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  • Another Good Reason to Use a Mac.

    Posted by Shannon Love on November 10th, 2009 (All posts by )

    Sloppy PC security leads to people being framed as downloading child porn. Of course, if you are a pedophile, you want to use a Windows machine so you have the handy, “a hacker did it!” excuse.

     

    8 Responses to “Another Good Reason to Use a Mac.”

    1. Jose Angel de Monterrey Says:

      I have a macbook, so I don’t really have to worry about viruses and worms, I actually never use an antivirus in my macbook, it’s so safe you don’t need it, of course you also need to have good browsing skills, and you shouldn’t visit dangerous sites either, but I also have a pc and I´d just suggest people not to use microsoft’s internet explorer, whatever version, 7 or 8 or whatever, they are all the same, they are an open window to all kinds of viruses and worms populating the web. Firefox has also become a target for these worms, I’d use Google Chrome or Opera, they are a lot safer to use. The problem with Windows is that you cannot unistall IE, it’s embebbed into the OS. I wish there was a way to do that.

    2. TMLutas Says:

      Virii and other malware aimed at the general population need to execute something and need to have certain files in predictable places for them to do anything. To protect yourself, pick a minority platform. Even if someone were to release a virus for AS400, it’s likely to propagate to a Windows, Mac, or Linux system before it hits you and thus won’t ever even get a chance to hurt you.

      This logic does not work as well for cross platform software. If you release a Microsoft Office virus and run that on your Microsoft Office equipped Mac, you can still get infected. If there’s an Apache virus out there, your Mac and Linux computers will be vulnerable while most of your Windows boxes won’t be.

      It’s a challenge to use software popular enough that you can get technical help for it but obscure enough that malware makers won’t target it that much.

      In the end, vigilance is all you really have.

      …typed on a Mac.

    3. tdaxp Says:

      Between spyware and Microsoft COFEE (a tool written by MS, that exploits known holes in Windows security), it’s dangerous to use a PC as your primary platform.

      Macs call more loudly each year…

    4. J. Scott Says:

      I switched to a MacBook Pro last month—and wonder why in hell I waited so long!

    5. Nicholas Says:

      Strange that Linux wasn’t mention, it’s pretty secure too, and I’m very happy with it (Ubuntu 9.10).

    6. warmi Says:

      Yeah, Windows PCs are plagued with viruses and stuff but the basic problem with Macs for me is that their OS sucks … so I am stuck with Windows.

    7. Shannon Love Says:

      Warmi,

      Yeah, Windows PCs are plagued with viruses and stuff but the basic problem with Macs for me is that their OS sucks…

      So, you view viruses and “stuff” as system features? ;-)

    8. TMLutas Says:

      warmi – Could you give a clue as to an OS that doesn’t suck? I’m conversant in 3, Windows, Mac, and Linux. I’m currently studying for enterprise certification in Windows 2008 (what used to be called an MCSE which I already possess for Windows 2000 & NT). I am well aware of all of their shortcomings and strengths. Given different criteria, I can rig a test so that any one, none, or all of the operating systems qualify as full of suck.

      What are your criteria?