"Macs are so much better than PC's."
"Because they don't get viruses!"
This is a typical conversation with a few of my friends, most of them being mac users. Until a few weeks ago, I could say nothing in response to this. However, times have changed. Macs have finally lost their immunity.
I'm a die-hard PC fan. I don't have an iPod, though I used to, and I am not considering getting an iPad or an iAnything until something revolutionary happens to them. While most of my friends have caught the iBug since we entered the computer world, I've stayed away. There are a lot of things I like about PC's, and a lot of things I dislike about Macs. But this is not the time or place for that.
The fact that Apple has lost its immunity comes as no surprise to me. They have had a huge target on their back ever since they started making computers that people wanted to buy. However, this new idea that my friend's computers are somehow vulnerable to a virus comes as a major shock to them. They thought that they would be able to surf the web freely forever, and to my delight, when one of them did, he completely panicked.
Which leads me to my next point. While we PC users are definitely more vulnerable to viruses, by a 100-1 ratio of new virus threats, I believe that we now hold the upper hand in this battle. Yes, we have more to watch out for, however we are prepared to deal with the worst. We know our computers and how to stop even the craziest of the infections that we can get. A simple piece of mac malware results in a complete shutdown of a user, because 1. he or she is completely incapable of getting rid of it, and 2. a call to the mac store won't help.
You may be a user of one product or another for many reasons, but if the reason is based on security, I believe that PC's are the way to go. A PC user is generally experienced in anti-malware, there are many effective products, even free ones, for getting rid of the bad stuff, and PC support is miles ahead of the virus. In a recent seed of mine (which are few and far between, I admit), CNET reports on the new phase of the Mac virus, which is quickly evolving into something more sophisticated than your little fake scanner. At this rate, Mac users are going to be utterly helpless in a year from now (ok, that's a little dramatic).
I'm not really sure how to close this article out, so I'll just leave you with a random thought: I'm a PC, and I've done absolutely nothing to close the gap between myself and Macs, but it's happened anyway. Cheers!