Cheap shot, Apple…

Posted: October 18, 2006 in Uncategorized
Some video iPods shipped from the manufacturer embedded with a known virus. The virus only affects Windows operating systems. This is what Apple had to say about their major screw-up on their website:
 
"As you might imagine, we are upset at Windows for not being more hardy against such viruses"
 
Everyone knows operating systems cannot be "hardy" against viruses…that’s a job for anti-virus programs. In fact, not only are there anti-virus programs written for the Mac, Apple encourages their customers to use multiple different anti-virus utilities with their Apple computers. Why encourage their customers to do this if the Mac is so "hardy" against viruses? Easy answer: Macs are not immune to attacks. Their operating system is no more "hardy" than Windows.
 
Very few viruses are cross-platform. The author of a virus usually targets one operating system family, and yes, the majority of them target Windows because writing viruses for the Mac platform is a waste of time…even after over-saturation of all those cute and funny TV ads over the last year or two, Apple still owns less than 5% of the personal computer market, so their operating systems have not been an attractive target for virus writers since the early ’90s. And they probably never will be an attractive target ever again, but they will be targeted by some.
 
BTW, Apple: brazenly criticizing Microsoft doesn’t give you a free pass to ship products infected with a virus.
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