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Why there aren’t viruses for Macs — it’s not because of low market share.

Here’s an interesting article to fuel the ongoing Mac vs. PC debate.

As a user of both platforms, I must agree through experience that my Windows machine has had more vulnerabilities to viruses, adaware, spyware, and other malicious code than my Mac machine! And I’ve had to help friends and relatives who have had problems with malicious code/windows vulnerabilities.

As for my Mac? Call me brave but I don’t even have any virus protection on my Mac! And Mac OS X, with its solid foundation in BSD (a variety of the Unix operating system), is a much more dependable and stable OS. Most of the web servers out there run on some variety of Unix or Linux because of this solid foundation.

Between my PC and my Mac, I have to reboot the PC much more frequently because of “freezes” and other miscellaneous glitches. About the only time I ever reboot my Mac is when I have to restart/reboot the system because of software updates, etc…

[ Just something to think about before purchasing a brand new computer ]

“Apple haters love to claim that there are no viruses for Macs because there are so few compared to Windows machines. Virus creators are in the business because of ego. And what would be a bigger ego boost than being the first to create a widespread OS X virus?”

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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

2 COMMENTS
  1. KC

    …”And what would be a bigger ego boost than being the first to create a widespread OS X virus?”
    Oh no! Please lets not encourage those jobless idiots who go around creating viruses! I am thinking about switching over to a mac laptop as soon as i have enough set aside for my new machine. I think i’ve had it with Windows for now, especially since they are going to “phase out” XP, and the Vista requires some really beefy hardware requirements. (1GB at least..) Which i’d rather have on a MAC machine. I am just hoping it eats up less memory and runs more smoothly, for the amount of RAM it takes to run a Windows XP platform. I have 600MB RAM currently and it’s barely enough! And fustrating, even without running any design programs on it, like the illustrator and the photoshop! *sigh* It takes up too much maintanence…

  2. KC

    …”And what would be a bigger ego boost than being the first to create a widespread OS X virus?”
    Oh no! Please lets not encourage those jobless idiots who go around creating viruses! I am thinking about switching over to a mac laptop as soon as i have enough set aside for my new machine. I think i’ve had it with Windows for now, especially since they are going to “phase out” XP, and the Vista requires some really beefy hardware requirements. (1GB at least..) Which i’d rather have on a MAC machine. I am just hoping it eats up less memory and runs more smoothly, for the amount of RAM it takes to run a Windows XP platform. I have 600MB RAM currently and it’s barely enough! And fustrating, even without running any design programs on it, like the illustrator and the photoshop! *sigh* It takes up too much maintanence…

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