I gave up on Windows years ago. I hear it's gotten better, but I have not used it since XP, so I don't know that first hand. I do know that every single user that had his wallet.dat / BTC stolen was using Windows.
I'm asking because I know Linux and I know how to secure Linux, I know OSX and I know how to secure OSX, but I do not know Windows or how to secure Windows.
If you're so sure that Windows is secure, then tell me how to tell my buddy to secure his wallet.dat on Windows. Or point me to a forum thread or article discussing such.
I used the forum search, but it kinda sucks.
This. When I worked in the department of the university i work at that did the PCI DSS a while back, our number one rule was if you used windows, it had to be the special one JUST for POS. For people making the move to PCI DSS compliance that were already using windows, we had to go through and swap everything that we could with some type of UNIX (which got odd looks from the computer illiterates at the POS, less so when we had the money to put in a mac server). God, we actually had this one incident were there was a keylogger on the servers used at the pharmacy. How do you get a keylogger on a computer thats running in headless mode? Only with windows. So many horror stories can be told about windows.
Personally I keep my secure wallet on an encrypted volume on my BSD drive. Why do I have a BSD drive? Because the only people that use BSD in any form are usually OS X users, and I'm 100% sure that Mac Binaries aren't compatible with the BSD distro I have, so there would be little interest in making malicious software for it. And it doesn't even have a GUI, I just use bitcoind. Id like to see someone get a virus on there in the two wget's I did and the blockchain i have downloaded.