Marc Maiffret, a former hacker busted by the FBI at age 17, claimed that Apple previously used its apparent security strength as a marketing strategy, but would not have been able to back up their claims.
“They didn’t have good technical structures behind the scenes,” he said. “Anytime there’s been a hacking contest, within a few hours someone’s found a new Apple vulnerability,” says Marc, who now works as an employee of Microsoft, trying to find security flaws in their software.
So why do viruses seem to elude the the almighty Mac?
“The reason we don’t see more attacks out there compared to Microsoft is because their market share isn’t near what Microsoft’s is,” said Maiffret.
Another reason Mac users boast about a virus-free relationship with their computer could be Apple’s Unix-based operating system.
“There’s nothing inherent with Apple themselves and their development,” continues Maiffret. “The only reason Apple gets little increase in security is because they’re running on top of a Unix-based operating system and they can take advantage of some of the things that have been done for them.”
For now, Maiffret believes that Microsoft has come out on top.
“When you look at Microsoft today they do more to secure their software than anyone,” he said. “From an internal process in how they go about auditing their code and securing software from a technical perspective, they do have one of the best models. The area they still have room for improvement is around time lines of how long it takes for them to fix things,” said Maiffret.
If Maiffret’s opinions on security prove true, buyers may find themselves choosing their computers like a teenaged girl chooses her prom date.
Will you go for the artsy one with a penchant for photography and graphic design, or will you choose the protecter–strong, unwavering, and reliable?