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Apple in Mac virus U-turn shocker

Brian Krebs at Security Fix reports that Apple appear to have made an interesting U-turn on the whole virus on a Mac thing.

"Apple encourages the widespread use of multiple anti-virus utilities so that virus programmers have more than one application to circumvent, thus making the whole virus writing process more difficult".

Full support post is here.

I wonder if they are more concerned with malware such as Trojans - the "click here to install this to see naughty videos" type of thing. I know not. Interesting.

At least at the moment with the Mac you need to enter your admin password to screw the machine up with malware! Meanwhile my friend's Windows PC seems to have ground to a halt after simply clicking on a link in an email - seemingly one of those alert messages from Facebook. I can't believe it got infected just like that - I shall be taking a look - but I fear the worst.

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A Finextra member
A Finextra member 03 December, 2008, 10:02Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Interestingly the support article has vanished.

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 03 December, 2008, 10:52Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Maybe because it was incorrect. TUAW has a nice post on this: http://www.tuaw.com/2008/12/02/apple-updates-antivirus-version-numbers-security-savants-lose-g/

Apple has advised and warned users against virusses for some time now, since june 2007. So this is not something new....

 

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 03 December, 2008, 17:33Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

It did seem a bit odd all this. The Reg explain all.