Google Ban Windows Use Over Security Concerns – Now Using Mac & Linux

By Jamie Pert - Jun 1, 2010

According to a report that comes from the Financial Times, Google have apparently moved all users off Windows based systems due to certain security concerns, and have transferred them to the use of Mac and Linux systems.

Google does have a policy, which involves them moving users on to Google related products where possible as Google employees go as far as saying that Windows systems are to be distrusted.

This could potentially come back to an incident that occurred late last year where hackers from china infiltrated Google systems, aswell as the new reported compromised system.

Impressions from the report tell us that the system that was compromised was a Windows XP system, with Internet Explorer 6 and also logged in as ‘Administrator’. If this was a serious decision by Google based on this incident, Google should know better than to have a system running an inferior operating system when there are 2 (arguable) upgrades being Windows Vista and Windows 7 series, along with two more secure versions of Internet Explorer available.

But something here seems a little over exaggerated. Numerous articles like the one on PCMag say that this story is not to be fully trusted as it does not seems to come directly from Google themselves.

Do you think that this is the right path to take if you worked for Google? How would you handle the situation?

Source: PCMag

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