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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RE[2]: Deliciously ironic...
by WereCatf on Sat 21st May 2011 10:21 UTC in reply to "RE: Deliciously ironic..."
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For the nth time, App store vetting does not remove malware, only thing malware has to do is to hide a bit better.

The only true way to stop malware is to introduce a security infrastructure that's worth something. Everything else is deceptive.

True enough, but even lessening the amount of malware is better than nothing, you have to admit that. And app store or similar is good for that; there simply aren't as many malware-/virus-infected applications there that get through.

So, as a temporary solution it would still be worthwhile.

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RE[3]: Deliciously ironic...
by Neolander on Sat 21st May 2011 10:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Deliciously ironic..."
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Sure, if you see it as a temporary solution, it's worthwhile.

I'm just against people who advocate (or at least seem to advocate) it as some kind of silver bullet that will magically solve computer security problems.

It's like antiviruses : if your OS' users need a third-party program or company to tell them that some piece of software is dangerous, you're doing it wrong ;)

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RE[4]: Deliciously ironic...
by fran on Sat 21st May 2011 14:04 in reply to "RE[3]: Deliciously ironic..."
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This is the very irony of OS insecurity. You have this battle hardened OS's but with you the user the keys to the castle. Microsoft and Apple argues we can only sell you the castle we cant help you choose your friends also.

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