chrishoffman at November 7th, 2013 06:41 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/175083/htg-explains-do-non-windows-platforms-like-mac-android-ios-and-linux-get-viruses/
Viruses and other types of malware seem largely confined to Windows in the real world. Even on a Windows 8 PC, you can still get infected with malware. But how vulnerable are other operating systems to malware?
nsdcars5 at November 7th, 2013 07:47 — #2
Android also checks sideloaded apps. The photo you have in the Droid section is actually an app being sideloaded.
Oh, and at the title picture: Don't kill the poor laptop! What has it done to you? Other than running Vista, of course.
soullessecho at November 7th, 2013 16:19 — #3
This was a very well written article. Most virus/malware problems on windows can be averted with free software and a little common sense. Unfortunately the latter is a rare commodity these days.
soullessecho at November 7th, 2013 16:26 — #4
Vista wasn't that bad. Although I may just believe that because I upgrade from ME.
rshewmaker at November 7th, 2013 17:56 — #5
Great read! I always sum it up to popularity. Notorious B.I.G. and Puffy said it best, "Mo money, mo problems."
techgnosticator at November 7th, 2013 18:02 — #6
Don't forget your history! The very first malware on the 'net was written for UNIX in the days when that was pretty much the only operating system that could even access the Internet (or was it still in the old uucp/pre-www days?!) There were plenty of exploits available on UNIX early on, but since the community was very tech-savvy, since most systems were running BSD (rather than proprietary versions of UNIX), and, even if they weren't, the same commands and infrastructure were available to pretty much everyone. When the way to close the security hole was shared, the instructions would work on virtually any platform!
flykim at January 4th, 2014 23:55 — #7
The only way to prevent malware from infecting any system regardless of OS, is to not switch it on and use it at all! Risks can be minimised, but not entirely eliminated.