Attention all virus developers: Queue up at the unemployment office, cause Chrome OS will not be vulnerable to viruses, according to Google Engineering Director Linus Upson in an interview with New Scientist magazine.
“We are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don’t have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work.” says Linus Upson.
Google Chrome OS is based on Linux but unlike traditional operating systems, most of Chrome OS will take place in the cloud. Meaning, much less stuff to download to your computer, with possible virus and malware included. Security experts are said to believe this will improve security.
“Downloading updates is always going to be a step or two behind the cloud approach because it takes a while to get a fix out to a PC to install it,” says Paul Jackson of Forrester Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “The cloud approach allows patches to be applied much faster.”
Paul Jackson continues to say how he doubts that Chrome OS will be able to do all the virus fighting remotely. Even a web-based operating system will still be vulnerable to viruses and malware targeting the web browser and Linux itself.
I suppose virus makers doesn’t have to queue up at the unemployment office after all. They just have to work a bit harder if they want to target Chrome OS as well.
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