Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Jun 2012 09:34 UTC, submitted by tomcat
Mac OS X "In the wake of the Flashback botnet which targeted Mac computers, Apple has removed a statement from its messages on its website that Mac operating system X (OS X) isn't susceptible to viruses." It was an untenable statement anyway. Security is an illusion.
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How to Get My Money Back/
by JeeperMate on Tue 26th Jun 2012 09:58 UTC
JeeperMate
Member since:
2010-06-12

I bought a Mac because Apple claimed it's insusceptible to viruses. Does anyone know how to get my money back?

I already have two computers running two different operating systems that have security built-in. I don't need another one.

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v RE: How to Get My Money Back/
by MOS6510 on Tue 26th Jun 2012 10:28 in reply to "How to Get My Money Back/"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

I think he was joking ;)

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RE: How to Get My Money Back/
by areks on Tue 26th Jun 2012 10:41 in reply to "How to Get My Money Back/"
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2008-11-10
RE: How to Get My Money Back/
by moondevil on Tue 26th Jun 2012 11:38 in reply to "How to Get My Money Back/"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Since any user from OSNews should know that there are no 100% secure OS, you are to blame yourself for believing in such hype.

Security is hard, and most normal users don't bother with it.

Even if they get a proper configured OS, there are many stupid users that will just "Press this to..." when asked, regardless how good the OS is in regards to security.

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RE[2]: How to Get My Money Back/
by CapEnt on Tue 26th Jun 2012 11:52 in reply to "RE: How to Get My Money Back/"
CapEnt Member since:
2005-12-18

I think that he is being sarcastic. ;)

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RE[2]: How to Get My Money Back/
by reez on Tue 26th Jun 2012 11:59 in reply to "RE: How to Get My Money Back/"
reez Member since:
2006-06-28

Even if they get a proper configured OS, there are many stupid users that will just "Press this to..." when asked, regardless how good the OS is in regards to security.

Fun fact: This isn't true for Windows and other updates. ;)

Edited 2012-06-26 11:59 UTC

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RE: How to Get My Money Back/
by laffer1 on Tue 26th Jun 2012 12:28 in reply to "How to Get My Money Back/"
laffer1 Member since:
2007-11-09

Apple was selling security through obscurity. Security experts will tell you this never works. In reality, it may stop some script kiddies, but never anyone who wants to do real harm to you.

Any OS can get a virus. It's simple to write one in whatever language is commonly used by that OS. With OS X, I could write one as a bash script even. It is fairly hard to gain root on an OS X box without user approval, but one doesn't need root necessarily. Some of the best viruses on Windows infect the user profile and spread through infected documents on the network or get injected into the browser as a plugin, etc.

I'm typing this on a Mac. i do like them, but frankly I never felt invincible. if anything, my laptop is more secure because it dual boots Linux and MidnightBSD and both of those have much less marketshare for desktop use. It's only more secure because no one cares enough to write a virus for it. Mac OS X is now very popular if you count iOS variants. There are a lot of people trained to write Cocoa apps and can now write malware too. On the bright side, there are few viruses so far for OS X compared to Windows.

There are several free antivirus solutions for OS X including Avast, Sophos, etc.

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