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So Google reckons that it can provide the perfect operating system in Chrome, even to the point where according to Google's Engineering Director, Linus Upson, it will herald the end of malware. That's what he went on the record to say, promising that Google was "completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don't have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates." Which could just end up being one of those 'why did I say that' moments that go down in software development folklore. Not least because as soon as you say something is 100 percent secure, is malware-proof then out of the woodwork crawl all the bad people just itching to prove you wrong.

One application vulnerability specialist, Richard Kirk of Fortify Software, told us "You can have the most bug-free operating system in the world – which is what energy companies have in the shape of the SCADA-compliant embedded firmware that drives their critical systems - but if the software has bugs in it, you're dead in the water."

Kirk continues "The plans of Linus Upson, Google's engineering director, outlined in the latest New Scientist magazine are laudable and, if they turn out to be correct, will make computing a lot safer for everyone, but the plethora of software that is available - and being developed all the time - makes the task of eradicating viruses impossible."

According to Kirk, this isn't to decry Google's plans for a secure operating system, although he also noted that the company's plans took a battering recently when two flaws were revealed in the Chrome browser application. The irony of Upson's plans is that embedded firmware versions of Windows are already in active use on SCADA-compliant systems in critical government and utility grids the world over, he explained. The downside of using an embedded operating system is that it cannot be easily updated, but that is a small price to pay for a more secure computing environment, the Fortify director went on to say.

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I note that Apple makes a similar claim with "Mac OS X is designed with security in mind. Its built-in defenses help keep you safe from viruses and malware without the hassle of constant alerts and sweeps" although further down the same security puff page it does have a disclaimer which states "The Mac is designed with built-in technologies that provide protection against malicious software and security threats right out of the box. However, since no system can be 100 percent immune from every threat, antivirus software may offer additional protection."

I don't think any OS can be bulletproof, certainly not for long. Give it market share of any kind, give it additional functionality of any kind, and the bugs creep in, the holes appear and the secure smokescreen is shattered.

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Problem is that {Chrome|Android|iPhone|TakeYourPic} will become the new malware. Why?

Google tried hard not to let you delete your mail (data). Same with Facebook accounts, wouldn't want to make it easy to delete your info (data) and account details (data) would we? They do not see this as your private information, it's potentially profit creating data, and it's theirs goddammit!

Facebook can see where and how you interact with others and what you are looking at. Now that Google has Chrome OS, they will be able to as well. Excellent. And in the meantime we have Phorm which is getting ready to jump out from behind the bushes at any time so that it can watch your data and online habits as it flows through your ISP.

Apple locks it's iPhone platform down so that you can only use XYZ telco, and only approved apps can run on it - basically it already has built-in malware that is in control of the product rather than the actual owners.

And I am sure there are another 100 startups just waiting to come and get as close to you as an immediate family member and improve your quality of life by selling your data in exchange for free services. It doesn't matter which one it is, or whether you swat one away (hopefully Phorm is gone now), but there WILL be a Goliath Corporation whether you like it or not.

All I want to know is, will there be a real life Thursday Next to save me??

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