Apple said they have 128M Mac's in usage today after 28 years. Roughly 4.5M sold per year. Really shows how small the pentration in the market really is. But we have seen how easy OS X is to exploit vs Windows. As Mac OS X pentration increases so will the issues.
I think as long as Windows still has the commanding share, and Windows is still used in businesses where valuable data is used, Windows will continu =e to have more issues.
However, as Mac pentrate into more businesses that use valuable date, its issues will also increase. Security thorugh obscurity ony works for so long. The fact mac are so easy to exploit as P2O have shown, I am surprise the increase hasn't been 100 fold. I can only assume the reason it hasn't is, Mac's aren't use in the types of busienss that have the sate hackers want to steal.
Those businesses typicaly use Windows Server or Unix/Linux Servers. They don't use X-Scale. Like the reason why? Maybe to easy to exploit. X-Serve has mostly been use by the scientific/educational community vs Windows which si used by credit card companies, the US Gov't and many other huge for profit orgs.
To be specific, mac's are immune to Windows virus. But that doesn't mean they can't be compiled to infect other platforms.
The biggest issues with Windows an viruses/malware/spyware is what sits in between the keyboard and the chair. The world is full of infections, yet there are people in this world who have never gotten sick with anything...EVER! The same can be said of Windows users. Its not about how many viruses a platform has, its how many actually succeed in infecting people.
Windows has over 1B users. Based on facts I could find, recent stats show that 1 in 5 mac's have some type of infection. Yet the Conflicker virus which is one of the worse infection listed, only hit 7M computers. That is about 0.7.
In reality when you actually look at facts and ignore purposeful ignorance from fans, you find out the picture is a lot more brighter than they have you believe.
Windows is install on over 1B KNOWN computers which INCLUDE Macs, and it install on likely half as many illegally. Potential 1.5B users run Windows and only a small magin really have issues. And since 65% of those 1B are Enterprise computers, we are speaking far less infected computers as a whole.
Again perspective changes when facts are acknowledge and ignorance is laid to rest.
The Mac IS a P
omputer that just so happens to also run Windows. Which based on IBM's own definition, the Mac has ALWAYS been a PC. Steve and Company have long work and to market itself as being so different. In some ways the Mac is very different. But it is a PC, and now that it is x86 and runs Windows, it is just as plaqued to the same issues. Mac OS X running on a Mac may have far less issues vs Windows. But Windows on a Mac is the same as Windows on any other OEM's computer.
This post has been edited by QUADICON: 26 June 2012 - 11:10 AM