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06-02-2010, 05:25 AM #41
Ezstar, apperently you didn't read the part about macs being easier to hack than windows.
I use window and Linux. Like both for different reasons. Never had a virus on any of my window pc's. People just get stupid and do things they shouldn't do.
I'm getting a iMac soon, not because OS X is better, they all have their flaws.
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06-02-2010, 06:33 AM #42
Since Im not going to repeat my self, how about just read this again carefully.
Originally Posted by NSXrebel
I can tell just by the way some of you type and express your ideas that you are young, most likely too young to remember that prior to OSX, Mac OS (1-9) had plenty of viruses. Other less popular operating systems had even more viruses than Mac OS. That alone proves that you don't have to have the most popular OS to have the most viruses.
Critics keep spouting security through obscurity, which is bs. The fact is that, even though there is malware for OSX, it is much safer than anything Windows. Mac OSX is in fact UNIX, as it is UNIX 03 certified. Any OS that is UNIX based, is by default more secure than Windows.
Back to this LEAP.A "virus" you speak of, is in fact, not a virus. It is a Worm. A virus can self-execute, copy itself, and infect a computer just by opening any file/folder it is contained in.
On the other hand, a worm, like the Leap.A needs user input to do it's thing. On a Mac, that means it needs the user to enter their admin username and password.
Don't confuse a virus/trojan/worm/spyware, as they are all malware, but different from each other. Correct me if I'm wrong, but there are no/none/zero/nada/zip viruses for Mac OSX.
Having said that, no Operating System is hack proof. NONE. Even though Macs have been hacked, it was through Local Access, meaning they had physical access to the machine. It wasn't a hack over the internet.
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06-02-2010, 07:09 AM #43
06-02-2010, 07:52 AM #44
OSX and all the various forms of Linux are based of of UNIX. Windows is built on DOS.
I think you all are confusing the difference between being hacked and getting a virus. Viruses come from files the you download (can you say "free pr0n"?).
Getting hacked is when someone is trying to gain access to you computer.
06-02-2010, 09:52 AM #45
Putting Mac's and PC's into perspective, you come out with a Supply and Demand type of view point towards the whole Safety of the system regarding Hacking, Viruses, and Security.
Since PC's are the current dominant force on the market, more people want more things from PC users. Thats where most of the hackers are housed, in the PC market. Now if the tides were turned and Mac's were the dominant ones, then I could guarantee that Mac's would be the target of more hackings, viruses, and other threats.
And they are getting there, Apple is growing fast, and more and more PC's are being replaced with Mac's. Eventually, they will be the dominant computer on the market, and everything will flip flop.
06-02-2010, 10:13 AM #46
Why would it flip flop?
06-02-2010, 10:33 AM #47
Seems like half of the people here are saying exactly what i said in the first post.
06-02-2010, 10:42 AM #48
Well, i do a lot of pirating, and i didn't find a virus/trojan yet..
06-02-2010, 10:45 AM #49
06-02-2010, 10:52 AM #50
Mac is safer then Windows..
06-02-2010, 11:19 AM #51
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06-02-2010, 12:10 PM #52Originally Posted by iphnblues
I'll say it again, there are NO known viruses for Mac OSX. None. Yes there are trojans/worms, but no viruses. Until then, there is no need for an anti-virus. On OSX, trojans/worms need user input for them to infect your machine. Macs are not like Windows, where you can get infected by something as simple as plugging in a usb thumb drive with malware in it. That's not the case with OSX.
Just like with Windows, a little common sense goes a long way. Don't download and install pirated software, specially from unknown sources. Don't enter your admin username and password, keep your machine updated, and you should be golden. No need for "anti-virus" on your Mac.
06-02-2010, 05:04 PM #53
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06-02-2010, 06:46 PM #56
So there are no anti-virus software for mac osx?
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06-02-2010, 07:05 PM #57
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06-02-2010, 07:13 PM #58
There are several anti-virus software suites for OSX. Most of the time it is used to scan email so you don't pass on viruses to others that you recieve in email. I got 2 the other day via email that were window's viruses.
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06-02-2010, 07:25 PM #59
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06-02-2010, 08:17 PM #60
Not sure about you but it took me some guts to actually buy a MAC cost it is costing me a bomb, while i didn't need any guts to buy a stupid netbook.
Well i just migrated from Windows to OSX, about a year ago, it serves me well, no crashes, no annoying SPYware, worms, virus, crazy numbers of POPUPS and all sorts of nonsense. I couldnt keep track on how many times that i had to reformat the damn WINDOWS PC/lappie because it is infected with some kind of funky virus and the antivirus can't really solve my issue.
just my 2 cents.