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Posted 10 April 2008 - 07:10 AM
Unix/Linux viruses are much more difficult to write since those operating systems where designed from the ground up with a multi-user paradigm in place: users cannot affect other user's data nor affect system files. The only way to cause any real damage is to be running (either the user or a virus) with root privileges.
Windows, on the other hand, was designed with a single-user paradigm in mind. Later versions of Windows attempted to address this security deficiency, but business sense demanded that they also not break backwards compatibility with programs written for the earlier versions of Windows. This commitment to backwards compatibility has served Microsoft very well in business terms, but at the expense of true security in their operating system. (As an example of this backwards-compatibility, MS Bob, a program written for Windows 3.11 and Windows 95, still works perfectly in Windows XP.) This, coupled with the desire to make Windows as easy to operate as possible even for novice computer users, has made Windows a very insecure Operating System. Microsoft has made great strides in this area with Windows Vista, but their implementation leaves much to be desired. (Compare the Vista User Account Controls to, for example, the gksudo function in Ubuntu or the kdesu function in Kubuntu. All have a similar function and appearance, but few would argue that Vista's UAC is better.)
Mac OS X is built right on top of the BSD Unix Mach kernel and is a certified Unix Compliant OS. For that reason and because of its limited market share Mac OS X (and its Linux/BSD brethren) is, by design and circumstance, more secure than Windows.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 01:19 AM
Posted 29 April 2008 - 06:33 PM
Its because people believe macs are "invincible". Its one of the annoying side-effects. Since people think macs are invincible, they don't make programs for macs. So, in essence, if a mac is it, its as good as dead(if its a good virus).
i have been using both apple and windows based systems for 20 years. I have always preferred Mac, but i DID start on one.
As for viruses.... i NEVER had one before... now i have the intel based mac and have some sort of a "bug" (i think it's a trojan) from msn for mac.
So beware.. it is possible, and likely! My problem now... is trying to FIND a program for mac... not alot of virus/ad/spy blocker/remover programs out there for mac.
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Posted 21 June 2008 - 06:51 PM
Well, we might be seeing more viruses for the mac in the near future.
Apple's OS market-share is rapidly increasing among HD movie-watchers and gamers due to its lack of DRM "features" which encrust Vista.
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Posted 12 July 2008 - 05:39 AM
A virus could be written just as easilly for a mac as it can for a pc.
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