I hear critics of the Mac OS X platform say things like “The Mac userbase is too small for malware authors to bother writing viruses for the Mac.” Oh really? The Mac is just a sitting duck, and nobody cares enough to write one single lowly virus?

I don’t buy that for a second. That isn’t to say that I believe the Mac is the be-all-end-all of operating systems. In fact, I am positive that it can be exploited. However, I don’t believe that it is as easy as some would have you believe. Some people would have you believe that now that Microsoft has finally implemented UAC, an analog to something that OS X has had for years, now Windows is the king of security. I’m afraid I have to call “Bull” on this nonsense.

If us silly little Mac users are so blind to these massive security flaws, then prove it. Put your skill where your mouth is, and just do it. Do you know how much publicity one would get if one wrote the first OS X virus? Instant fame would be an understatement.

If you want to fool yourself into believing that we live in some bizarro universe where Macs are the buck-tooth fuglies, and Windows PCs are the hot chicks that put out, then be my guest.

Grant Brunner