Windows has long been known as a cesspool of malware, most of which never managed to make the crossing to Macs. Now it’s Android malware that poses yet another self-inflicted wound to mankind. A news report says new Android malware hits the market– every 18 seconds. What about Apple products?
Self-Infliction Is A Choice
Just as I once thought there were only two kinds of Windows PC users, I have a firm belief there are two kinds of Android device users.
Windows PC users could be divided into two camps; the geeks who loved to tinker, and the rest of humanity who had Windows foisted upon them by someone else. Likewise, Android device owners fall into similar camps; the geek that loves to tinker with settings until daybreak, and the rest of humanity who just want a phone, and Android devices are cheap, and, oh yeah, it has email, text, a browser, and cheap games.
Is it any wonder that Apple controls half the profits in the PC industry, and over 80-percent of the profits in smartphones and tablets? Apple makes products that people want to use, not devices that are the last resort choice, or imposed use.
Garden? Or, Cesspool?
Apple is criticized ad nauseam by members of the technorati elite because the company builds, maintains, and rules over a growing walled garden, a restricted community of users, devices which interoperate better with one another; ease-of-use encased in protective hardware.
Being an Apple customer isn’t like checking into Hotel California. You can leave any time you want. Most do not because there’s no reason to leave. That may explain why Apple’s customer base increases year to year– people
think feel that Apple’s environment is more seamless, more protective of privacy and security, and worth the added cost.
The news report on the increase in Android malware– over 440,000 new ones in the last quarter alone– should be a wake up call but it’s not. Why not? Windows PC users, who make up the vast majority of Android device owners, are already acclimated to such a cesspool; to them, that’s business as usual.
For a growing number of Apple’s customers, the so-called walled garden is a Disneyland-esque place devoid of the stresses and strains of Windows and Android ownership. Yes, Disneyland is a good analogy. It costs more to get in, but no one thinks about the entry price tag once they’re on a few rides, munching on cotton candy, or marveling at how clean the place is.