Windows 7's infection rates five times lower than Windows XP

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  1. funkydude

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    http://www.neowin.net/news/windows-7s-infection-rates-five-times-lower-than-windows-xp
     
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    Cool link. Thanks.
     
  3. J_L

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    Microsoft is improving. Let's hope that Windows 8 will do even better.
     
  4. Kerodo

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    Yep, pretty much as I expected....
     
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    Where's the source for that chart?
     
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    Windows 7's malware infection rate climbs, XP's falls

    It's amusing how statistics from surveys/studies/tests can be used to support various points of view!

    Windows 7's malware infection rate climbs, XP's falls
    May 12, 2011
    http://www.computerworld.com/s/arti...s/feed/topic/17 (Computerworld Security News)
    One could make the point that the OS is irrelevant, in that a knowledgeable user will be safe in any case!

    regards,

    -rich
     
  8. CloneRanger

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    The Botmaster has it ;)

    You ain't wrong :)
     
  9. PJC

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    No doubt about it. ;)
    +1. :thumb:
     
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    "Windows 7's marketshare continues to grow at a steady pace at the expense of its two older siblings, Windows Vista and XP, according to the data from StatCounter."

    Maybe, but XP is still the most widely used OS:

    "In terms of global usage, Windows XP is at 46.44%, Windows Vista at 12.5%, and Windows 7 at 32.64%."

    Ermm... OK ...

    "The above graph, which was extracted from Microsoft's Security Intelligence Report ... "

    Nuff said ... ;)
     
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    Statistics: the art of making numbers say anything that you want them to.
    Comparing infection rates of an OS that's been targeted and attacked for 10 years to one that's relatively new and quite different from its predecessors proves absolutely nothing. Makware writers will have it figured out soon enough. Enjoy this quiet time while it lasts.

    Some chart! What's this "unknown" wedge?
     
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    Chromebook is starting to look good LOL!

    They must be the Chromebook users ... :D ;)
     
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    What we really need to see is the percentage of users that were infected within the first 12 months of an OS's release.

    I do agree that statistics can be used for what you want them to show. ;)
     
  14. J_L

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    Far from it, Mac OS X and other Linux distributions are way more popular at the moment.
     
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    Ermm ... I was being a tad ironic ... :) ;)
     
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    Statistics: the art of Deception...:D
     
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    When I had statistics in college the first thing we learned was that numbers can be made to mean anything.
     
  18. Daveski17

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    "Lies, damned lies, and statistics"


    The term was popularised in the United States by Mark Twain (among others), who attributed it to the 19th-century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli (1804–1881): "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." However, the phrase is not found in any of Disraeli's works and the earliest known appearances were years after his death. Other coiners have therefore been proposed. The most plausible, given current evidence, is Englishman Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke (1843–1911). ~ Wikipedia
     
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