Re: Old-timer Mac Fan despairs
Amen to that. The core OS, derived from BSD family, is probably pretty strong wrt to security. Much stronger than Windows, IMHO.
However... M$ has had a decade of justified user outrage about their crap security and has, to an extent, learned to take security seriously enough to mitigate the really sucky Windows underpinnings.
Fanbois who instinctively defend Apple miss the point that Apple's record is pretty lax when it comes to security, aside from what comes baked-in from BSD and Sudo. We had the LDAP goof a while back, the Flashback Trojans (2 acquaintances caught out), the MacDefender ("no don't support our infected users that would make it seem like we are not secure").
Apple will need to get its s**t together or non-fanbois will balk at paying extra $ for still-insecure computers. They need to recognize that pricey computers => juicy targets for malware writers, esp. when the prevailing attitude seems to be "antivirus? what antivirus, I am on a Mac". They need to stand by their users' security, period. Over convenience, when needed.
One of my primary reasons for being on a Mac is not trusting Windows to store any sensitive info. F*** this up enough and I'll move out again.