It’s time for yet another columnist’s mea culpa on the order of David Pogue and David Zeiler. This time it’s Patrick Marshall. His Q&A article, based on myth, not fact, has just hit the presses, so we’ll have to wait for (or help along) the mea culpa part. Again.
Marhsall’s Q&A goes as follows:
“Q. My question is this: For those of us who use Macintosh computers and don’t have Windows or Word on the computer, are there any precautions we should take when a Windows virus/worm goes around?”
“A. The overwhelming majority of viruses affect only a single operating system. There are viruses that affect Macintosh and Linux, as well as Windows systems. Most of those who write viruses, however, are seeking to cause the most disruption they can. Accordingly, they write viruses for the most popular operating system: Microsoft Windows. The best precaution for all users is to keep an updated version of a high-quality antivirus program running at all times.” Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Wrong, Patrick. Mac OS X is not more secure than Windows because less people use OS X, making it less of a target. Mac OS X is more secure than Windows. Period. Read David Pogue’s mea culpa here for reference. Patrick Marshall can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Related MacDailyNews articles:
Is Mac OS X really inherently more secure than Windows? – August 26, 2003
BusinessWeek’s Haddad gets it wrong; thinks low market share spares Macs from viruses – August 28, 2003
Shattering the Mac OS X ‘security through obscurity’ myth – August 28, 2003
Fortune columnist: ‘get a Mac’ to thwart viruses; right answer for the wrong reasons – September 02, 2003
New York Times: Mac OS X ‘much more secure than Windows XP’ – September 18, 2003
Columnist tries the ‘security through obscurity’ myth to defend Windows vs. Macs on virus front – October 1, 2003