Thursday, September 16, 2004

WSJ.com - Personal Technology: How to Protect Yourself From Vandals, Viruses If You Use Windows

WSJ.com - Personal Technology "If you use a Windows personal computer to access the Internet, your personal files, your privacy and your security are all in jeopardy. An international criminal class of virus writers, hackers, digital vandals and sleazy businesspeople wakes up every day planning to attack your PC.
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Opting out: The single most effective way to avoid viruses and spyware is to simply chuck Windows altogether and buy an Apple Macintosh. Apple's operating system, Mac OS X, is harder for the criminals to infect, and the Mac's market share is so small that hackers, virus writers and spies get little thrill, financial gain or publicity from attacking the platform.
There has never been a successful virus written for Mac OS X, and there is almost no spyware that targets the Mac. Plus, the Mac is invulnerable to viruses and spyware written for Windows. Not only is it more secure, but the Mac operating system is more capable, more modern and more attractive than Windows XP, and just as stable.
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Bottom line: If you use Windows, you're asking for trouble. But you can mitigate the risk by taking precautions."

Looks like Walt Mossberg has been spending time in the Apple reality distortion field again lately...
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