Will the Surface Pro 3 be able to defend against viruses like an apple device?
Will it be as secure as a MacBook Pro? Will it have anti virus software on it? Basically when it comes to virus protection will it even come close to apple?
- 6 years agoFavorite Answer
The hardware does not defend. The software defends. The Surface Pro 3 uses Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit. That is not particularly secure at all. Apps (a virus is an app) can be installed without a user password. Mac OS requires typing an admin password to add any software to the OS directories. Windows has anti-malware features that can detect known malware signatures. How do so many viruses and Trojans get past that? They are new, and the security updates are only available a few days after the new malware becomes known and has been analyzed.
Bad little boys who develop computer viruses want attention, headlines. They could get huge headlines for developing the first real virus that could take down Mac OS... but so far, they haven't been able to. The reason they can't is just what I explained above. It has nothing to do with the fact that only 20% of computing systems sold last year (including tablets) run an Apple OS.
Ask 100 Windows users if they have ever had any damaging malware. More than 50% will say yes, and we can assume a few of them are mistaken. Ask 100 Mac users the same question, and less than one percent will say yes... and they are probably assuming it was malware, could have been file system corruption from any number of other causes.
Do not expect any Windows system to have good security. Expect Mac OS 10.9 and the latest Linux to have excellent security. To make a Surface Pro 3 secure, install Linux on it.
- FredmasterLv 66 years ago
It's essentially a normal Windows computer, and is as secure as any other one. Apple computers aren't particularly well-secured against viruses, they just don't get targeted nearly as much as Windows. In other words, since the Surface Pro 3 runs Windows, you will probably want to run antivirus software on it.
- 6 years ago
Since the Surface Pro 3 is a full-blown PC, you will need anti-virus software (although it does come built-in with Windows Defender). And btw, Apple computers also need anti-virus software. The Surface RT/2 is comparable to an iPad and it does not need any additional anti-virus software.
Here is a post addressing your question: http://www.lovemysurface.net/need-antivirus-protec...
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- DurantashLv 56 years ago
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