Originally Posted by camroidv27
I'd say the embarassing part of BootCamp, and more so the VMware/Parellels, is how many mac buyers also BUY full retail Windows just for Office and such. Windows, even when running (especially when running) inside OS X or on Mac's hardware (which is a PC) is still virus laden windows (unless you do it right, which is pretty easy to keep safe on Windows.) Didn't people buy a Mac to get away from all that?
I've used Mac's since day one and only recently using Windows Vista, XP and Ubuntu under Fusion.
Windows is safe as long as you:
1: Keep it off the net, except for updates.
2: Don't first virus scan files in OS X before sending them to Windows.
XP has to be fully updated (via OS X downloaded files) before allowing it on the net or it will be pawned in seconds.
Fusion allows you to keep "snapshots" of various OS builds (they are simply files) so you can go back to a earlier version and then update from there.
So even if something manages to get into Windows, by periodically reverting back to a early version and then updating from there keeps it clean.
Fusion also gives a free one year McAffee, which I used to run all the time but it never picks up anything. I spend more time updating it.
I use Ubuntu to surf the dark areas of the net as it's "security through obscurity" gives it a extra level of protection. Still I often revert back to the first install and auto-update from there just in case.
On top of all that, I also clone my whole boot drive at least monthly and before any major installs, on several external drives and dated.
Needless to say I've never gotten any virus, hacked or anything. My boot drive died on me one day, which I simply option booted from the clone and restored files from a backup DVD. I called Apple and they had a new drive at my door by 4pm the next day.
I simply reversed cloned and went on using my computer, no down time what so ever.
I love shocking PC users by having all four operating systems running at once, they get this sick look on their faces.