Cybercrime, note to BBC: other operating systems are available

So, I’ve started the week by (obviously…) listening to BBC Radio 4’s “Start The Week” in which Andrew Marr:

talks to the journalist Misha Glenny about the murky world of internet crime, as the cybercops pit their wits against the cyberthieves and hackers

In a curious coincidence the programme took place just after this year’s Software Freedom Day which is:

a worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Our goal in this celebration is to educate the worldwide public about the benefits of using high quality FOSS in education, in government, at home, and in business — in short, everywhere!

FOSS is free to obtain and as the New South Wales Police told their Parliament in 2009 regarding using the internet for a commercial transaction, one should use a Linux boot up disk.

So what advice did we hear today?

Misha Glenny told us the solution is to

get Appled up

Yes, of course, why didn’t I think of that?

In case we didn’t know already, in other programmes the BBC will remind us that these are tough times, and there’s not much money around. I don’t think it’s a major reveal to suggest that Apple is a premium brand and as a consequence is more expensive than the alternatives.

The cheapest alternative is the computer hardware you own already.

Without further payment you can just:

“get Linuxed up”

As MoneySavingExpert puts it:

The open source model has come a long way since it began, and the growing popularity of Linux-based operating systems and programs like Mozilla Firefox suggests it’ll only continue to grow.

If you (or the BBC) want to know more, may I suggest you contact your local Linux User Group where you will find someone willing to get you started. Hopefully the BBC do so before it broadcasts File on 4: Cyber Spies in which, apparently, we will learn more about how the average computer is subject to attack.

— Gerry Gavigan, Chair, 19 September 2011

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