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10 Reasons You Shouldn't Blame Microsoft for Windows Security Issues

Apr 26, 2010, 22:02 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Don Reisinger)

"News Analysis: Microsoft sometimes gets a raw deal when it comes to security. The software company is often targeted as the reason why security outbreaks occur. But it's not always Microsoft's fault. Here, eWEEK looks at why Microsoft gets a bad rap when it comes to Windows security.

"Whenever it comes time to talk about Microsoft, the discussion almost always turns to the company's handling of security. Microsoft's critics say the software giant's programs fail to adequately protect users. They also contend that Microsoft takes far too long to update its software, which makes the trouble last longer. Admittedly, Microsoft's poor software design does sometimes cause major security issues. Windows has been inundated with attacks for years, and Internet Explorer has been a hotbed of malicious activity.

"But that doesn't mean that Microsoft is always to blame. Quite the contrary, there are times when the software giant is totally innocent. In those moments, users might want to point their fingers at third-party software developers. They might also want to look in the mirror. Yes, when it comes to security, users and third-party developers are as much to blame as Microsoft.

"Here's why:"

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