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6-15-2007 @ 12:45PM
@Everyone (but especially you #3): From the point of view of a computer & network security consultant, I have to say that, yes, there are quite fewer viruses for the Mac than for Windows, with a list of reasons as long as my arm. But I must also remind you that our issue is not with the actual strength or security of your systems, it is with the average user's PERCEPTION of those systems. Most Apple fanboys (and especially you #3) are so damned smug about how few viruses there are for macs, many average users might decide to eschew important necessities like virus & spyware scanners, after all, Macs don't get viruses so why should I need one? A false sense of security is far far worse than no security at all. And the same goes to you, Linux community, you're not invulnerable either, stop gloating.And for my last jab of the morning, before you both gloat too much about the percentage of viruses being so low for Mac and Linux systems - keep in mind that virologists tend to write code attacking POPULAR systems. If you un-bury your head from the sand for a minute and stop reveling in how invulnerable you are, you might realize that only a small percent of viruses are coded for MacOS or Linux because they represent an equally small number of targets by comparison. Now consider the speed at which those few viruses there are will propogate through an un-protected network of smug bastards who take no precautions against them.
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