Columnist Bill Husted thinks Macs are better than Windows when it comes to viruses and worms, but he doesn’t seem to understand why.
“The Macintosh leaves the PC in the dust. Part of the reason is the operating system. But the biggest factor is that most viruses and worms target the largest group of machines: the PCs. Remember what Willie Sutton said when asked why he robbed banks? ‘That’s where the money is.’ It’s the same here. Creators of worms or viruses go after the biggest target. A virus is a tiny computer program. As is true of commercial programs, software intended for the PC won’t run on the Mac. Macs usually get a free pass. Is it possible for a Mac to become infected with a worm or virus? Yes. Is it likely? No. The PC gets a D-minus, the Mac gets an A,” Bill Husted writes for The Palm Beach Post in his weak Mac vs. PC article where he cops out by giving both a “B” letter grade.
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MacDailyNews Take: Bill Husted also writes for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. We sent him a copy of this article, along with links proving he’s spreading a myth. Mac OS X is simply more secure than Windows XP – it has very little to do with the size of the target and most everything to do with OS design. As The New York Times reported back in September:
Mac OS X and Linux are much more secure than Windows XP. For example:
– Windows comes with five of its ports open; Mac OS X comes with all of them shut and locked… These ports are precisely what permitted viruses like Blaster to infiltrate millions of PCs. Microsoft says that it won