Five reasons Google Chrome OS Security Wins
Nov 24, 2009, 21:32 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Google's Chrome OS has many virtues. Based on a solid
foundation of Ubuntu Linux, it uses the Chrome Web browser as its
interface to any and all applications. Chrome OS is also not so
much a Windows replacement, as it's an attempt to get rid of the
entire traditional idea of a PC desktop. If Google is successful
with this, one big reason will be its vastly improved security.
"Before I go into why Chrome OS will be much more secure than
Windows, I have to point out that Google has one big, honking huge
security problem to fix first: it's reliance on the fatally flawed
login/password model. If they can beat that problem, then Chrome is
likely to be most secure 'desktop' operating system we'll have ever
seen. Here's why.
"First, Google accepts that it's impossible to make an
absolutely secure operating system. They use a phrase to describe
this design philosophy that I think every developer should have
tattooed on their hands: "The perfect is the enemy of the good." In
other words, Google won't waste its time on trying to find some
perfect system that only exists in fantasy. Instead, Google is
spending time on making the best practical security system. This is
how it plays out."
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