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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by mrstep on Sat 21st May 2011 21:22 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: ???"
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They should educate users to either buy through the App Store or to NOT just type in their password and hit 'OK' when they're web surfing and happen to get a sudden prompt. But God no, don't push Norton or crap like that - not to mention, exploits routinely get past those until they have them in their profile, which means... yeah, you better just not blindly type in your password when the prompt shows up.

But then, somehow that escapes large numbers of computer users.

Maybe Lion will have a 'lock-down' by default to red-flag any software not signed / delivered through a secure channel. That's not to say it shouldn't allow it (I know I'm personally not interested in having a full-fledged machine that I can't even do my own development anymore!), just that many non-tech users would be safer if it had more warnings about the software being unsafe - or even making users go to Preferences to specifically authenticate and click on 'Allow Unsafe Programs'. Maybe people would thing a second time?

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