Ad hoc patches, as pushed by Microsoft for years as the key to
computer security, are not a solution to today's security problems. CNET News reports on a new study that concludes:
unpatched Windows PC connected to the Internet will last for only about
20 minutes before it's compromised by malware, on average. That figure
is down from around 40 minutes, the group's estimate in 2003.
your computer will be successfully attacked before you can download the
patches Microsoft is recommending, what is the point?
Experienced computer security professionals may be able to
configure PCs so they are safe before connecting them, but what about
all the computer users out there without this level of expertise?
Alternative operating systems are looking better all the time.