The belief that Mac OS X isn't vulnerable to malware doesn't hold good anymore ever-since Apple itself posted a different security message on its Internet site, published sdtimes.com dated June 18, 2012.
Earlier Apple's website message stated that Mac-computers weren't vulnerable to innumerable viruses which inflicted Windows-PCs because of the built-in safeguards within its OS X operating system, which maintained security of the end-user devoid of any action from his end.
But very recently, Apple altered its statement. It posted that built-in safeguards within the OS X maintained security of the end-user against inadvertent take downs of malware on his Mac. Apple as well altered the saying that 'OS X didn't receive computer viruses' to 'OS X was created to be secured.'
When enquired regarding its message's alteration, Apple refrained from responding then as also now. Security specialists think the company possibly is engaged with the malware-writers' focus on it of late. Surely, Apple won't allow the risk of its reputation of providing safe modules tarnished. That means, Apple has become aware that people will little believe its claims given that its "hack-proof" computers were currently confirmed being simply as malware-vulnerable as other systems.
For example, only some months back, it was found that the Flashback malicious program had contaminated around 600,000 Mac PCs worldwide of which 274 were from Cupertino (USA) the homeland of Apple.
Senior Technology Consultant Graham Cluley for Sophos states that it's nowadays a reality to have Mac malware, with routine end-users discovering infections on their PCs. While the issue mayn't be similarly great like Windows infections, nonetheless, it's there, he continues. Scmagazine.com.au published this dated June 18, 2012.
Cluley further states that Sophos of late analyzed that 1 in 36 Mac PCs became contaminated with OS X malicious software therefore the problem is genuine. According to him, Apple appears as getting slightly more intrepid towards admitting it, adding that Apple marketing unit's drive for the altered messages is certain significant baby-steps.
Expectedly, Apple products' consumers will give little credence to the company's exaggerated supremacy regarding its operating system and instead practice adopting standard security rules such as loading anti-virus software.