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Pop quiz: should everyone at home switch from a PC to a Mac to avoid malware, as suggested by a leading security firm? You say, er, NO!

Of course, this dire warning has nothing to do with the fact that they stand to lost a significant amount of business when M$ start pedling their own AV software, and by getting people to switch to macs they're increasing the potential size of their market when M$ won't penetrate.

Yours cynically,

Sandy Scott


Security firm Sophos has issued a call for home computer users to ditch the Windows operating system and switch to Macs for the sake of their safety online."

You'll no doubt be flooded with responses such as this, as vulture watchers are a bright bunch, but this plan of Sophos only works so long as people _don't_ take their advice. Should a significant portion of the market switch, thus creating a large enough slice of the pie to target, then it too will come under fire. Mac users are only safe so long as no notable number uses Macs. So let us hope that the minds Sophos can convince are actually few and far between, for the sake of the safe.

Sincerely, Arah

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