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Do mac users need Antivirus?

I posted a while back on the various Antivirus apps available for the Mac. Anyone interested in an update should have a look at the article on Macworld that looks at the threat and makes some interesting points. And don’t forget that Windows running in a virtual machine (using VMware, Parallels or the free Virtualbox) is still Windows so needs protection.

One of the comments left after the article raised a good point, why hasn’t there been a major security breach of Mac OS X? Now that the Mac’s market share is growing there would be a lot of publicity for whoever writes the first widespread security threat, so where is it? is this luck, or is Apple doing something right?

  1. October 11, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    I suspect there are a number of factors, one being that the primary motive for malware these days is to make money. Malware creators are being paid by ad agencies or other companies to create software that will advertise their product, or more commonly there are phishing schemes that are being carried out to gain credits cards and bank information that can be sold off to third parties. While virus’ are still prominent, the main security risk users are facing are web-based attacks that affect all users.

    But I think that Apple has also done some things right. From the beginning they never had potentially vulnerable services running on the machine that users could exploit if they lacked a firewall, either through NAT or on their machine.

    It’s hard to tell, but I’d say that we’re moving past Virus’ and we’re moving into more user-based attacks with much more social engineering that no amount of AV can prevent.

  2. cyberqueen
    October 12, 2008 at 8:01 am

    Safe from hackers

    I had to face a lot of trial and tribulation when my e-mail got hacked and was misused.
    I was shocked by it as I regularly scanned my computer. Then I switched on to http://www.safer-networking.org. And it was a blessing in disguise for me. It found some hundred of spywares, Keyloggers and trojans on my pc.

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