One thing I love about OS X.

Discussion in 'Apple and Mac OS X' started by SP Forsythe, Mar 30, 2011.

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  1. SP Forsythe

    SP Forsythe Notebook Evangelist

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    That's why you use Common Sense 2011
     
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    yuio NBR Assistive Tec. Tec.

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    well, I've haven't had a virus on my PC's in I think 5+years...
     
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    SP Forsythe Notebook Evangelist

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    Neither have I. But that wasn't my point.

    Being virus free on a PC is a lot like being an accident free driver of a car.
    Except, in the PC world, there are criminal "drivers" that shoot at you, so to speak.

    I've owned Macs and PC's, clear back to the 286 and my Mac SE30. But I've never had to "be on my guard" with my Macs, like I am so with my PC's, not to mention the cost of anti-malware and anti-virus solutions.

    When friends, co-workers and family ask me to help them with their computers, if it's a PC its almost always some sort of rogue software involved that is the reason. With a Mac, the frequency is NEVER.
     
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    agree, Forsythe.

    you don't realize how much you obsess over things as a PC owner until you have a Mac. I feel like every unexpected pop-up on any website was a potential threat...every accidentally clicked e-mail was stealing something from me just by it being open...every program had to be studied before clicking "next" for fear that it'd install "PC Security 2000" or some crap on my machine because I was clicking too fast to notice.

    With OSX, the fear simply doesn't exist anymore. It's like driving on an open highway with the top down and the music up. Under Windows, it feels very much like riding through Baghdad. Don't leave the Green Zone...
     
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    is it REALLY that hard to not open emails/downloads from strangers, install ad-blockers, and use a modern browser? quite literally, only one of the steps i've highlighted requires diligence
     
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    Where can I get this? I can't seem to find it anywhere.
     
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    Seshan Rawrrr!

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    You'd be surprised, We have a computer at work for staff to use, luckily it's on linux, the stuff I've seen staff click actually scares me, not to mention how many .jpg.exe files I've seen on it.
     
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    It is really hard for the mass public to protect their Windows machines because most people lack either technical skills (even very basic ones) or common sense. For example, take my grandparents. They get a ton of e-mail a day from their friends that is nothing more than stupid fwd:fwd:fwd:fwd:fwd:fwd worlds funniest dog! type stuff. They click on it as the e-mail is from a trusted source, watch the video, and are then infected with some sort of spyware while the e-mail is automatically forwarded to everyone in their address book (including myself which Gmail automatically tags as spam).

    They can also be browsing something as simple as Weather.com, a pop-up randomly takes over the entire screen, they see some fake hard drive scan, and it is telling them that their computer is infected and they need to buy this software to remove all of the malicious content (the software itself is a virus/trojan/worm/whatever). It looks real to them so they go through with it. Are they clicking away at pornographic websites? Nope. They are just reading their e-mails and visiting something as simple as weather.com yet their computer became infected.

    I haven't had a major virus on any of my systems since 2005 but it is extremely common for me to come across all sorts of other stuff (mainly tracking cookies). Those are obtained even with a "modern browser" such as Firefox 4. It takes all of 5 minutes to get rid of them but it is annoying that I have to do that on a weekly basis on my Windows machines especially since I am not visiting any sites that should warrant such behavior. I can't casually browse the internet for even a second without some tracking cookie being copied to my computer's hard drive under Windows (whether it is XP or 7 x86 and x64).

    It is not a fault on Windows itself as I believe we could be saying the same stuff about Mac OS X in an alternate universe where it was the dominant OS. The issue is that "everyone" uses Windows so people are going to release malware, spyware, trojans, viruses, tracking cookies, etc. for something that is going to infect the majority of users. They aren't going to spend hours upon hours for something that will infect less than 10% of the computing population.
     
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    wow that list is long
     
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