How to avoid viruses and malware? Dump your Windows PC and get an Apple Macintosh

“I have not used a Windows machine for any serious purpose since 1999. And in those six years, I have never had a computer virus, trojan or worm. Not a single one. Neither has any adware or spyware taken over my browser (which also comes with a facility for automatically blocking pop-up windows as well as the ability to do tabbed browsing). And all this despite being connected to the net 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” John Naughton writes for The Observer.

“How have I achieved this blissful freedom? Simple: by using only computers running Apple or Linux software. No special geeky skills required – just common sense and a desire to avoid pain. For six years, I have enjoyed all the benefits of networked computing without experiencing any of the downsides,” Naughton writes

“But now comes the really puzzling bit. When friends and family tell me their woeful stories of viruses and worms, I have learnt to bite my tongue and make sympathetic, but incoherent noises. This was not how I used to react. Once upon a time I would say, in a smugly superior way, that if people would insist on supping with the devil then they should expect to get scorched; and if they wished to get off this torture-rack then they should move to a different – Apple or Linux – platform,” Naughton writes.

“But I rapidly learnt this was not what these wretches want to hear. They do not want to be told that they should abandon their Microsoft-ridden machines and worship in a different church. So in the end, I stopped telling them about Apple and Linux and began mouthing the soothing bromides favoured by vicars when dealing with terminal cases,” Naughton writes. “And the moral of the story? Simply this: as far as computing is concerned, most people are masochists. And I am a sadist, because I have stopped flogging them with the truth.”

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41 Comments

  1. How many more times will it take for the obvious to sink in for the masses chained to Windows?

    I would guess about a million based on some “IT types” that I’ve met.

    Life’s too short: Get a Mac!

  2. New people read MDN all the time since it’s in Google News – type virus and up pops up MDN. Good for those who think Windows is a personal computer. They need to see the wonderful Mac from Apple!

    Every little bit helps – keep up the pressure, MDN!

  3. I tell them (most recently yesterday) that I just don’t have the patience to deal with all that crap (viruses, malware, etc..) and that the reason most scientists and artists prefer the Macintosh is so we can spend our time being productive, instead of making the damn thing work.

    Yesterday’s example was when a Dell laptop user at my university couldn’t access the WiFi network. She saw me surfing away and wanted to know how I got it to work. I told her “it just works” and told her it was set to ‘automatic’ and connected by itself as soon as I lifted the lid.

    I spent a few minutes with her going through the XP control panels, etc.. to no avail (I’m certainly no MSCE!) Everything appeared to be correct and the status for her 802.11g card said it was working, but no connection.

    Her only questions were “how much do they cost?” and “Does it run Word?” When I said “Starting at $500, $800 for a laptop” and “Yes” she was obviously intrigued.

  4. Mac users have not enjoyed all the benefits of networked computing. The most glaring deficiency on the Mac platform is games. This is now the single biggest reason people do not switch to Macs. Until this problem is rectified Macs will still be a hard sell for a large portion of consumers. If they or their children cannot play the games they want they will be forced to buy Windows PCs.

  5. to me and to to me: These kind of consumers will soon realize that buying a PC to play games in throwing money out of the Windows. Nowadays consoles are getting into networking, play games much better than the highest end PC ever in the market and at 10% of the price.

    To buy a PC to play games is becoming more and more a gadget of people wanting to waste their money on something mediocre at all tasks, even the less used task as use it as a computer.

  6. I know hundreds and hundreds of personal computer users — laptops, desktops, Macs, Windows-based PCs, kids, adults, you name it. None of these people play games on their computers. The whole gaming argument is overblown.

    Regarding this “Virus/Malware for Macs” argument: it’s really getting old and will soon become an irrelevent argument because of its “broken record” factor. Like, “That’s all you’ve got?”

    It’s time to stop talking about what a Mac won’t do (run virus/malware) and start talking about what the Mac WILL do. Aside from the abilities within the OS, productivity software for the Mac is great software — usually written first with Mac production workflow in mind.

    There’s more to Mac than virus immunity.

  7. My Mac – I create videos, music, surf the web, built web pages, edit graphics, do email, Chat and voice conference, watch movies, TV shows and listen to radio and pod casts.

    My Playstation2 – I play games.

    My Windows PC – Helps hold up the right side of my Computer Desk. I haven’t turned it on for 8 months now.

    (Actually it doesn’t really hold it up…but everything needs a purpose in life, and I already have several Door Stops and a boat anchor.)

  8. iPodder is completely right.

    I don’t play many games, but if I did, I’d go buy a PS2, hook it up to my TV, and play games to my heart’s delight.

    (By the way, can you rent PC games the same way you can rent PS2 games?)

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