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    Re: In the market for a new computer.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marley View Post
    Been using Mac since 1989 and never have installed anti-virus on any of them. Never had a problem on probably 20 plus machines . Having said that I never download 'free' anything - music, movies, software etc (unless it was meant to be free) - so that may have something to do with it. Apple, behind the scenes, keeps the OS updated for all but the zero day vulnerabilities. We do online banking, investments and stock trading with them...

    Have iMacs, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPads, iPad Air and many iPhones - they may cost a few hundred dollars more but we have virtually no problems over the 25 years.

    Apple may however discontinue support for models when they are 10 years old or so - whether it is technical or just incentive to upgrade - if you 10 plus problem free years then you are doing ok. Got my parents an eMac for less than $1000 about 13 years ago and it is still in daily use.
    Just because you've never noticed a problem yet doesn't mean you won't in the future, nor does it mean that you don't already have one. A well written trojan could live on your machine for years without you ever noticing it. True, a Linux based OS is inherently more secure than Windows, but that's not the main reason they don't get virused as frequently - they don't get virused as often as Windows devices do because not as meany people are writing viruses and trojans for IOS. There are many reasons why IOS isn't targeted very frequently, but I suspect the main one is that it doesn't have a very big slice of the desktop market share yet (Windows is 91.6% and IOS is only 6.9%). One day, there are going to be a lot of IOS users with corrupted machines or compromised bank accounts because they figured anti-malware wasn't necessary for Apple products.
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    Re: In the market for a new computer.

    Quote Originally Posted by whoDEANie View Post
    Just because you've never noticed a problem yet doesn't mean you won't in the future, nor does it mean that you don't already have one. A well written trojan could live on your machine for years without you ever noticing it. True, a Linux based OS is inherently more secure than Windows, but that's not the main reason they don't get virused as frequently - they don't get virused as often as Windows devices do because not as meany people are writing viruses and trojans for IOS. There are many reasons why IOS isn't targeted very frequently, but I suspect the main one is that it doesn't have a very big slice of the desktop market share yet (Windows is 91.6% and IOS is only 6.9%). One day, there are going to be a lot of IOS users with corrupted machines or compromised bank accounts because they figured anti-malware wasn't necessary for Apple products.
    Just to add.... iOS is Apple's mobile OS.... OSx is what runs on most their notebooks models.

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