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    Apple secretly pulls claims of virus immunity






    Apple Quietly Pulls Claims of Virus Immunity | PCWorld


    In the wake of the Flashback botnet which targeted Mac computers, Apple has removed a statement from its messages on its website that Mac operating system X (OS X) isn't susceptible to viruses.


    Apple removed the previous statement "It doesn't get PC viruses" and replaced it with "It's built to be safe," and "Safeguard your data. By doing nothing" with "Safety. Built in." A comparison of the old and new messages is currently available here.

    According to Sophos U.S. senior technology consultant Graham Cluley, this is a sign that Apple is starting to take security seriously.

    "I view the changes in the messages pushed out by their marketing department as some important baby-steps," he wrote in a blog entry.

    "Let's hope more Apple Mac owners are also learning to take important security steps -- such as installing antivirus protection."

    In addition to changing its marketing messages, Apple has released a security guide for the iPhone operating system iOS and announced in February that OS X 10.8, or Mountain Lion, would include a new feature called Gatekeeper that would restrict which applications users can install on their devices.

    Cluley is not the only security expert who has urged Apple to improve its OS protection.

    In a recent interview with Computerworld Australia, Kaspersky Lab co-founder Eugene Kaspersky said the company needed to extend time frames for supporting older operating systems. For example, in May this year Apple ended support for OS X 10.5, also known as Leopard, when OS X 10.7 was released.

    "Apple has stopped supporting some older operating systems but there are still millions of people using these systems," he said. "It means if vulnerabilities are found, any kind of bad guys will be free to infect these machines."

    Apple Australia was contacted by Computerworld Australia but declined to comment.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Ps360 View Post
    Windows: It doesn't get Mac viruses
    Mac: it doesn't get the hundreds of thousands of PC viruses.

    A couple of low-infection rate but high profile viruses IF you had ZERO protection is not tantamount to a Mac security crisis. It's only because of the mass proliferation of viruses on Windows that people are educated enough to know they're fucked without it.

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    har dee har har ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ant1th3s1s View Post
    Mac: it doesn't get the hundreds of thousands of PC viruses.

    A couple of low-infection rate but high profile viruses IF you had ZERO protection is not tantamount to a Mac security crisis. It's only because of the mass proliferation of viruses on Windows that people are educated enough to know they're fucked without it.
    Well, one obviously has to be very stupid to get a virus on his/her Mac, but one must be very stupid to get his PC full of viruses too (specially to the point of it being totaly useless thanks to viruses).

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    I read about this earlier today. I understand why they re-wrote it.

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    Still waiting for the day when it posts something useful/meaningful.

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    Regardless of the claims by Apple, it all comes down to the end user. A clueless Mac or PC user will end up infecting a computer with viruses, trojans, adware and spyware etc.

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    Well it's not like they're gonna announce to everyone "Hey, our products are no longer virus immune". No company would go out and say that. So of course they said it secretly. At least they changed it.

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