Linked by David Adams on Tue 29th Jun 2010 17:18 UTC, submitted by fran
Bugs & Viruses AVG has launched free security software for Mac OS X, which includes tools for Safari and Firefox. AVG's CEO JR Smith, says, "Mac users have traditionally been less vulnerable to attacks because of their lower market share, but that is quickly changing." That's the age-old question of to what extent the scourge of malware on Windows is a symptom of Microsoft's sloppy security decisions vs. due to Windows' popularity and the fact that malware authors can get "more bang for their buck" targeting the most popular platform.
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by shashank_hi on Wed 30th Jun 2010 02:07 UTC
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This is more of a question than a comment for this site's audience.

I agree that there is the bang of buck concept with Windows, but Mac users in general have been more affluent. You'd think that since one in 20 users (or 10) buy a mac, one in 20 malwares should be written for OS X. It's quite an unspoiled market after all. But this isn't the case. In fact, Mac malwares are disproportionately few. Does this have something to do with OS X's underlying architecture that makes writing a malware more difficult (not impossible; although Pwn2Own contradicts this)? If malwares for OS X are imminent, would it be better for Apple to write an anti-malware application (similar to Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows)?

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