Discuss: Malware on Macs

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May 27, 2011 at 06:03:33
Specs: Windows 7, 1.9 GHz / 3837 MB
Hi all,

This week's poll question is about new malware targeting Mac OS users. Discuss here if you think this is the beginning of a more dangerous computing experience for the "safer" Mac OS, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks!
Justin


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#1
May 27, 2011 at 07:46:15
I think, undoubtedly, that this is just the start of the floodgates. Tests by hackers have shown that OS X is no more secure (in reality it is easier to hack it) than Windows. It really has, in my opinion, been a question of the lack of popularity of the Mac. We seem to have reached some critical point where the bad guys now think it is worth targeting OS X. And now that some have done it others will think "Hey, maybe it's worth having a go at OS X".

In the short term the bad guys are going to have a field day because of the complacency of Mac users compounded by the secrecy and denial from Apple. In the long term a decent industry will grow up around OS X to build protection products comparable to the quality available for Windows. But this will be made more difficult because of the culture of denial from Apple about any problems with Mac products.

Welcome to the real world Mac users! At last you have the Windows feature that you have been lacking for so long.

Personally, I've never had any malware on my Windows computers or on my Mac. That covers a period of about 35 years or more using computers. But I had to deal with plenty of them during my working days. It's all down to the users, and I suspect that Mac users are going to prove to be very easy pickings for a while.


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#2
May 27, 2011 at 10:41:15
I used a mac notebook for awhile and hated it...mount this, mount that....took forever to install progs etc. I knew the virus and malware geeks would soon get bored and target the Mac...
I don't support any apple products as they are way over-priced and cumbersome for using (not user friendly)

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#3
May 27, 2011 at 21:24:34
Nonsense. The beautiful aluminum unibody, the glowing Apple logo, and the Unix App at the System Core work together to provide a magical computing experience devoid of malware. Mac owners complaining about malware are probably just running M$ Winblows on Boot Camp.

*sips latte*

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#4
May 27, 2011 at 21:31:48
hey I get a glowing nose when I drink, is that good jackbomb? You'd better sip some cognac ;-)

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