Setting The Virus Record Straight: Debunking The Market Share Myth

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  1. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601

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    This is a blog entry I found from a user on AppleInsider.com. He brings up some very good issues to debunk the argument some people use to explain why Mac OS X doesn't have (known) viruses. I want to know what everyone else thinks about it.

    Article Link: Setting The Virus Record Straight: Debunking The Market Share Myth

    Here is a snippet...

    By the way, I am in no way trying to promote this guys blog, I just think this is a very good article. I also think it's too long to post here.
     
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  5. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    There are 15 threads on this already, but Apple is not "suggesting" nor is it recommending that its users buy antivirus software. Apple is recommending that its users not all use the same antivirus software package.

    There are no MacOS X viruses. With this recommendation, Apple has developed an impenetrable defense against pressure to develop its own antivirus utility.
     
  6. themoonisdown09 thread starter macrumors 601

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    The main purpose of this article/thread was to debunk the theories about Mac OS X having no viruses because they have very little market share. I don't want to get into whether you should run virus software or whether Apple recommends it, there are already plenty of threads on this.
     
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    Just don't download any shady program from porn sites. ;)
     
  8. duncyboy macrumors 6502a

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    Very interesting read- thanks for the link :)
     
  9. drichards macrumors 6502a

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    If marketshare was a virus writer's prime factor when considering the target, don't you think they would write for Apache? Apache's servers host something like 70% of websites, and they got hit with about one worm in the past eight years.
     
  10. NoSmokingBandit macrumors 68000

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    Arguing about this is pointless. The Market Share Theory cannot be proved nor disproved until Apple and OS X has over 90% of the market like MS does. Until then we are all just saying whatever we feel like based on whatever speculation we've already decided we agree with.
     
  11. themoonisdown09 thread starter macrumors 601

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    If market share had anything to do with it, why were there viruses back when Apple's market share was a lot smaller than it is today. There are way more people using OS X now than there was using OS 8 and there are no viruses.
     
  12. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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    I think there is a very creditable argument on why it is not related to market share.

    One known mac virus was made for OS 9. OS 9s market share was not even 10% of OS Xs current market share. It is a matter of how the software functions more then anything.
     

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