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Virus? What Virus?

Sat Jan 31, 2004 8:28 am

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Virus? What virus?
  - Posted by Sandy at 8:23 PM


The MyDoom computer worm, which first appeared Monday afternoon, spread rapidly by e-mail and infected vulnerable systems at an amazing rate.


Mac users were bombarded with infected messages, just like everyone else, but no harm was done. Even Mac users who fell for the trick and clicked on the attached file were not infected. The worm won't run on Macs.


Windows worms and viruses affect Mac users in the same way that bullets affect Superman. They're annoying, but they don't hurt.


Apple does not claim that Mac systems are immune from viruses. In fact, the company actively promotes McAfee'sVirex software as part of the .Mac service. It's also true that there are "macro viruses" that can infect Microsoft Word on the Mac.


However, the fact remains that there are no viruses that target Mac OS X. Zero. Zilch. None.


Is this because Mac OS X is more secure than Windows? Could be...."


God do I love having having Mac OS!!! No worries in the computing dept. for me. Who else here on Airliners.Net uses one?

~Data~
 
Klaus
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RE: Virus? What Virus?

Sat Jan 31, 2004 8:43 am

Quite a few, actually... My G5 with OS X "Panther" is not just an excellent tool for my work, but also quite pleasant to use. I know Windows well enough to use OS X instead...  Big thumbs up
 
airplay
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RE: Virus? What Virus?

Sat Jan 31, 2004 8:46 am

Hackers ignore Macs about as much as the general population.....

 Big grin
 
bobrayner
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RE: Virus? What Virus?

Sat Jan 31, 2004 8:58 am

However, the fact remains that there are no viruses that target Mac OS X. Zero. Zilch. None.

As soon as macos x represents a significant proportion of the market, it will start to get attention from virus writers.

Even on various different flavours of Windows, I've never been affected by any of these viruses (except occasionally getting a full mailbox before my filter is taught to recognise the new virus) thanks to spending a little time on careful config.
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Klaus
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RE: Virus? What Virus?

Sat Jan 31, 2004 9:39 am

"security through obscurity" is a myth quite often cited by the more uninformed media...

But the fact is that many of the security leaks were deliberately built into Windows in order to "enhance the user experience". As it turns out, these "enhancements" look a bit different from the ones originally imagined...  Wink/being sarcastic
Many of the problems are inherent in the design and difficult or impossible to fix; Others are just due to sloppy implementation and lazy maintenance. And since only Microsoft has the sources, nobody else can support the maintenance process.

OS X, on the other hand, is inherently more secure by design. Most of the ports and mechanisms that make Windows so fragile are either nonexistent in OS X by design, closed by default or are at least quickly fixed when a potential vulnerability turns out to exist. ("Potential" because none have been successfully exploited to my knowledge to this day.) Since OS X is based on Open Source, the entire community has access to the critical source code and can provide risk analysis and fixes, where appropriate.

It´s not an accident that some of the more paranoid institutions are beginning to move away from Windows towards Open Source-based systems (Linux, OS X).

Compare a disinfected plate to a juicy, well-tempered petri dish and you get the idea...  Big thumbs up
 
jutes85
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RE: Virus? What Virus?

Sat Jan 31, 2004 9:47 am

Hackers ignore Macs about as much as the general population.....

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ArmitageShanks
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RE: Virus? What Virus?

Sat Jan 31, 2004 10:03 am

Same here. I have used Windows all my computer life and I am yet to get a virus- and I never had virus software. (Knock on wood)
 
Klaus
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ArmitageShanks

Sat Jan 31, 2004 10:12 am

I certainly don´t wish you to; But being safe from viruses and worms is just a welcome side-effect for me.

OS X just makes more sense; It doesn´t feel like it needs to be forced to go where I want it to; It fells like it works with me.

I can cope with complicated and recalcitrant systems - I just don´t want to if I´ve got a choice.  Wink/being sarcastic
 
hawaiian717
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RE: Virus? What Virus?

Sat Jan 31, 2004 11:03 am

Bobrayner wrote:
As soon as macos x represents a significant proportion of the market, it will start to get attention from virus writers.

Counterexample time!

See this page? http://news.netcraft.com/archives/web_server_survey.html

Shows that Apache currently runs about 67.38% of web servers, while Microsoft is at 21%. I can't find the web site that publishes the statistics to back this up, but I've read multiple times on Slashdot that there are far more exploits for Microsoft IIS webservers than there are for Apache webservers.

David / HNL
 
Douglas DC-9
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RE: Virus? What Virus?

Sun Feb 01, 2004 3:10 am

I've been using a Macintosh for 7 years and Man do I like it! I've never even sat down and used a Windows based machine in my life. I wouldn't how to turn the damn thing on! But boy am I good with my Mac's! I've been using Mac OS X since it was first relased and it's never crashed on me once! All I can say is that user friendly computers rock! Go Apple!!!

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scottysair
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RE: Virus? What Virus?

Sun Feb 01, 2004 5:49 am

I've been using a macintosh computer for 4 years from 1994 through 1998. After that I left using with the my old macintosh computer for me into the long time ago and I prefer use with their windows 95, 98, & XP. Those are looking good for me with the windows XP into my computer now. I never have anything kind of the problems at all.

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