Symantec CEO: We think more people ought to buy Apple Macs

“It doesn’t appear that Symantec CEO John Thompson’s next computer will run Windows. ‘We think more people ought to buy them,’ Thompson said of Apple’s Macintosh computers, in response to a question from the audience at the Future in Review conference on Monday,” Tom Krazit reports for ZDNet.

“The ‘target-rich’ environment created by Windows vulnerabilities means that virus writers and hackers have set their sights on Windows PCs, he said. However, Thompson noted that if more and more people did go out and buy Macs, virus writers might change their tactics. And many attacks are increasingly of the phishing or identity theft variety, which targets computer users independently of their operating system, he said,” Krazit reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Symantec is worried about Mafiasoft’s move into Windows security subscription software. Why anyone would pay Mafiasoft to “secure” Windows is a good question, but Symantec is right to be worried. People buy Windows, they’ll buy Windows “security” subscriptions from Mafiasoft. What a racket, huh? Mafiasoft obviously can’t fix Windows itself and why should they even continue to try? That would nullify the $50 annual protection fee that they want to charge Windows sufferers. Anyway, after Symantec’s anti-Mac scare tactics from the last year or so in particular, we would not recommend that Mac users buy anything from Symantec regardless of what CEO John Thompson tries to pull.

As usual, do not download/click email attachments from untrusted sources and continue to use your heads; you’re Mac users, you’re smart.

For the record, we think more people ought to buy Apple Macs, too.

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  1. Just like manufacturers of sound cards, modems, ethernet cards and wireless solutions, firms selling security software are headed to extinction.

    They won’t be able to compete against the marketing muscle of Microsoft, and Macs don’t need them.

  2. Quote with slight modification:

    However, Thompson noted that “if more and more people did go out and buy Macs, our<b>virus writers might change their tactics. And many <b>of our attacks are increasingly of the phishing or identity theft variety, which targets computer users independently of their operating system, he said.

  3. And many attacks are increasingly of the phishing or identity theft variety, which targets computer users independently of their operating system, he said,

    as long as that operating system runs Internet Explorer.

  4. You know, I as urinating in my own mouth the other day, in fact, it was yesterday, and I had a realisation, prompted by the urine entering my mouth, that Windows might indeed be my poo and



    IT’S. ..

    IT’S …

  5. …and then they should buy NAV to protect those Macs from evil viruses that will be showing up on the Mac any day now! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”big surprise” style=”border:0;” />

    Actually, Apple should throw that quote on their Get a Mac – Viruses page.

  6. I’ve said it before, maybe the Mac OS isn’t 100% virus-proof, but I don’t buy this security through obscurity myth for one reason.

    As long as Mac users have publicly thumbed their noses at virus writers, you cannot convince me that none of these ego-driven people wouldn’t take the mac community to task for their continued flaunting of their superior OS, and try to take them down.

    People say well it’s bceause there is a larger market with Windows, but the fact is, this is an ego thing, it’s not a for profit thing so the larger market doesn’t always necessarily have the largest target on its back, it might jsut be the one’s that speak the loudest.

  7. I think I may have caught a computer virus. My Mac is fine but I was vomiting multicolored 1s an 0s for hours. O.K., maybe it was the 14 Goldschlager, Sambuca, and silicon chip cocktails I had. For the love of Tron, what was I thinking?

  8. As far as I can tell, the main thing us Mac users need to worry about is phishing.

    Phishing has nothing to do with Windows or Explorer. It’s email-based scams, inviting people to divulge personal info and passwords.. etc. using professionally made replicas of websites of banks, eBay, PayPal, etc.

    This is the evolution of social engineering, and scammers are getting better and better at it. Most security software and spam filters fails to pick these emails up before they become wide spread. So, your only defense against them is developing a healthy degree of paranoia when handling your email.

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