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Rant: Mac user's security arrogance clouds common sense

F-Secure has posted the following blog entry at securityfocus.

"There has been a lot of talk (link 1, link 2, link 3) during the last few days about a support article that seemingly appeared on the Apple website. In the article, Apple advised users to install an anti-virus software to make sure their computers are safe. The reason it took people by surprise is that Apple has previously said that Mac users doesn't have to worry about antivirus software.

Turns out the support article was from 2007 and now has been pulled from the Apple website. Apple also issued a statement saying that the article was outdated and that Macs really don't need antivirus because they are so secure. Quoting a spokesperson from Apple:

"The Mac is designed with built-in technologies that provide protection against malicious software and security threats, right out of the box."

That's just silly.

While there is much less malware out there for Macs, they definitely exist, and Mac users are as likely to fall victim for traditional email based phishing attacks as PC users."

Read more: http://www.securityfocus.com/blogs/1467

I might be getting old (possibly bitter) but I'm also pretty sick of the arrogance of *some* mac users pertaining to security. Less people use macs and are therefore a less desirable target to an attacker looking to own the most amount of people. The same argument was made for firefox 3-4 years ago. Now that firefox is more widely used it is being looked at more, and more issues are being found in it (more than IE even!).


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It's not arrogance; it's ignorance.

And I'm allowed to say that, I'm a OS X user.