Between this news and the Kapersky revelations last week, I think the strategy most people should follow for their personal pcs is clear.
- Don’t visit sketchy sites that are offering you free software, free movies, etc. And never download software offering the same. “If you aren’t the customer, you are the product.”
- Don’t install 3rd party AV/Security software, this software digs into the heart of your system and just creates another source of vulnerabilities.
- Do accept all patches from your OS vendor — Microsoft or Apple. You should probably allow them to auto patch your system without your intervention. You have already thrown your lot in with them, why hold back.
- Do run the latest OS from your OS vendor. That is where their best and brightest people are working.
Microsoft and Apple have a gajillion people working on security, it is in their interest to protect their products from attacks, you should align yourself with them.