Now remember, there are more than 900 million devices running Windows 10, and Microsoft Windows’ total Desktop/Laptop OS market share is around 87.76% (that includes WIN10, WIN7, WIN8, etc.). The Linux Desktop/Laptop OS market share has been stuck around 2-2.06% for decades, so when you see *HIGH* vulnerability issues involving Linux, then it is also reflecting a *SERIOUS* ratio issue for such a limited share of Linux devices. Check out the charts in my Linux Kernel – ‘Portrait in Vulnerabilities’ post on the new *Linux Security Issues* page…the Linux Kernel has the 3rd *HIGHEST* “Most Technical Vulnerabilities” over the span of 1999 to 2019.

Windows 10 isn’t the most vulnerable operating system – it’s actually Linux:

  • Surprising reports paints Linux and Android as less secure than Windows.
  • An analysis of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s National Vulnerability Database, compiled by, tracked ‘technical vulnerabilities’ in popular pieces of software between 1999 and 2019.
  • Still, this serves to underline that Windows security is perhaps not as shaky as you might believe, at least historically, and indeed that Linux and Mac users shouldn’t be complacent.

The way I look at it is … when you plug your computer into an electrical outlet, then you become vulnerable to all sorts of attacks. However, in roughly 28 years of computer use I can recall only one malware problem…something send to me in an email by a friend as a “joke.” I’ve used most all of the Microsoft OSes during that time, plus most of IBM’s OS/2 OSes, plus various Linux Distros since 1996. Always had some kind of anti-virus software, except for Linux, until I moved to Windows 10 last year, so maybe those anti-virus software protected me…I know some were blocked, because the software told me so. Windows 10 comes with Windows Security, so there are no additional purchases or yearly renewal fees for anti-virus software, and I never saw one better at protecting my computers…full protection.