“Experts at UK security company Sophos suggest Apple might be the best route to security for the masses – that is, until consumers all buy one,” Matt Whipp writes for PC Pro. “UK security company’s senior technology consultant Graham Cluley rolled out the damning virus statistics for 2005, showing that with a 48 per cent rise in new viruses, buying a Windows box has never been more risky.”
Whipp writes, “This year saw nearly 16,000 new viruses added to the Sophos database… Plug an unprotected Apple or Linux box onto the Internet, and you can expect to see the infection rate flatline, said Cluley. That’s not to say there are no viruses for Mac OS X or the various Linux distributions, but Windows viruses dwarf them. ‘It wouldn’t really work for businesses,’ said Cluley, ‘But for consumers I think [Apple] is quite good.'”
Whipp writes, “You can accuse it of security through obscurity, but in a world where 70 per cent of Windows users don’t feel the responsibility of securing their computers, perhaps they are better off with a less targetted platform. Perhaps they don’t deserve Windows… Last month saw the biggest slew of new viruses on record, with some 1,940 new signatures added to the Sophos library.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Where, oh where, do they make this caliber of idiot writers? There are zero Mac OS X viruses. None. Nada. Zilch. Nil. Just zero. As in, none. 0. Security via Obscurity is a myth clung to by people who’ve unfortunately wasted their time and money upon Windows and now need a defense mechanism to protect their fragile minds from realizing the depths of their mistake. See Stockholm Syndrome for related information. Mac OS X would work for businesses and does work for thousands worldwide each and every day. Whipp writes, “Perhaps they don’t deserve Windows.” Who does deserve Windows, exactly? Our list: Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, Rob Enderle, Rob Glaser, Saddam Hussein, death row inmates, all members of The Society of Inept Imitations, followers, console-less gamers, those too cheap for their own good, Wal-Mart computer shoppers (don’t buy your computer in Wal-Mart, folks), those unable to understand price/performance and/or total cost of ownership, people who’d rather work on getting their computers to work than using their computers to get work done, people who don’t understand that you get what you pay for, those who want to risk the contents of their computers, those who want to be scammed, those who enjoy monopoly abusers, sadomasochists, Registry lovers, people who see only sticker prices, those who like things upside down and backwards, people who think intuitive things are too easy, spyware/bloatware/malware/adware/virus/worm developers…
There are zero-percent (0%) of viruses for the Mac OS X platform that should, logically, have some 10-16% of the world’s viruses if platforms’ install bases dictated the numbers of viruses. The fact that Mac OS X has zero (0) viruses discounts “security via obscurity.” There should be at least some Mac OS X viruses. There are none. The reason for this fact is not attributable solely to “obscurity,” it’s attributable to superior security design.
According to Apple, there are “close to 16 million Mac OS X users” in the world and there are still zero (0) viruses. According to CNET, the Windows Vista Beta was released “to about 10,000 testers” at the time the first Windows Vista virus arrived. So much for the security via obscurity myth.
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