This reminds me of when I installed BitDefender on Linux (free for home users).
I don't typically use AV on Linux, because there really aren't any Linux "viruses" in the wild, but I thought it would be fun to see how well the product worked.
Much to my surprise, it found 8 viruses!
All of them were viruses for Windows (and unable to run on Linux), in attachments that had automagically been sent to my Thunderbird junk-email folder.
>> but that doesn’t mean Mac users can’t be carriers for the stuff; all it
takes is sharing a flash drive,...
I'm going to go devil's advocate here and say that if someone on Windows runs an infected file and has no AV on their system, that's on them - not the Mac user. I can explain...
>> sending an email attachment--any typical
computer-to-computer communication, really.
By that argument, you must also insist that Cisco routers run Windows AV and scrub the data passing through them to protect the poor Windows OS. Didn't any of the $200 people paid for the OS go towards security? Why should the rest of the world protect the for-profit monopoly?
What's ridiculous is that this is typical news for most tech sites: Throw "Mac" and "Virus" into a headline and suddenly it's big news - even when that news is really "Virus affects Windows - Mac maybe distantly involved maybe.". Why? If the Mac-iverse were burgeoning with viruses as people would like us to believe, these "Mac Virus" articles wouldn't really be news - would they?
Anyone who thinks that Mac's are just as vulnerable as Microsoft's OS, just look at the most common points of entry and consider which default browser people on each system are using: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_web_browsers#Security_and_vulnerabilities
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
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