According to the Financial Times, "Google is phasing out the internal use of Microsoft’s ubiquitous Windows operating system because of security concerns, according to several Google employees.
The directive to move to other operating systems began in earnest in January, after Google’s Chinese operations were hacked, and could effectively end the use of Windows at Google, which employs more than 10,000 workers internationally."
“We’re not doing any more Windows. It is a security effort,” said one Google employee.
“Many people have been moved away from [Windows] PCs, mostly towards Mac OS, following the China hacking attacks,” said another.
New hires are now given the option of using Apple’s Mac computers or PCs running the Linux operating system, employees wanting to stay on Windows required clearance from “quite senior levels".
Although Windows remains the most popular operating system in the world by a large margin, with various versions accounting for more than 80 per cent of installations, Windows is known for being more vulnerable to attacks by hackers and more susceptible to computer viruses than other operating systems. The greater number of attacks on Windows has much to do with its prevalence, which has made it a bigger target for attackers.
Would it make any difference if the victims were running Linux or any other operating system if an attacker can conduct such a sophisticated attack? It is not the matter of OS, their target is the user. Linux, Windows, Mac, whatever–everything has weaknesses. Especially the users of those systems.Besides Windows, we have other choices,Windows, Mac OS, and others, which one is your next OS? Change your OS or educate the users?
Reposted from Topsight