Apr 29

Mac OS & malwares

A few days ago, I discussed with a supposedly IT expert and professional that gave me the “Apple & Mac OS products do not need any security softwares (anti-virus & all)” and “there is no such thing as a malware on Apple products” speech. Since the first danger is blissful ignorance, we decided to relay some links here and leave you the conclusion. By this post, we do not make any judgment on any product. We are merely relaying existing public information.

Here is a few links regarding this allegation:

  1. Mac malware found in malformed Word documents – is China to blame?
  2. Does apple recommend running anti-virus software with snow leopard?
    Best Answer

    It is always wise to have protection. Even with Mac’s being a low target of viruses. Typically you can pick up a computer virus although, it might not affect your Mac you can pass it on to your Windows Friends/Co-workers. Rather you use Snow Leopard or any other version of Mac OS you should consider an antivirus software. However, I would not rush out in panic.

  3. Apple suggests Mac users install antivirus software: “Apple is recommending that Mac users install antivirus software.”
  4. As they did in June 2007, Apple again encourages Mac users to use multiple antivirus utilities
  5. Apple quietly recommends using antivirus software
  6. OS X Mountain Lion: Protect your Mac from malware
  7. OS X Mountain Lion: What is malware?
  8. How to avoid or remove Mac Defender malware : From support.apple.comA recent phishing scam has targeted Mac users by redirecting them from legitimate websites to fake websites which tell them that their computer is infected with a virus. The user is then offered Mac Defender “anti-virus” software to solve the issue.”
  9. Mac OS X Snow Leopard and malware detection
  10. OS X Lion: Protect your Mac from malware