The Mac, the trouble free, virus free computing experience

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
Not completely free of trouble or viruses but pretty darn near.



How about an ad detailing how macs really cant get viruses?



"A carefree experience on the internet ... "

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 5
    I think that would be a bad idea because it will just encourage some one out there to write a virus for the mac and that would be quite embarrassing with such an ad running.
  • Reply 2 of 5
    torifiletorifile Posts: 4,024member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Mount_my_floppy

    I think that would be a bad idea because it will just encourage some one out there to write a virus for the mac and that would be quite embarrassing with such an ad running.



    I don't think so. The reason we often hear that Macs don't have viruses is because they are such a small percentage of the computer population. That's true, but why don't we hear more about Apache problems? MS IIS has a smaller percentage of the market, but still gets hit way more. Why is that? Could it be because they suck? Same with SQL software. MSSQL gets hit pretty bad while others like Oracle and mySQL don't seem to fair quite so badly.



    Face it, MS software sucks and everyone needs to know that.
  • Reply 3 of 5
    lucaluca Posts: 3,833member
    I was just thinking the exact same thing as I biked to work today. I thought... "Apple could make a great print ad, or even a great TV ad, by just presenting facts about viruses on PCs vs. on Macs."



    Here's how it could go...



    Print ad: Two page would have a Mac (any Mac really, maybe a PowerBook or something) with chains around it signifying security on the left page. The facing page would have a few words to the effect of "If you're worried about computer security, you can choose to either download the latest security patch and hope it works, or you can choose a Mac." And then it could explain it, ie "There are no known Mac viruses, versus the X thousand that can attack PCs. The last major virus outbreak that affected Macs was in _____ (whatever year it was)." And finally... "But just in case, we're bundling _____ (name of anti-virus software) with all new Macs sold until the end of the year."



    The TV ad would be basically the same thing except maybe narrated with Apple's traditional white background and simple stuff.



    Ooh, just thought of something! Maybe they could have some image on the screen of someone clicking around, crazy text appearing on the screen, and then it zooms out and you see some guy up at night working frantically on his PC to protect against viruses. And then it could go to a Mac user, with his Mac sleeping (making sure to show the pulsing light so everyone knows!) and him in bed, relaxed and comfortable. It could even go without commentary like that one iMac ad where there was loud traffic as it showed a PC with cords everywhere, and it switched to birds singing by a creek as it went to the simple iMac. That would be cool.
  • Reply 4 of 5
    pscatespscates Posts: 5,847member
    Those are good, Luca! I can see those really nicely in my head.
  • Reply 5 of 5
    xmogerxmoger Posts: 242member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by torifile

    I don't think so. The reason we often hear that Macs don't have viruses is because they are such a small percentage of the computer population. That's true, but why don't we hear more about Apache problems? MS IIS has a smaller percentage of the market, but still gets hit way more. Why is that? Could it be because they suck? Same with SQL software. MSSQL gets hit pretty bad while others like Oracle and mySQL don't seem to fair quite so badly.



    Face it, MS software sucks and everyone needs to know that.




    Virus writers want attention and headlines, you can't do that by taking out %2 of desktop computers.



    As for Apache, their security report shows 35 flaws in 2 years. It can also do little more than serve html. To get the functionality of IIS, you have to add a handful of mods, which have their own vulnerabilities.



    Microsoft security problems are also popular in the media because they're highly visible and a lot of people love to hate them. You don't see mainstream media reporting the Cisco vulnerability affecting companies and the internet backbone. Or that the GNU ftp server got owned 5 months ago and only recently discovered (fortunately, they claim no source code was modified). Nobody on the street even knows what GNU is.



    With that said, microsoft security is poor, but I suspect it will get better. Especially if they start losing customers/cash because of it.
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