In a report that surprises even the PC lovers around here (read: me), Symantec has listed Microsoft Windows as the most secure OS out there. They claim that Windows had the fewest number of patches and the shortest patch development time of any OS, including Mac, Red Hat Linux, Solaris, and HP-UX (any HP-UX fanboys in the house?).
So what in the hell is going on? We've been spoon-fed all this data that says Windows is about as secure as a screen door while Macs are perfectly safe, yet OS X came in 3rd in the report (behind Linux, which came in 2nd). At first we figured Symantec must just be really biased, as they sell PC software, but when you think about it, it's in their best interest to have people think that PCs are vulnerable so they think they need Symantec's software. And furthermore, Symantec sued Microsoft last year, so it's not like they're best buds.
Maybe it's… true? Something tells me that if this report included Internet Explorer as part of the Windows OS it would be a lot different, but for us Windows users that use Firefox it's nice to know we aren't just asking to get H4X0Red every time we go online.