Dvorak: Why Mac ‘virus’ is good for Apple and Mac users

“What is believed to be the first Macintosh OS X-targeted virus was found in the wild last week, and by Tuesday at least three variants had been reported,” John C. Dvorak writes for MarketWatch. “While this will probably affect few users, it does mean the Macintosh is vulnerable. But how vulnerable, really? The answer is that we don’t know, yet. Counterintuitive as this may sound, I see it as good news for Mac users, since any vulnerability will mean that the operating system, and its users, can grow more hardened to the reality of these threats.”

“It will be interesting to see how far this gets. There are a lot of people who would like to see the robustness of the OS X operating system tested under full-on, malicious, real-world attacks,” Dvorak writes. “Which is part of why this is actually good news for Mac users and the computer community at large. It’s good news for Mac users because now security holes will be fixed early, and users will learn to become aware of these things. It’s a little bit like getting the mumps. You do not want to get this ailment as an adult. It’s also good for the computer-using community at large, since it will take some pressure off of the PC platform — at least until the new Vista operating system from Microsoft arrives and provides fresh meat for the malware coders. When and if these Mac attacks come to an end, we’ll also have a much better handle on how superior (if at all) the Mac OS really is. So congratulations, Apple.”

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  1. “It’s a little bit like getting the mumps. You do not want to get this ailment as an adult.”

    The Unix underlying OSX is not a child or an adult. It’s more of a grandfather. Believe me the hackers already know this.

  2. between this guy and enderle they have their own little nuthouse.

    what idiots. i would say dont feed the trolls either, they are trying to get traffic because they are too lazy to make a living actually doing work.

  3. Proof!!

    iMactels are pieces of garbage!

    Though an improvement over the previous iMac, when it comes to running 3D games at high resolution and quality, the iMac Intel Core Duo 2.0GHz (20") is still not in the same league as a G5 Power Mac sporting a good graphics card.


    Hmmm lets do some math.

    PowerMac Dual processor each 2 ghz $3000
    Monitor to match iMac $1000
    Good graphic card upgrade $250

    Can upgrade video card? YES!

    Total life expectancy 3D gaming for CPU 5 years or more =$850 year

    iMactel Core Duo with integraded video card, monitor $1700

    Can upgrade video card? NO!

    Total life expectancy for so so 3D gaming 2 years =$850 year

  4. Another writer, writing an article based on what others are writing about. Not one ounce of effort of research by this writer to gather facts.

    The glee these PC users get with the potential of an Apple Mac OS “virus” is so strange. These PC folks want a Mac virus so badly, just to justify there use of an inferior product. Microsoft Windows.

    Over the years when I’ve read articles writtent this way, the PC users want to switch to Apple, but are so afraid of what otehrs opions of them will be. It’s so weird.

    I tried to email the writer too from his site, but on hitting send on the web form, it failed. Why am I not surprised?

  5. John Dvorak should limit his commentary on Apple and Macintosh to the same as Apple’s marketshare vs. Windows.

    If Windows has 95-percent, and the Mac has 5-percent, John should be limited to one article in twenty regarding Apple and the Mac.

    It’s only fair.

    Uh, fair to us.

    Tera Patricks

    BTW #1 – Even John should know that neither of the recent malware are considered viruses (virii?).

    BTW #2 – Dvorak is a little like the mumps. You don’t want this ailment as an adult.

  6. He said ” When and if these Mac attacks come to an end ……”

    How will we know when they’ve come to an end when we never got to see the attacks in the first place ?

    We only got to hear of them because they were publicised by companies hoping to sell security software. If they hadn’t told everybody, what would we have noticed ? Nothing !

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