7628Re: [wpmac] [OT] The sad state of anti-virus protection
- Jan 8, 2013On Jan 8, 2013, at 1:01 PM, John R wrote:
> Nice links. Glad to have them, since I noticed he says:Most of the malware that has appeared in the last year was targeted by China at Himalayan activists and has been essentially non-existant in the West. Even with all the resources of an entire country behind creating such malware, the Mac has been kept updated by Apple to keep it secure.
> > of all the Mac malware that has appeared over the last 12 years,
> > almost 1/3 appeared in 2012, with 2011 in second place with 1/6
> > of appearances. If this trend continues, Mac users will need to
> > take security far more seriously than they do now.
At quick look at Thomas' malware catalog at:
shows two things:
1) That there are only 35 known pieces of malware for the Macintosh. Compare that list to the *over a million* (!) pieces of malware for Windows:
and the over 95,000 new threats for Windows *every day*!
2) Only a couple of the pieces of malware in Thomas' catalog have a threat level as high as "low." The rest have a threat level of "very low" and most have a threat level of "none."
The Macintosh is now more secure than it has ever been.
Experts: OS X now much more secure than rivals
Lion Security: Building on the iOS Foundation
"...we have security options never before available to consumers"
Major overhaul makes OS X Lion king of security
Windows bigots have been saying that there will be lots of nasty malware for the mac "any day now" for as long as OS X has been around. However, OS X has been around for over a decade now. We shouldn't have listened to them then, and we don't need to listen to them now. There is no indication that OS X is going to be beset with malware anytime soon.
Here is a fun article. It is simply entitled "Wolf." It is about the press crying "wolf" for the past decade with regard to the "coming wave of Mac malware."
Daring Fireball: Wolf!
Here's an interesting article about Mac Defender (the threat that everyone got all worked up about) and what Apple did behind the scenes:
Mac Malware 'Explosion' Missing In Action
Randy B. Singer
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