Google Switches from Windows to Mac Due to Security Concerns

Google is switching from Microsoft Windows to Apple Mac company-wide due to security concerns.

The move comes after news in January that Google was hacked in an attack originating in China. Those attacks used a security vulnerability in Internet Explorer for Windows. News of the report comes from the Financial Times who cites several Google employees.

“We’re not doing any more Windows. It is a security effort,” said one Google employee.

Windows is known for being more vulnerable to attacks by hackers and more susceptible to computer viruses than other operating systems. The greater number of attacks on Windows has much to do with its prevalence, which has made it a bigger target for attackers.

Employees wanting to stay on Windows required clearance from “quite senior levels”, one employee said. “Getting a new Windows machine now requires CIO approval,” said another employee.

The majority of those moving away from Windows PCs are moving to Mac OS according to another Google employee. New hires are given the option to run Mac OS or a Linux-based machine.

Google and Microsoft compete on many fronts, from search, to web-based email, to operating systems. While Google is the clear leader in search, Windows remains the most popular operating system in the world by a large margin.

Google employs over 10,000 individuals worldwide.

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