In a field that was mainly dominated by Microsoft Windows the rules have changed. There are more viable options for you to use today. So which system is the best when you are getting into the world of computer security? That is what we are going to take a look at in this article. Hopefully by the end of it you will be able to make your own decision.
The advantages of Windows
If you use a Windows based operating system then that means you are going to have the same system that 90% of the computer users use out there have. This is especially helpful when you are fighting the bad guys. This means that you will know the computer good enough to be able to defend it on their turf. Also you will be familiar with the 40% of Windows based servers that are on the web.
The advantages of using a Mac
With a Mac you have the advantage of having the best of both worlds. Not only are you able to get the smooth interface that a system like Windows has, you will also have a nice UNIX based back end to use as well. And that is helpful when you are dealing with servers. Most of the servers that you will run into are UNIX based. But it will also put you at a disadvantage with malware that deals with Windows based system. You will not know the ends and outs like you would if you used a Windows based machine.
The advantages of using Linux
Most of the servers that you are going to have to deal with are UNIX based so there is no better way to know them than by having a UNIX based system. The Linux operating system is a derivative of UNIX and it will help you by knowing that the same commands you use on your system will be the same commands that you use on the servers.
So as you can see there are different strengths and weaknesses when picking which system you are going to use when it comes to working in the security field. But the good thing is that there is always a way to work around that deficiency.