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* Most Linux operators are more familiar with the inner workings of their systems than most Windows users, so they are usually more capable of setting up their machines securely.

* Many Windows "features" require execute and other priviledges on the machine. This means that, by default, Windows security is set up to be looser. These priviledges can be taken advantage of by people with malicious intentions against users that have not made adequate security adjustements on their machines.

* Most "hackers" want to get the most bang for their effort. Since Windows is used on far more computers than Linux, they focus their efforts on creating hacks or viruses that effect Windows systems.

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