Are Macs Virus-Proof?

Monday, 11 November 2002, 3:43 PM EST

Historically, Mac OS users have had little to fear from the scourge of viruses plaguing their Windows counterparts. The operating system's "Classic" incarnation was practically impervious, Macworld editor Jason Snell told NewsFactor.

But Apple's new operating system, known as OS X , is based on the Unix platform, whose code base has been around for more than three decades. While Unix underpinnings have made Apple's OS more powerful and stable, they also have made it more susceptible to viruses and worms.

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