Javea Grapevine Issue No. 170 - 2014 - Page 52

52 | The Grapevine Issue 170 2014 Easy computer-talk Hi Everyone! Today we are going to talk about a topic which often is an issue for debating between several computer users. And this is… Are Mac users safe of viruses? by JPG We have all heard the sentence ‘there are no Mac viruses’, and it’s a wellknown topic in most of Mac-related forums. When a person expresses a concern about viruses, someone (often someone identified by the forum as an expert) will invariably respond with, “No way! There are no Mac viruses.” Usually, no additional information is given. This is quite annoying, because that is a partial truth that hides and denies the greater reality. So what is the truth, then? On one hand, quite a lot of people don’t understand  basic malware terminology. The technical definition of a “virus” is a malicious program that installs by itself, hiding itself inside another program or file, and spreads itself to other computers. The word “malware,” on the other hand, refers to all classes of malicious software: viruses, worms, trojans, etc.  The average user refers to all malware as “viruses,” without an understanding of the strict definition of the word. There’s nothing wrong with that, and it should be the job of those with more technical knowledge to educate tho