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Ubuntu Linux most secure end-user OS, according to researchers

Ubuntu Linux, the most popular Linux distribution, also is the most secure

By Michael Hatamoto on Jan 18, 2014 05:17 pm CST - 0 mins, 45 secs reading time

The Ubuntu Linux operating system is the most secure end-user operating system currently available, according to research done by the Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG). The CESG is part of the British Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ), and while none of the OSes is completely secure, Ubuntu Linux 12.04 was rated the highest.

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Each OS was rated on criteria such as Virtual Private Network (VPN) support, disk encryption, authentication, malicious code detection and prevention, incident response, and device update policy, among other categories. Ubuntu's built-in VPN struggled to meet the strict criteria set by the CESG, though hopes its own VPN will be supported with Ubuntu 14.04, scheduled for an April launch date.

During the analysis, researchers took a look at the following operating systems - for both desktop and mobile devices - Android 4.2, Android 4.2 on Samsung devices, Apple iOS 6, Google Chrome OS 26, BlackBerry 10.1, Ubuntu 12.04, Windows 7 and 8, Windows 8 RT, and Windows Phone 8.

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NEWS SOURCE:zdnet.com

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