“When you run a virtual machine in Virtual PC for Mac, the operating system that is installed on the virtual machine may be vulnerable to attacks by Windows-based viruses if the virtual machine is configured to connect to the Internet directly through Virtual Switch networking. In Virtual Switch networking mode, the Windows operating system directly connects to the Internet. As a result, it may be vulnerable to attacks from Windows-based viruses and other malicious programs,” Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 828574 states.
“If the Windows operating system is connecting to the Internet by using Shared Networking, it is in fact connecting through the Macintosh operating system and the Macintosh networking connections. This type of connection can help protect your operating system from network-based virus attacks. However, your [Windows virtual computer] may still be vulnerable to virus attacks through e-mail messages. Microsoft recommends that you use an antivirus program to scan all your incoming e-mail messages,” Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 828574 states.
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Funny! Microsoft is basically stating that Mac OS X is secure and it can shield Windows’ inherent insecurity from the Internet. Seems like the safest way to run Windows is on your Mac!
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