the most used operating system in home computers (Linux rules the server market!). It’s only 7 and 1/2 minutes long, so it’s endurable. I share it because it’s important, okay?