Mossberg: ‘consider dumping Windows altogether and switching to Apple’s Macintosh’

“The Windows computing platform is in a genuine crisis. Windows computers are being attacked, every day, by an international army of digital criminals who seek to spy on users, turn their own computers against them and deface, corrupt or destroy their data.There have long been computer viruses, but until the past couple of years, they were mainly a nuisance. Now they have grown into a serious problem-by one account there were 5,000 new Windows viruses discovered in the first six months of 2004. And the virus plague has been trumped by a new type of malicious software, spyware, which can track your activities, bombard you with unwanted ads, even steal your identity,” Walter S. Mossberg writes for The Wall Street Journal.

“Spam has also grown exponentially, clogging e-mail boxes and carrying with it malicious software. For some people, e-mail has become a curse. And that’s not all. Every minute of every day, hackers using automated software scan the Internet looking for computers vulnerable enough to invade and, in some cases, to surreptitiously take over. Without your knowledge, they can turn your computer into a ‘zombie’ machine rigged to help them spread their nasty viruses, spam and spyware,” Mossberg writes.

“So for consumers and small businesses — everyone without a large IT department to manage security — the Windows computers they use have become huge burdens instead of helpful tools. If you do get a severe virus or spyware infestation, you may have to spend hundreds of dollars and many hours to wipe your hard disk clean and start fresh, quite possibly losing crucial data in the process,” Mossberg writes. “If you’re totally fed up with the security crisis but want to continue using your computer for common tasks, consider dumping Windows altogether and switching to Apple’s Macintosh, which uses its own operating system, called OS X. There has never been a successful virus reported on OS X, and there is little or no spyware for the Mac.”

Mossberg writes, “In my view, Macs have better hardware, a better operating system and better bundled software than Windows PCs. They are as good as, and often better than, Windows PCs at e-mail and Web surfing; at word processing and other productivity tasks; and at handling digital photos, videos and music. And most popular Windows file types open right up in Mac programs, without the need for any conversion or translation.”

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47 Comments

  1. Everything in this article goes with out saying and Microsoft has a real mess on their hands and we can only hope that the Mac OS will never go down the same road.

  2. Walt it straight out telling people, “Unless you want to deal with this garbage in Windows by yourself, and can’t afford to hire someone else to deal with it for you, switch to a Mac.” I think we’ve been waiting for this article from him for awhile. I like Walt. I think he’s on the ball when it comes to tech news, and he doesn’t pull any punches, against Microsoft or Apple.

  3. “which starts at just US$499 — it just might be the perfect machine for you. And don’t forget to bump the RAM up to 512MB, you’ll want it.”

    So, it’s not really $499 is it? If you’re going to be the PR arm of Apple, at least be honest about it. So its really $575 for a usable computer (or really $624 w/ the upgrade to the neccessary 80gb drive). Still a decent deal…..

  4. I’ve had a feeling for awhile now that Mossberg has been working his way up to a full blown decrying of Windows and urging people to move to Macs. Looks like he’s finally done it. Good on ya, Walt!

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