Windows is becoming a major headache and an expensive worry. I want to purchase an Apple Mac -- but, I have no Knowledge of them -- my father always considered them a "toy" and would never purchase one. Now that I am the one who is doing the purchases, I feel out of my element!:O If I purchase an Apple Mac, would I still have to have a firewall and all that "stuff" that goes with having Windows? Is an Apple Mac safer and therefore not in need of all the "stuff" that one has to have to use the internet when using windows? Are Apple Macs user-friendly? I have never even seen one being used on campus or anywhere else -- where would someone go to learn to use one? This is really upsetting to think that I don't know any of these things.