On Macs and Malware

Posted May 6, 2011

Earlier this week Ed Bott of ZDNet wrote a lengthy piece about how the traction of the Mac and iOS products is going to start attract hackers from attracting malware. John Gruber responded by pasting quotes from journalists (great response, John) over the past 7 years about how hackers will be targeting Macs. And yet we are still yet to see any major hacks against the Mac. Yet I am constantly haunted by fixing malware that has spread on my grandparents’ and fiancĂ©’s HPs and Dells. I am in the process of trying to get them to switch to Macs. Why? Not just malware.

Everything I have done on a Mac is faster, smoother, and more stable than I have ever done on a PC. The only major disadvantages I have seen on a Mac is the ability to write macros in Excel and designing websites on the localhost of a PC is a bit easier. General Internet browsing, video editing, designing graphics, and the stability of Macs is a much better experience. While Excel does crash every so often on my Mac, the work is always auto-saved just like it does on a PC. Never had I ever had to deal with fixing a virus on someone else’s Mac… ever. Apple’s security patches makes sure of that, Bott.

I agree to Bott to a certain extent. As the recent PlayStation Network has shown us, no hardware is constantly safe. But Microsoft has not done much for me to recommend PCs over a Mac any more. Earlier when I had some college payments to take care of, I’d always recommend PCs since Macs were more expensive. But these days you can get a solid Mac Mini and a monitor for cheaper than a PC.