Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th May 2011 20:37 UTC
Apple I have personally tried to pretty much let the whole MAC Defender trojan thing pass by, since we're not a security website. However, we have an interesting turn of events this week. An article over at Ars Technica quotes several anonymous Apple Store employees as saying that the infection rate of Macs brought into the Apple store has gone up considerably. More interestingly though, Apple's official policy states that Apple Store employees are not allowed to talk about infections to anyone - they're not even allowed to inform Mac owners if they find the infection without the customer's knowledge. Another interesting tidbit: Apple mandates the use of Norton Antivirus on company Macs, according to one Apple Store genius.
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Let's face it, many users would be better off being unable to install software from arbitrary locations on their computers. The internet is the wild west, and it's not safe for uninformed users.

I would agree with this, as long as there is an option for users to 'take off the training wheels'. And I'm not talking about a jailbreak method that voids the warranty, but rather a 'safety switch' built into the OS that can only be turned off manually, and make the process hard enough to do so that nobody would ever do it accidentally.

For example, 'hold down these 3 keys on the splash screen logo, and then type in this passcode when prompted'. Then, you present a huge warning message to the user, so that they understand the dangers when flipping the switch.

That way, everybody is happy. Those who want absolute control can have it, while everybody else remains blissfully ignorant in the walled garden.

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