Windows PC security company’s switch to Apple Mac causes overwhelming reaction

“Winn Schwartau switched his office from PCs to Macintosh computers, a seemingly simple move that created an overwhelming reaction in the online world,” Dave Gussow reports for The St. Petersburg Times (Florida, USA). “Schwartau is no mere computer user. He’s a nationally known technology security expert from Seminole, so when he wrote in his online blog that he was tired of unreliable technology and fending off virus and spyware threats to his office PC he triggered a torrent of attention.”

Gussow reports, “In a column titled ‘Mad as Hell,’ posted Monday at the Network World Web site and his blog (securityawareness.blogspot.com) on Wednesday, Schwartau declared that systems using Microsoft’s Windows software and Intel processors are ‘a threat to the national economic security of any organization or nation-state that relies (upon) it… I know how to do all this stuff. The point is I don’t want to do it and I don’t think 98 percent of the computing public should have to do it.'”

The Macintosh community, always on the lookout for good news about Apple Computer and its products, started a flood of reaction. Schwartau’s blog tracked 9,000 visitors Wednesday, 40,000 Thursday and 12,000 by midafternoon Friday. In a month, it usually gets 4,000 visitors.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: More people use Macintosh than most people realize. Windows does not account for 98 percent of personal computer users. About 8-12 percent of people use Macs. Please see related stories below for more information about this misconception.

[UPDATE: 10:38am EDT: revised “98 percent” sentence in MDN Take.]

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42 Comments

  1. “98% do not use Windows.” ??? 98% of what people do not? Mac users? Or do you mean people who have Windows but don’t use it because it’s dead from virus overload?

  2. So the ‘cult’ of Windows brings its lynch mob to Schwartau’s door. It looks like Mac users are not the only ones who raise a stink on such debates. Am I surprised; uh NO!

  3. Another windblows user switches to Mac OS X for better security, productivity and style. Yawn.

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  4. The reaction of the windblows stalwarts clinging to the quite possibly the worse OS on Earth reminds me of that NRA slogan that goes something like: “… they’ll have to pry my gun from my cold fingers”. (Sorry, I don’t know the exact phrase as I’m not now or have ever been a ‘card carrying member of the NRA).

    I’m sure Bill’s estate appreciates their stupidity, uh, I mean dedication.

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  5. The article says the blog series is scheduled to be 30 entries and it implied that the conclusion may surprise. Is this all a set up? He gets all of this attention and then slams the platform? I know conspiracy theorist speak – I can’t see how that could be but I didn’t like the “dundundundahhhh” tone of the end of the Florida newspaper article.

  6. “But, Schwartau says, it’s too early for people to draw conclusions about what his switch really means. For one thing, he says he has posted only the first two installments of what he says will be a 30-part series on the subject. Second, he hasn’t abandoned WinTel, though he doesn’t want to give away the end of his tech saga.”

  7. It’s too bad Apple computer hardware always leaves you wanting for more. There are always one or two (or more) items you wish Apple had: better graphics, better bus architecture, better memory, better procs, etc.

    I know being a Mac user myself, I shake my head when comparing current PowerMacs and PowerBooks to current Wintel/WinAMD offerings… especially with dual-core offerings hitting the market. If you factor in price, then it gets even uglier. I sure wish Apple had better computer hardware. The aesthetics are nice on Macs, though.

  8. It’s too bad Apple computer hardware always leaves you wanting for more. There are always one or two (or more) items you wish Apple had: better graphics, better bus architecture, better memory, better procs, etc.

    I know being a Mac user myself, I shake my head when comparing current PowerMacs and PowerBooks to current Wintel/WinAMD offerings… especially with dual-core offerings hitting the market. If you factor in price, then it gets even uglier. I sure wish Apple had better computer hardware. The aesthetics are nice on Macs, though.

  9. It’s too bad Apple computer hardware always leaves you wanting for more. There are always one or two (or more) items you wish Apple had: better graphics, better bus architecture, better memory, better procs, etc.

    I know being a Mac user myself, I shake my head when comparing current PowerMacs and PowerBooks to current Wintel/WinAMD offerings… especially with dual-core offerings hitting the market. If you factor in price, then it gets even uglier. I sure wish Apple had better computer hardware. The aesthetics are nice on Macs, though.

  10. It is interesting to read the few (mostly feeble) attempts to defend the windoze platform in the comments section of the blog. One guy was like “I don’t have any problems with security, all I have to do is A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, and sometimes L and M and everything is fine! Simple! Why are people always complaining about security on windows anyway?” LOL

    MW: Moving – and in more and more people are moving to the Mac.

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