No this isn’t me trying to convince you to choose a particular computer, but rather warn you it doesn’t matter. According to this hackers are now able to attack the most popular computers with the same malware.
This is a fascinating development. This goes to show you that hackers are finding new and more efficient ways all the time to get things from people. Right now it is impossible to fully secure someone from hackers, but attempting to have the best security is always helpful. It may not prevent a determined hacker, but like a lock, it discourages lazy hackers to move to another target.
Ideally one day security will also be tightly integrated with enforcement. I hope that security products one day will have forensic evidence and send it to authorities who can stop this attack. I always send notifications to ISPs that their users are hacking a company and attacks from that IP stop. If everyone did this, those hackers would have nowhere to hide. Unfortunately lazy IT people and lazy ISP’s allow this kind of criminal behavior to continue.
It is really getting so that one day there will be automatic and robotic responses to these kinds of attacks. Some software is smart enough to crowd source and immediately stop attacking behavior like Palo Alto. Other software as well is catching up like the iBoss and Sophos I wrote earlier about. Having all of these would be a great defense. Of course there is always more to secure, which makes security very interesting.
One time I had a recruiter ask if I wanted to accept a security job and the company would train me. I have had these offers before where a company has offered to pay for my education. It is a flattering offer, but I don’t want to be just security. I find it very interesting, but variety is the spice of life as they say. However I am finding security more compelling the older I get. It seems to me more interesting that things I have been interested in before. Perhaps my career focus will change.
Until then, stay safe and keep your security software updated.