Monday, March 06, 2006

And Just Like That, The World Changes

In the words of Over The Rhine, I can't bear the news in the evening...

While viruses and security weaknesses are almost everyday occurrences for owners of Windows-based computers, they are virtually unheard of in the world of Apple.

But that world is changing.



glen. said...

its a sad day indeed.

Neil said...

I wouldn't worry about it. Both "worms" require a lot of user intervention to do any damage whatsoever. Just keep your Mac updated, and keep your Firewall on at all those Wi-Fi hot spots. And, most-of-all, don't open attachments from people you don't know or that look suspicious.

As far as the Intel switch goes, I don't know that it will cause more viruses/worms. The PowerPC was a virtual "unknown" to virus writers, so it provided a barrier of ignorance. The new Intel Core chips have a lot of technology built into them that prevents execution of arbitrary (read, virus-like) code. So, we'll see. At a very basic level, OS X is MUCH more secure than Windows.