Wall Street Journal’s Mossberg: ‘The single most effective way to avoid viruses and spyware is to si

“If you use a Windows personal computer to access the Internet, your personal files, your privacy and your security are all in jeopardy. An international criminal class of virus writers, hackers, digital vandals and sleazy businesspeople wakes up every day planning to attack your PC,” Walter S. Mossberg writes for The Wall Street Journal. “And the company that controls the Windows platform, Microsoft, has made this too easy to do by carelessly opening numerous security holes in the operating system and its Web browser. Even if you install the recent Service Pack 2 update to Windows XP, you will still be vulnerable.”

MacDailyNews Take: Get ready, this gets really good…

Mossberg writes, “The single most effective way to avoid viruses and spyware is to simply chuck Windows altogether and buy an Apple Macintosh. Apple’s operating system, Mac OS X, is harder for the criminals to infect, and the Mac’s market share is so small that hackers, virus writers and spies get little thrill, financial gain or publicity from attacking the platform. There has never been a successful virus written for Mac OS X, and there is almost no spyware that targets the Mac. Plus, the Mac is invulnerable to viruses and spyware written for Windows. Not only is it more secure, but the Mac operating system is more capable, more modern and more attractive than Windows XP, and just as stable.”

“Macs are as good as, and often better than, Windows PCs at doing the most common computing tasks: Web browsing, e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, photos, music and video. The Mac version of Microsoft Office can handle Windows Office files with ease, and it produces files that Office for Windows handles effortlessly. Apple’s computers are also gorgeous,” Mossberg writes.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: One question looms: will the world’s richest man now cancel his Wall Street Journal subscription? Mossberg, a highly respected reviewer and tech writer known for his straight, truthful articles, has really done it this time! The storm clouds have been brewing for awhile, as you can see from our related articles below, but Mossberg’s article turns a sun shower into a category 5 hurricane headed straight for Redmond. Even though Mossberg concedes that “switching platforms is expensive and scary to people” and proceeds to give advice for those afraid to pitch to Windows in the dumpster, Apple will sell more Macintosh computers to switchers/adders because Mossberg dared to write the truth. For our Windows-only friends, information about how to smoothly add a secure Mac OS X machine to your computing arsenal can be found here.

Newsweek magazine calls Mr. Mossberg “the most powerful arbiter of consumer tastes in the computer world today.” Time magazine calls him “the most influential computer journalist.” Rolling Stone calls him “the most powerful columnist in technology.” The Washington Post declared Mr. Mossberg “one of the most powerful men in the high-tech world” and “a one-man media empire whose prose can launch a new product.” And the New York Times calls him a “protean critic of the new economy’s tools and toys.”

If you’d like to send Mr. Mossberg an email, his address is: mossberg@wsj.com

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  1. Come into the light PC users, and you will see why we are fanatics! I have had three friends (PC users all) who have bought PowerBooks (and iPods) in the last few months who are thrilled with the user experience. I’m predicting a nudge in the ole 3% market share this year…. Kudos to Mossberg!

  2. I personally know of 2 people that have switched from Windows to a Mac in the last month and another that is seriously considering it. It’ll take time, but everyday more and more people are gradually waking up.

  3. The only thing about articles like this is that the only people who read them are people like us, those who read technology news like some read the sports section. I dare anyone who read this article to find someone on the street who did. The conventional wisdom (aka common ignorance) is still that Windows is the system to have if you’re in business and a Mac is a cute home computer.

  4. I think Mossberg made a secret deal with Jobs back at that Digital D conference.

    Mossberg asked Jobs why Apple doesn’t highlight it’s security relative to Windows, and Jobs punted the answer. (See Alwayson-network.com or WSJ.com for article.) Since then, it seems Mossberg has taken every chance, almost weekly, to highlight OS X’s security. And this is the furthest he has gone!

  5. A Mac user riding in a Windows user’s car, stuck in a traffic jam:

    Driver: Wow, this traffic is really slow. It’s going to take forever to get through this.

    Passenger: Why don’t we just turn here and go on that back road? It goes a little bit out of the way, but there’s no traffic, so it will be faster.

    Driver: But if all of these cars were on that road, it would be just as backed up!

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