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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Phloptical
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2006-10-10


Small market share is actually obscurity not security.

Obscurity; I hide behind a corner and you can't see me until you walk around the corner. I'm obscured only until you know where to look.

Security; I hide behind a corner but you can't walk around it and see me because you'd have to get through the locked gate between us.

The first provides no real resistance to finding me where the second does provides some form of resistance to your attempts at walking around the corner.


I really wasn't equating their security with obscurity, although that's what all the CLI-kiddies tout as their number one reason why command line is better. My argument is that everyone knew you were around that corner, but it's only been recently that anyone cared about the gate you're sitting behind.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06


but it's only been recently that anyone cared about the gate you're sitting behind


Well yes, but that gate is not magically more effective now that people take interest in seeing me. The wall and gate is not suddenly more or less secure than it was before. It may attract more attempts now with it's recent popularity but any successful attempts would have been just as successful before.

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