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Shoulda Bought An Apple

By Nicholas Olson
Aug. 18, 2005

Headlines abound with the terms "Worm" and "Virus" and "Spyware," all part of the idea of malicious logic, meaning software created to disrupt, corrupt or impede productivity in the realm of computer use.

All I have to say is you should have used an Apple.

From the inception of the Apple Computer, users have found that the majority of operations on their machines has gone unhindered by the affects of hackers and corrupt companies bent on stealing your identity. This was a built-in feature because, while independent programmers may not like it, Apple builds a virtually airtight computer.

Now you may be wondering why this is so and the answer is simple. Microsoft created an operating system that allows for several programs to work together, like Internet Explorer and Windows XP and Microsoft Word, but the problem is that, while it offers convenience, it allows people bent on enacting revenge on Microsoft to use these connections to disrupt the system.

Not so with Apple. Maybe it is as simple as Apple being the little guy in the game, with about 6 percent of the market share, or maybe it because Apple made things so proprietary that the permissions would have to be too complex for your average hacker.

Either way, Apple's tend to not be attacked. In fact, they do not create anti-spyware software for the machines because they do not need to. I will admit that I surf the Internet quite a bit on my computer and, even after scanning my older machine, I cannot find a single virus or piece of spyware in my system.

This is not to say that Apple's run perfectly all the time. It just means that they are less prone to lose all of your data in one fowl swoop like with PCs. When Apple released the OS X software, they also included a nifty feature that allows the program to fail but not the whole computer.

The lesson to be learned from putting all the eggs in one basket is that when things go wrong, and they do, Apple tends to lend to stability of operation and keeps the bills low for the information technology people and staves off lost productivity. The next time a virus takes down your network, just remember that you could have avoided it by purchasing a better machine.

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About the author: Nicholas Olson is a long-time journalist who has been a columnist at his college newspaper and is currently a military journalist.

Email: nicholasjolson@yahoo.com


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