Former CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, has recommended that people use Macs to stay secure.
Speaking at All Things Digital on Tuesday, Schmidt made a number of remarks against Microsoft. Microsoft is “not driving the consumer revolution,” he said, referring to the company’s Xbox business. He says Xbox is “not a platform at the computational level.”
Schmidt recommended that people use Google’s Chrome browser for security.“You could also use a Mac instead of a PC,” he added. “The viruses that are present on the PC are not likely to affect you as much on the Mac”. Schmidt’s comments came at shortly after Apple issued s security update on Tuesday to address an increasingly wild MacDefender malware threat.
Schmidt also spoke briefly about partnering with Facebook. “We’ve tried very hard to partner with Facebook,” he said. “Traditionally, they’ve done deals with Microsoft.” The Google chairman also excluded Microsoft from his top four companies providing the major consumer technology platforms. He chose to highlight Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon. “Each of them is a consumer brand that provides something that you can’t do otherwise,” he said. “What’s different now is that these are global companies with reach and economics that ten years ago or 20 years ago one company had.”
Eric Schmidt’s D9 video highlights are available below, Todd Bishop at GeekWire has a good overview of Schmidt’s comments too.