It's probably safe to assume that the vast majority of Maximum PC readers aren't on the fence about whether to go with a Windows machine or a Mac OS X rig for their next system. But maybe you've been mulling a move to Linux because you fear Windows just isn't secure enough. A new Kaspersky report should put your mind at ease.
"For the very first time in its history, the top 10 rating of vulnerabilities includes products from just two companies: Adobe and Oracle (Java), with seven of those 10 vulnerabilities being found in Adobe Flash Player alone," Kaspersky wrote in its report. "Microsoft products have disappeared from this ranking due to improvements in the automatic Windows update mechanism and the growing proportion of users who have Windows 7 installed on their PCs."
In other words, you needn't worry yourself silly that running Windows is like wearing a 'Hack Me' sign on your back, so long as you let it update itself, or be diligent with updates on your own schedule.
Kaspersky also noticed a jump in the number of fake antivirus programs around the world in the second quarter of 2011, noting that its AV programs blocked attempts to install counterfeit software on 300 percent more computers than the previous quarter.