Whenever I’m talking with people about Mac, one of the first things that those in favor of Mac say is something to the effect of, “Macs never get viruses, you know.” While I give a nod to the fact that due to Mac only taking up ~4% of the market share, most virus creators would rather target Windows, what many don’t realize is that Mac is just as hackable. We’re talking about a UNIX based entity here, folks. That’s what Mac is based on. Ever heard of Apache? Linux? Those have never been hacked, have they?
My post comes in the wake of a new trojan, iBotnet, that has begun to infect Mac computers. It’s a pretty low risk trojan, so I wouldn’t sweat about it too much. You can read about it on Norton’s website, as well as CNN (I know, they’re pretty computer illiterate over there…).
Please understand that I’m not saying that Mac has more virus related problems, even an equal or close number of them. All I am saying is that everything that man makes is fallible, even if that man was Steve Jobs (or Bill Gates, or any other man). Mac isn’t perfect. Linux isn’t perfect. Windows isn’t perfect. All can be exploited. All have.
How about we put aside this dispute and treat our computers as what they are. Tools.