Here's a link to a story on how vulnerable Macs are to viruses. What do you all think?<br><br>Notice that the only expert quoted in the story, and the only source for the story, is Symantec. I guess they really have no conflict of interest, do they? :rolleyes:<br><br>Great wits are sure to madness near allied.--John Dryden, "Absalom and Achitophel"
_________________________ MACTECHubi dolor ibi digitus
Sounds like Symantec is digging for more sales.<br><br>I one way they are right althou grossly over stated. My understanding from Symantec a few years back was they said there are over 35,000 PC viruses and still counting new ones. There are over 600 Mac viruses and the majoriety of those you will need some kind of MS product on your machine to be infected. Yes with the new OSX the Macs do inherit any UNIX types of virus which I heard that count is less then a 100 out there.<br><br>PC = 3,5000<br>Mac = 700 do the math what ya think. Yes the Mac can get a virus.<br><br>I been running Macs for 8 years and never ever had a virus.<br><br>
Loc: Alexandria, VA
Not a very well-written article, IMHO ...<br><br>I know what it's *trying* to say - that users shouldn't be complacent about security just because they own a Mac - but it doesn't do a very good job, methinks =)<br><br>It also fails to support it's claim that "Mac users are no safer from the threat of viruses than Windows users" ... not that that is necessarily an invalid claim - just that the article offers no evidence to back it up ... it's a comparative statement, yet the only basis the article gives for that claim is that essentially:<br><br>any OS with a flaw might have that flaw exploited by a virus ...<br><br>which is hardly "shattering" evidence, and does not go to the point of whether or not Macs are safer than their Windows counterparts ... after stating that the Mac is indeed vulnerable to viruses at all, the article then makes the logical misstep of concluding that the platform is therefore "no safer" than Windows ... just silly reasoning ...<br><br>Also the statement that "there are still over 7,000 macro viruses which can hit either Mac or PC platforms" is pretty suspicious considering that the latest NAV definitions file for the mac has only(!) 4,618 listings (mostly macro viruses - thanks again M$ ... and how many of those actually interact with the Mac OS and how many are merely PC-centric that they just don't want incubating on a Mac?) ... so either he's incorrect, or his wonderful product doesn't offer protection against 2,382 known viruses =)<br><br>Anyways, a piece that may have started-out with a laudable message, but got muddled with sensationalist nonsense, IMHO ...<br><br><P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by six_of_one on 05/27/02 03:17 PM (server time).</EM></FONT></P>
#8316 - 05/27/0212:42 PMRe: Piece of Reportorial Junk?
There are exactly 100 Classic Mac OS viruses. The Simpsons AppleScript one for Outlook Express was the 100th.<br><br>There are more than 500+ MS macro viruses for the Mac. You deal with them if you use any Office program.<br><br>--<br>I am Dyslexic of Borg. Fusistance is retile. Your a$$ will be laminated.
dumb article... dumb editors... who the heck are they? never heard of them before...<br><br>Statistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.<br>-- Aaron Levenstein
"In the old days, you'd finish a day's work and announce, 'I'm done.' Nobody ever does that now. There's never enough time." -- Elliott Masie
Xplain's use of MacNews, AppleCentral and AppleExpo are not affiliated with Apple, Inc. MacTech is a registered trademark of Xplain Corporation. AppleCentral, MacNews, Xplain, "The journal of Apple technology", Apple Expo, Explain It, MacDev, MacDev-1, THINK Reference, NetProfessional, MacTech Central, MacTech Domains, MacForge, and the MacTutorMan are trademarks or service marks of Xplain Corp. Sprocket is a registered trademark of eSprocket Corp. Other trademarks and copyrights appearing in this printing or software remain the property of their respective holders.
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.