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  •  Apple is a much smaller install base (2+ / 0-)
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    Hey338Too, chancew

    when compared to windows.  If you are going to write a virus do you write one that will affect hundreds of thousands of apple users or tens of millions of windows users?  OSX/Linux are not magically protected from malware or virii, it's just easier to attack windows users.

    •  Oh, I see. (0+ / 0-)

      Thanks for the explanation!

      •  "Easier to attack Windows users" is the (0+ / 0-)

        key takeaway.

        Because of Apple's integrated approach, and the Unix underpinnings, Macs are in general more secure out of the box.

        Anything can be hacked. Windows machines are easier, and there is a bigger payoff - so they are a much larger target.

        Biggest threat right now is Java, not the Mac OS. I still haven't used antivirus software since 1990. One less thing to slow down my machine.

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