Why Windows gets all the viruses

If you haven’t noticed yet that 99% of those worms, trojan horses, and email viruses floating around target only ONE company’s software, you haven’t been paying attention. Virus writers write for Windows almost without exception. Microsoft would have us believe that this is an outgrowth of their market position — after all, what virus author wants to have his work limited to the few of us running something else?

Much as Bill might like that to be true, though, it’s not the whole story, or even most of if. The truth of it is that Mac OS X, Linux, and FreeBSD really are more secure, and are therefore drastically less attractive targets for virus writers. Security Focus’ Scott Granneman explains why in an article running at The Register. Worth a read, even if you’re not a geek like me.

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