There's no safe place on the Web, reports former hacker Marc Maiffret, who shared some interesting insights recently with regarding Internet security. Nearly a decade after he exposed the vulnerability used by the Code Red worm, Maiffret gave Microsoft's security model high marks.
"Now, when you look at Microsoft today, they do more to secure their software than anyone," he said. "They're not perfect; there's room for improvement. But they are definitely doing more than anybody else in the industry, I would say."

In general, platforms like Apple and Windows Mobile have been less-often attacked because their market share is relatively small and hackers like to go after the big fish, said Maiffret, now a security expert.

But there's nothing that makes those platforms inherently more secure than the Windows operating system, he said, and in fact, that could be a problem for Mac users.

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