Nice of Apple to post up some comic relief by suggesting that to avoid the horrifying spectre of malware, Mac users should install what is essentially the only malware OS X users have ever been impacted by in any notable number. However, it's irresponsible for them to put comic relief in a knowledge base article.
Dan Dilger wrote an article back in April explaining why the market share argument concerning Mac malware doesn't hold up, titled The Unavoidable Malware Myth
. I've heard it said that Dilger is a "troll" or something along those lines (though that was said on one of the *chans, so it may have just been because he has the gall to use common sense), so obviously not everyone agrees with his standpoints, but I think he's got some good points.
The fact remains that the only malware that is capable of affecting Mac OS X has to be given permission to do so
(and in some cases, even has to be bought first!). A user that hasn't been educated enough to know they shouldn't install third-party software they didn't ask for will not be safe on any
computer platform. Sure, running Windows in particular more or less guarantees that they won't be safe regardless, but it's still true. Honestly, I'd like to see education get dramatically ramped up. Have ISPs not only provide anti-malware products to their customers, but tell those customers why
, and reveal that they only need it because they run Windows. Have governments educate their citizens so they know that malware is not an inherent part of Using A Computer, not just provide community programs on how to use Microsoft Word® to type a letter to your grandchildren.
You know how decades-long wars end? Parents stop teaching their children to hate each other. How does a crippling, worldwide, billions-of-dollars-a-year malware pandemic end? People stop being told to accept it as a fact of life.
(Also, Jesus Christ, MacBliss, settle down.