Like Windows NT, UNIX was plagued with security problems in its early days. UNIX was not really developed with security in mind. In fact, the creators of UNIX initially developed it so that they would have a platform on which to play games.
UNIX is considered more secure than Windows NT because it has been around longer. UNIX was created in 1969 and since then has been the preferred victim for hackers everywhere. Because of this, UNIX developers have rushed to keep up, plugging security holes as hackers find them.
Despite its maturity, UNIX still has security problems. Although it is possible to make an extremely secure UNIX system by carefully configuring features and installing security fixes, many administrators do not have the time or budget to maintain a completely secure system.
A breakdown of security vulnerabilities with UNIX is not discussed here because they are beyond the scope of this customer report.
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