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Apple No Longer Claiming OS X Immune to Viruses

Posted by zduncan | Posted in Computer | Posted on 27-06-2012

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Apple OS XWell, it has finally happened. Apple has officially removed the statement from its website stating that the Mac OS X operating system isn’t susceptible to viruses. It’s no surprise that this has happened in the wake of the Flashback malware that plagued Apple users recently. There’s nothing more embarrassing than claiming that you are virus-proof than getting a virus, especially when you’re as big a company as Apple.

Apple removed the 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.” According to Graham Cluley, Senior Technology Consultant for Sophos U.S., Apple is finally starting to take security seriously.

In a recent blog post Cluley was quoted as saying, “I view the changes in the messages pushed out by their marketing department as some important baby-steps. Let’s hope more Apple Mac owners are also learning to take important security steps — such as installing antivirus protection.”

In addition to changing the messages, Apple has released a security guide for the iOS and also announced in February that OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion would include a new feature known as Gatekeeper (I am the Keymaster…) that would restrict which applications users can install on their mobile devices.

Kaspersky Lab Co-Founder Eugene Kaspersky has also urged Apple to increase its virus protection. In a recent interview with Computerworld Australia, Kaspersky stated that Apple needed more time to extend time frames for supporting older operating systems. For reference sake, Apple discontinued support for OSX 10.5 Leopard when OS X 10.7 was released.

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

Source: PC World – Apple Quietly Pulls Claims of Virus Immunity

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