[b]ut the conclusion is clear: Linux and Mac OS X aren't just more secure because fewer people use them. They're also much harder to crack right out of the box.
NY Times columnist David Pogue writes that it's not just perception that Linux and Mac OS X are less susceptible to attack -- there are sound technical reasons that they are more "trustworthy" by design.
This line sounds like the excuse Microsoft fans give me for why Notes hasn't been hacked:
I also wrote that Mac OS X and Linux are virus-free because they offer virus writers a much smaller "audience" than Windows -- a notion that's been much repeated in the press, most recently last week's BusinessWeek cover story. That, as it turns out, is a myth, no matter who repeats it.
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