Google exposed as it tries to show Microsoft above security


Google’s attempt to position itself as some kind of competitor to Microsoft on the basis of its security credentials has come under fire, with the company reporting third day zero in its Chrome browser just before the long weekend of Easter.

The company mentioned it had released updates for the stable branch of Chrome for Windows, Mac, and Linux ports. But, as usual, he did not provide details on CVE-2022-1364.

Frequent security issues are sure to have a negative effect on Google as it attempts to cast Microsoft as a bigger security issue than its own products.

On April 1, Jeanette Manfra, Google’s Senior Director, Global Risk and Compliance, posted a blog post affirming that about a third of government employees surveyed in [Washington] The DC metro area said it suffered disruption at work due to a cyberattack.

This was recorded at Microsoft, as government offices usually use Windows operating system and Microsoft applications.

Manfra wrote, “According to survey respondents, 84% of DC Metro government employees primarily use Microsoft products at work, including Word, Outlook, Teams, and OneDrive. This is confirmed by another recent Omdia study which found that 85% of government employees use Microsoft productivity software, by far the largest IT productivity vendor by market share.”

But if Google wants to prove it’s better, it needs to improve its own security. The fault announced last week is the third day zero of the year, even though it is only April.

Security through obscurity will no longer suffice. Companies need to be upfront about their product issues and simply patching will not work.

Google has an advantage over Microsoft, in that it has a mobile operating system that dominates the mobile market. Android is used by virtually all phones other than those made by Apple, although there are a small number that run other Linux-based systems.

Microsoft ditched its plans to stay in the mobile market a long time ago. Probably the idea of ​​having a monthly patch update day for its mobile operating system (Patch Friday?) was enough to give up on Windows Mobile.

The company’s experiment with Android turned out to be another disaster, the foldable device it made turned out to be a dud.

On the cloud front, Microsoft has the edge over Google; Azure is better known and much more widely used than Google Cloud.

But on the lobbying front, Microsoft is way ahead of Google. It was the only company authorized to continue selling software to Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei Technologies after the United States began imposing restrictions on the latter.

Google too requested an exemptionto sell the proprietary version of Android, to Huawei but never heard back.

Microsoft works well with Republicans and Democrats; Google is doing very well with the latter, but is hated by the right-wing crowd.

The spats between the two billionaire companies are interesting, if only because they give a copy. Long may they continue.


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