Do Macs Get Less Viruses?

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Do Macs get less viruses?

Macs can get viruses and do get viruses. But there are not very many and t are not as serious as the ones that are on Windows. Some people will tell you this is because the Mac doesn't have the the large installed base of windows. But this is not the reason why. The reason why there are less viruses in the MacOSX today is because Apple has really good mechanisms for patching the MacOSX quickly and easily when a virus does appear and because down deep MacOSX is based on a very secure architecture called UNIX. Out-of-the-box Mac OSX does not enable root user account (although you can over ride this) and is really good about requiring a username and a password in order to do much of anything to the operating system itself. This means that the virus does not have access to a lot of the lower level things that can do a lot of damage on the vast majority of macs. Because of this a lot of virus writers don't even bother to write things that work on the MacOS. Windows doesn't share these features and is therefore much less secure than the Mac which makes it a major target for virus writers who get thier jollies doing evil things to computers. Window out of the box is not as secure or well written. Microsoft has traditionally been much slower about patching it's systems and a lot of the windows install base are running out of date versions of the OS. You have to do a lot of work to secure a windows system and a huge percentage of the user base doesn't bother to do the work. Because of this millions and millions of Windows machines are open to viral attacks. This is led to a situation where the general public has the false belief that Macs don't get viruses. So while you can't say that the MacOS doesn't have viruses you can say that the Mac OS has very few of them that you need to be afraid of and t get felt with quickly.

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Not really, because most of the computer makers have updated their products with newer versions of the Mac system. One of the changes to Mountain Lion is security. A major factor in the success of this update is a new type of cryptographic key--Apple called it the “Trusted Boot Key.” Trusted Boot is designed to prevent viruses and other malicious code that infects a computer from running before it has verified the integrity of the operating system. It is designed to protect the Mac, even if the system is not running. The idea is that anytime Apple discovers a problem during the initial boot process, the bootloader will automatically start Mac operating system software to check for and correct defects. If the code that checks for the defects does not find the problem, the bootloader will beep to tell the user what's going on. (If there is a problem.

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