Linux is by far the most secure operating system made. The world’s biggest companies, such as Google, understand this. That’s why they use Linux. How could Linux be so secure? Its simple, really.
Microsoft is not an open source company. They have only a couple hundred engineers working behind closed doors. Linux is an open source community, with the support of THOUSANDS of people! So any weaknesses in the operating system can be found and fixed immediately. This includes bugs and security weaknesses.
Also, Linux is on only 3.5 percent of all desktop/laptop systems. Microsoft on the other hand, is on over 90 percent. Hence, all hackers target Microsoft operating systems. Not only does Linux have a bigger army of support, but it’s a MUCH smaller target for hackers! Here is the biggest reason Linux is so secure:
As you know, Windows can have multiple users on one computer. Linux does the same thing. It’s called a “multi user” operating system. But here is the difference: Each user in a Microsoft operating system can gain access to the administrative parts of the system. On the other hand, with Linux a user MUST have permission to access the administrative parts of the system. If the user is not given administrative permissions, he/she could not infect the system with a virus if he/she TRIED to.
In order to compromise a virus immune Linux system, the user would first have to stumble across a virus made for Linux (not at all likely). Second, the user would need administrative permission and MANUALLY install the virus. Now, contrast this to Windows: Any user may simply land on a bad website and infect the whole system, including the other users, with a virus.
So if you had the choice, what would you prefer? A computer that can get viruses with ease, or a computer that you can’t infect at all?