“Apple has been selling a lot of computers to former Windows users this year. At least 1 million buyers switched from Windows to new Macintoshes in the last nine months, according to an analyst for the financial forecasting firm Needham & Co.,” Al Fasoldt writes for The Syracuse Post-Standard. “Apple’s clearly on a roll. Yet the reasons many Windows users cite for switching to an Apple computer greater online safety and freedom from viruses and spyware haven’t convinced some others. Many Windows users are worried about finding software to replace their familiar programs. Others say they are wondering if Apple’s computers will soon be just as dangerous as Windows PCs; after all, they say, wouldn’t the virus and spyware writers go after Macs, too, someday?”
Fasoldt covers some basics, such as Mac OS X vs. older, now-discontinued versions of Mac operating systems, and also writes, “As of now, there are no viruses or spyware for OS X. There are, however, two dozen viruses for the discontinued Mac OS operating system. This is why you’ll sometimes hear about ‘Macintosh viruses’ if this important distinction isn’t made. A Mac OS virus can’t infect an OS X Macintosh. No one has yet reported spyware for OS X, either. Sophos, an anti-virus firm, has counted 103,000 active Windows viruses. Spyware totals are unknown, but the math is frightening; 30,000 Windows PCs are infected each day by zombies alone, according to Symantec. What will happen if the bad guys start targeting OS X? Not much. Unlike Windows, Mac OS X does not allow programs to take over central operations of the computer, nor does it let a program (or even a user) install software without permission.”
Full article here.
For more useful information for switchers, read The Wall Street Journal’s highly-respected technology guru Walt Mossberg’s recent article, “Tempted by the Apple?” and, of course, Apple’s “Switch” pages here: http://www.apple.com/switch/
Advertisements: The New iMac G5. Built-in camera and remote control. From $1299. Free shipping.
Apple USB Modem. Easily connect to the Internet using your dial-up service. $49.00.
The New iPod with Video. The ultimate music & video experience on the go. From $299. Free shipping.
Connect iPod to your television set with the iPod AV Cable. Just $19.00.
16-percent of computer users are unaffected by viruses, malware because they use Apple Macs – June 15, 2005
Survey shows Apple Macs owned by nearly 10 percent of US small and medium-sized businesses – February 17, 2005
More people use Apple Macs than you think; 8-12 percent of homes use Macs – March 31, 2004
10 percent of computer users use a Mac; 3 percent is Mac’s approximate quarterly market share – February 10, 2004
Syracuse Post-Standard: 3 percent is a false stat; Mac holds ’10 to 12 percent of the market for PCs – August 27, 2003
Apple’s Mac OS X, Safari web browser show market share gains – December 03, 2005
Want to switch to Mac? Mossberg answers common questions – November 10, 2005
Why people are switching from Microsoft’s Windows to Apple’s Mac OS X – November 09, 2005
Windows PC retailers face tough holiday season, meanwhile Apple stores are packed as Mac sales surge – November 09, 2005
Analyst estimates over a million Windows to Mac switchers during 2005’s first three quarters – November 07, 2005
Windows sufferers: It’s not your fault, but it is your problem – switch to Mac – November 07, 2005
Tech writer: Windows PCs highly vulnerable to zombie hijacking; get an Apple Mac instead – November 06, 2005
Windows switchers, now’s your chance: Apple Mac mini with Mac OS X Tiger for $379 – November 03, 2005
Computer columnist: anti-virus software purely optional for Apple Macs, not so for Windows – November 01, 2005
Microsoft apologists and why Apple’s Mac OS X has zero viruses – October 24, 2005