Eric5h5, on January 22nd 2006, 04:45 PM, said:
I've said this before, and I guess I have to say it again: that line of reasoning just doesn't hold up. How do you explain the dozens of OS 9 viruses? It's very easy to spread them, too...because OS 9 is not a secure OS. I've seen a couple myself at one company around here, even though there are hardly any other people left who are running OS 9. If there's any way for a virus to spread, it will, and it really has little to do with the number of people using the OS. It's a matter of security.
Well, you're wrong and your logic is faulty. It's like you are confusing hazard with risk. Both are related, but it's actually risk = probability times hazard. Hazard is the potential negative impact of a virus. You can do nothing that lowers the hazard of virii, what you can do is reduce the risk that you are affected by lowering the probability (ie dont connect to the net, use the Mac platform which is a non-target for most virii etc). Of course there are hazardful virii on OS9... but was there a reasonable risk? No...
I work with Macs since 12 years or so, and my Mac is everyday on the net, within an organization that is attacked every day... I share a lot of files between servers and per eMail. I have no Virus scanner and dont need one, because the risk is already very low.