The message that Macs are now open to virus attacks has been running a muck through blogs and news sites the last few days. Apple has since deleted the entry on their forums that suggested this in the first place.
Apple, which has been known for its advertisements that hit Windows for its vulnerabilities, issued advice on their support forums that to many suggested Macs are no longer invincible and are susceptible to virus attacks. The following is the statement that caused the uproar.
Apple encourages the widespread use of multiple antivirus utilities so that virus programmers have more than one application to circumvent, thus making the whole virus writing process more difficult.’ It goes on to recommend a handful of products.”
The Apple support forums have now retracted that forum post, letting the world know that the post is not an official statement from Apple. Apple is Unix based and that makes it a harder system for malware to mess with. Macs also have a small market share and viruses need more and more people to become victims for the virus to spread. These two combine to make Macs virtually invincible.
Though Mac users can sigh relief at this, they should be aware that viruses are not the only thing they need to protect themselves against. I’d just like to throw a fair warning to all Mac users out there, you still need to protect what information you have on your computer and put online. Just because you have a Mac does not protect you from money and identity thefts.
Some viral attacks walk right by the Mac operating system and attack your browsers or get you through email. Beware, your machines may still be safe from attacks, but you are not. Just a little reminder from zMogo.