So, today I went to lunch with a group of people after one of my classes, and over our food, we got on the topic of computer viruses and spyware and all the other numerous Windows user discrepancies. Every single person at the entire table (excluding myself) was saying the same thing about their computers at home. Explaining that the computer all of a sudden ran incredibly slow, and that icons would just appear on the desktop and in the tray, and bookmarks would just appear inside the favorites menu, and they would be fighting off hoards of pop-ups the entire time they were online, and so on and so on... I would squeeze in a word or two edgewise and give some suggestions when I could, until it quieted down. And then I interjected with, "or you could just get a Mac... I've got a Mac, and I never, EVER have ANY of those problems." which got everyone on the topic of WHY Mac's don't have those problems and how they really are nicer and such... Which was good to hear that they were all open minded about eventually owning a Mac, but... I guess overall, this discussion just got me thinking... One kid who seemed to know a lot about computers was claiming that Mac's don't have problems with spyware and viruses because it is actually much harder to develop spyware and viruses for the Mac platform. I had trouble believing this, but is it true? I had always thought that people who develop spyware and viruses naturally target Windows because it is by far the most widely used OS on the planet. Because OSX is in the minority, spyware/virus developers aren't interested in developing their horrible programs for OSX because they wouldn't be reaching as broad a range of people as they would with Windows. And if this is true, then shouldn't we, as Mac users, try to keep people AWAY from using Mac's? Because if the Macintosh becomes more popular, and a broader range of people begin using it, doesn't that mean that the spyware and virus developers would begin to aim their cannons at the Macintosh platform because of the growing market-share, which would lead to OSX having those same problems that EVERYONE HATES about Windows? Just curious I guess. Depending on what some of you say, I may stop telling people why and how much I love my Mac, for fear of this potential problem.