Symantec blasts Mac OS X security

December 21, 2007

Symantec blasts Mac OS X securityMost Mac owners are quite content with the security that accompanies each copy of OS X.  Symantec, provider of various protective software services, claims that OS X is just as vulnerable to attacks, and the same kind of attacks, as Windows.

Maybe that’s just because Symantec is bitter that it can’t spread its unnecessary software clutter to another needy operating system; nonetheless, in a recent article on CIO, Symantec representative Ollie Whitehouse said, “…researchers have demonstrated that the potential for susceptibility to the same types of flaws which have plagued Microsoft Windows for so many years does exist to the same extent.”  

Ollie, as I will call him because I like that name, goes on to warn users about the dangers of cross-platform infection; though no such cases exist, Ollie hypothesizes that it won’t be too long before instances of Windows running simultaneously with OS X could lead to a cross-platform infection.

Let’s take a look at his doomsday predictions:  First, it has been widely known that OS X doesn’t receive the attention that Windows does, and therefore hackers don’t try to hack it quite as much.  Tell me something I don’t know.  Though Macs are on the rise, it isn’t anywhere near eclipsing the share that Windows holds, and until that time, exploits for Mac will remain few.Furthermore, it is also known that, when running virtualization software, there is a chance that the partitioned Windows segment can receive infection.  However, instead of telling you to wait breathlessly for your infection, I would recommend finding a few nice cross-platform open source alternatives to your Windows-based programs so you can delete the malware that is Windows entirely from your Mac.

There you have it:  Macs might not be secure, but no hackers care enough right now to ruin everyone’s good time.  Someday you might end up hurt because you decided to dual-boot Windows with OS X.  Now that we are all no better off from our learning experience, let’s return to using OS X in peace.  

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