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Columnist on Mac vs. Windows security

updated 12:35 pm EDT, Fri September 24, 2004

Mac vs. Windows security

USA Today columnist Kevin Maney has written a follow up to his last article on Windows security. "The message I get is that people are . They are increasingly willing to consider other options. And, for whatever reasons, Apple Computer's Macintosh and Linux-based computers hardly get infected or invaded at all. My in-box is proof that hackers and virus writers know no bounds. They are filling Windows computers worldwide with pop-up ads and spyware, which can steal information from your hard drive. They're sending out viruses that outright destroy PCs, often taking out valuable digital files with it."




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  1. ethical_paul

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    He still doesn't get it

    He spends 1/2 the article making fun of Mac users and then says it's not Microsoft's fault that MS users are always getting hit with viruses.

    Um, who does he think built the flawed OS and Apps???

  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    speaking of pop-up ads

    When to the website to view the article, and was greeted with 2 pop-up ads, one of them being full screen. Guess I better scan my computer for virus or spyware.

  1. gadgetgav

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Um, no...

    "Blaming Microsoft for not building in safety measures is a little like blaming Florida for being in the path of a hurricane."
    I don't think that's a reasonable analogy. Viruses are hardly natural phenomena... And as for supporting the M$ stragety of educating users, " the equivalent, Barzdukas says, of telling car owners they should wear seat belts" he's just said that you don't need to be stupid or negligent to get infected, so how do they think education will help..?
    Yes, Mac users are renowned for being fanatical but it's hard not to be when people are complaining that there's all these problems without considering the alternatives. To go with his car analogy, it would be like complaining that you hate every car that Ford makes, but still driving an Explorer anyway because it's a best seller.

  1. greenamp

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    sheesh

    That is the absolute worst article I've ever read. What an idiot.

  1. csimon2

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    WTF?

    I was kind of buying what he was saying (this article was written by a windows user remember) until the very end when he said "Blaming Microsoft for not building in safety measures is a little like blaming Florida for being in the path of a hurricane." No, its not like that. Its nothing like that at all. Trivializing thousands of people's flights from their homes by comparing it to the holes inside of Windows is an egregious mistake. Microsoft can control the holes and vulnerabilities built inside their OS. Now, no they can't control stupidity when a user opens an attachment from someone they have never heard of proclaiming they are giving away $1 million to them. But, they can control whether or not it is possible to go to a normal web page and have a user's complete banking records and contact list stolen. Come on, this guy really needs to get with the program. And that program is the Mac OS!

  1. rkadowns

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Nobody

    Nobody has ever been fired for using Windows? Well, that may soon be an incorrect statement and may already be.

    It was a windows server that grounded 800 planes. I wonder if that admin is still employed.

  1. MacnTX

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    No...

    "Blaming Microsoft for not building in safety measures is a little like blaming Florida for being in the path of a hurricane."

    No, it's more like blaming Microsoft for sending you to Florida to live in a shack when there is a hurricane approaching.

  1. Sjakelien

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Nevertheless

    I didn't read the column, but I would like to add the following:
    Today, I got an internal mail at work, telling me that all jpeg attachments in incoming mail messages will be deleted for the next coming weeks, because of virus alert. (see http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/09/15/windows_jpeg_bug/). Since I'm working in a Windows-dominated office, it is a smart move from the IT department. A smarter move would be though, to replace IE with any other browser, or to switch to Linux or Mac.
    If you would like to use the anology of the Hurricane: our office is Florida, and Microsoft is creating such meteorologic circumstances, that hurricanes are attracted, or even created on the spot.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    My guess is OS-9...

    ...is really the system to use - I would think that if enough clever hackers started working on OS-X, they could find opportunities...

    I have a PC as well & it has been running XP pretty much flawlessly on DSL for over a year, however I do the system upgrades, checked security settings before connecting to the web, avoid 'free' website registrations & use webmail cautiously...

  1. mbryda

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Start firing 'em

    Nobody has been fired for keeping Windows, but maybe they should be.....

    Think about it. You buy an item for your company that is fundamentally defective. Company gets hit and you have to buy more stuff to protect yourself. Then you go buy more of that same item..... Sounds like someone should be fired for incompetence.

    But, nobody will stand up and do that. It's a simple migration - start at the bottom and replace systems as they come up for renewal. No difference than switching to a new system, which companies do withl regularity. If it makes you more secure or resilient to attacks, then it's worth it.

    Start firing people who continue to buy, reccomend and approve Windows. That would really send a message that enough is enough. If your car or house were this insecure, you'd buy another make, not the same exact car. Yet we do it all the time with computers.

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