A Defensive Computing Checklist    by Michael Horowitz
NOTE: I gave a presentation on Defensive Computing at the HOPE conference in July 2022
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MICROSOFT

My experience has been that Microsoft is not good at creating software and even worse at maintaining it. This opinion has been formed over many years, the articles below are just some recent confirmations of this opinion.

In light of this, I suggest avoiding all software from Microsoft such as their web browser (Edge), their email clients (Outlook in particular) , their Office suite (try Libre Office instead), their Search Engine and their email server (Exchange).

How a Microsoft blunder opened millions of PCs to potent malware attacks by Dan Goodin for Ars Technica. October 14, 2022. This is a very damning article and a worthwhile read because it is well researched and not just opinion. In brief: Microsoft had a bug in Windows Update such that it failed to protect Windows from known malicious driver software. Then, for two years, the company ignored everyone who suggested something was wrong. Even caught with their pants down, they can not come clean. Clearly Microsoft should not be trusted.

FYI: Microsoft Office 365 Message Encryption relies on insecure block cipher by Thomas Claburn October 14, 2022. Quoting: "Microsoft Office 365 Message Encryption claims to offer a way 'to send and receive encrypted email messages between people inside and outside your organization.' And according to WithSecure, it's not fit for purpose: the encryption method employed, known as Electronic Codebook (ECB), is insecure ... And Microsoft isn't fixing it.".

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See also the topics on Microsoft Office and Windows and Search Engines.

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