Will PC Viruses’ Attack Your Intel Mac?

Wednesday, July 30, 2008, 10:25 PM – Tips and Hints

A new user asked me a question about PC viruses’ attacking his Intel Mac. He installed Windows on his new machine so he could run regular PC programs and he asked if that made his Mac operating system vulnerable to the same kinds of cyberattacks that PC users have to deal with on a daily basis.

First I will remind the reader that I am not a teckie, but I will try and give a very simple answer to this. Perhaps enough that those who want to investigate more will have a basis for asking more in depth questions.

I have read and heard some experts say that Windows running on a Mac is subject to the same attacks as Windows running on a PC and Mac users should protect against them with Microsoft security fixes and antivirus software.

Others say that while the attacks can happen, they don’t do any damage because the attacks don’t have any affect on the Mac operating system because they can’t read the operating system.

I am at a disadvantage because I don’t have an Intel Mac yet. I do know that of all my friends who do have Intel Macs, not one of them (with Windows loaded on their machines) has had a problem with PC related virus attacks.

So what are you supposed to do? Certainly keep up with all the Microsoft security fixes at a minimum and talk to your Mac friends and keep up with what is going on. Just be aware of the issues if you have to load Windows on your Mac.



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