12-19-2011, 07:03 AM #1
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What you see below is an excerpt from a conversation between an Orange service representative and a subscriber. In a nutshell, the unsuspecting user is being misled into believing that Windows Phone devices are prone to getting viruses, while Android smartphones are more or less immune to such problems
- 12-19-2011, 07:39 AM #2
On a PC with Windows, programs are dependent on the OS to run, which makes the OS easier to infect with a virus . On a PC running Linux, programs run independently of the OS, meaning, an infected program will not effect the OS. At least in theory. :D I think that's what he was trying to say.
I know there is a lot of malware out there effecting Android phones.
Last edited by palandri; 12-19-2011 at 08:40 AM.
12-19-2011, 08:37 AM #3
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Windows is easier to infect coz most users use Administrators account.
Linux security depends on users using normal accounts.
If you use root privileges accounts on Linux and you start executing downloaded **** you can do AS MUCH DAMAGE AS doing the same in Windows. Try and use a normal account in Windows 7 and I want to see if you are able to ruin the whole system. Try a simple 'rm -r /', that could be easily hidden in a stupid bash file, while using your administrator account and you are screwed.
12-19-2011, 08:40 AM #4
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- 12-19-2011, 08:55 AM #6
I wouldn't put too much stock in that.
That person likely works for a phone support company. They are probably also taking phone support calls for electric shavers, coffee makers, and the Flowbee all at the same time.
You can't blame them for getting confused now and again.
12-20-2011, 11:02 AM #8
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Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD, Unix, BeOS, OS2 all are susceptible to viruses. Windows just happens to be the most common operating system in the world, and therefore the most targeted. The aforementioned user privileges issue is also of large concern. Most computer virus infections are U53R error. Windows has gotten really good about warning people when things are going to be changed or installed or moved, etc. etc. but nobody pays attention to the messages, they just click the button that makes it go away.
"Techs" don't know what they're talking about. 'nuff said.
- 12-20-2011, 02:45 PM #9
I think reps and support agents got together, and completely failed their exams in learning the products. I don't know how people can be reps or support agents and not know the back and forth of the products they are selling.