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. This is known since long time already. And even sw developers have hinted that to WIndows users but in a too subtle way: developers overestimated the average Wintel user.

    In all products it is written every time in the recommendation:
    Use Windows <flavor and vs> or BETTER.

    I followed that recommendation long time ago hence I use now BETTER: OS X !

  2. As much as I like Apple and Macs, I cannot help but feeling Mossberg is overdoing it. Yes most nasties target Windows and other MS software, but if you just keep the proper software protection on your PC and keep it up-to-date, you are ok.

  3. I overheard (eavesdropped on) a conversation on the train last week between two PC users. One was telling the other how pleased he was with his new machine. He then rattled through all the precaution he took, which basically read a bit like Mossberg’s list of things you need to do, and then said it wasn’t giving him any trouble. He seemed pleased that he was able to keep his PC clean, presumably long wnough to do a few other things on it too.

    I was very tempted to tell the guy what a terrible mistake he had made, asking if he’d consider it OK to have to check the oil in his car every day and top up the coolant once a week because the pipes didn’t fit as well as they might. But there was no point. I just chuckled to myself and let it go.

  4. Mac…”but if you just keep the proper software protection on your PC and keep it up-to-date, you are ok.”

    Thats the problem.. a majority of people that have PCs don’t think to do this… and they shouldn’t have to. Wow this is great I buy a PC then I have to purchase additional software to keep it safe.. That makes a lot of sense doesn’t it?

  5. Mac – overdoing it? If I HAVE to pay for and spend time maintaining all these protections for my PC, that’s a very real cost in terms of time and money. So the hidden costs of using a PC are much much higher than a Mac. And oh by the way, I may be “OK” as you say (even though I’m spending a lot more time and money to be “OK”) – but it’s really a time bomb waiting to go off that I don’t have with my Mac. New viruses show up all the time, and it takes time for the scanners to respond and for you to update. So “OK” is a relative term.

    Hywel – right on, man. Chuckle away.

  6. Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.

    OSX 97% markeshare, Windows 3%….only a fool would believe hackers/spam/trojans/viruses/etc would target exclusively the tiny Windows platform.

  7. “Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.

    OSX 97% markeshare, Windows 3%….only a fool would believe hackers/spam/trojans/viruses/etc would target exclusively the tiny Windows platform.

    Ah… the old “security through obscurity” myth. I thought that had been dealt with often enough on this site to relegate it to other flatlander “theories.”

  8. Sammy: most of the software that serves the web is non-M$ and very few viruses, etc. There are many markets where M$ is not No.1 – yet it is still M$ that has all the viruses. Why is that?

    70-80% of the design comunity use Macs apparently, again no viruses.

    Market share figures are fun to look at but do not equate with or correlate to security.

  9. Okay this is gay. Ive put together what it would take to put a 15 user organization together including the support costs. I sold this last year. They havent had a single problem, Infact, they havent called in 2 months. I check on them once a month just to check up and install updates. (I dont charge for updates) And chances are you cant even roll over anyway due to software compatability.

    16 Machines from Dell w/ Office 03 1200*16 $19200
    1 Windows 2003 Server w/ SUS $2000
    2 Days configuration 65*16 $1040
    Sonic Wall Firewall / Router $2000

    Total $20,640 over 8 months

    16 Machines from Apple 1400*16 -22400
    16 Copies Office 349*16 -5584
    1 Apple XServe 2999
    2 Days configuration 65*16 $1040
    Sonic Wall Firewall / Router $2000
    Two weeks Training 40*50 -2000
    Lost time (15 employees, averaging 20 hr) 12,000

    Total $48,023

    Anyone who switches to mac in an organization is a dumbass, Even with Viruses on a windows network, it would never get so bad to justify another 28000 bucks in spending every year.

    You gay are lost in the fog of your idol SJ…Sad, VERY sad.

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