May 11, 2012

When I Say 'Virus,' You Know Exactly What I Mean

Ed Bott, ZDNet


Every time I write about the issue of malware on PCs and Macs, it is only a matter of time before someone shows up in the comments to get pedantic over the correct usage of the word virus.

In the Talkback section of a post I published last week, a commenter told me I “blew it” with an illustration I used, which contained Apple’s reference to the Mac having no “PC viruses.” He (it’s always a “he”) went on at excruciating length to explain all the different types of viruses. It was a trip to a world of strange creatures that would have made Tolkien proud. It was erudite, in a 15th Century way. He closed by reminding me that I need to “pay more attention” to facts.

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TAGGED: virus, privacy concerns


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