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Wall Street Journal Slams Windows (In)Security, Advises Mac Switch

Wall Street Journal Slams Windows (In)Security, Advises Mac Switch

by , 11:45 AM EDT, September 16th, 2004

Walt Mossberg has taken off the kid gloves, and slammed Microsoft for all of the security problems that plague the Windows platform. In today's Personal Technology column at the Wall Street Journal (subscription required), Mr. Mossberg says that the #1 way of dealing with those security problems is by simply "opting out" of Windows world altogether, and embracing the Mac platform. From the Wall Street Journal:

Opting out: The single most effective way to avoid viruses and spyware is to simply chuck Windows altogether and buy an Apple Macintosh. Apple's operating system, Mac OS X, is harder for the criminals to infect, and the Mac's market share is so small that hackers, virus writers and spies get little thrill, financial gain or publicity from attacking the platform.

There has never been a successful virus written for Mac OS X, and there is almost no spyware that targets the Mac. Plus, the Mac is invulnerable to viruses and spyware written for Windows. Not only is it more secure, but the Mac operating system is more capable, more modern and more attractive than Windows XP, and just as stable.

Macs are as good as, and often better than, Windows PCs at doing the most common computing tasks: Web browsing, e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, photos, music and video. The Mac version of Microsoft Office can handle Windows Office files with ease, and it produces files that Office for Windows handles effortlessly. Apple's computers are also gorgeous.

The full article points out that switching platforms is expensive, and offers several other ways for Windows users to protect themselves from the growing security threat in using the platform.

Thanks to Observer John Stagaman for pointing us to this article.

The Mac Observer Spin:

As we have said many times, Mr. Mossberg is one of the most powerful technology journalists in the country, if not in the English-reading world. From his platform at the Wall Street Journal, many people pay attention to what he has to say, and this includes many people in the business community. There is little doubt Mr. Mossberg has been responsible for a number of Switchers in recent years as he has consistently heaped praise on Apple products since the return of Steve Jobs.

This message about security is extra tasty simply because he nails the subject on the head, and we particularly admire his advice to simply "chuck Windows altogether." Ne'er was better advice given, at least in the world of technology.

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