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Apple Silently Pulls Claim of “Virus Immunity”

Posted on Thursday, June 28th, 2012 in Culture by Felica Grenda

After the Flashback botnet attack, which was targeted only Mac computers, Apple has removed the statement on their website that the Mac OS isn’t susceptible to viruses.

Apple removed their statement “It doesn’t get PC viruses” and replaced it with “It’s built to be safe.” As well as “Safeguard your data. By doing nothing,” with “Safety. Built in.”

According to Sophos U.S. senior technology consultant Graham Cluley, “this is a sign that Apple is starting to take security seriously.”

“I view the changes in the messages pushed out by their marketing department as some important baby steps. ” He had wrote in a blog entry, “Let’s hope more Apple Mac owners are also learning to take important steps — such as installing anti-virus protection.”

As well as changing their marketing messages, Apple has released a security guide for iOS, and announced last February that OS X 10.8, or Mountain Lion, would include a new feature called Gatekeeper that would limit which applications users can put on their devices.

Cluley isn’t the only expert that strongly feels Apple needs a protection improvement, in an interview with Computerworld Australia, Kaspersky Lab co-founder Eugene Kaspersky said the company “needed to expand time frames for supporting older operating systems.” An example, this year in May Apple ended support for OS X 10.5, or Leopard, when OS X 10.7 was released.

Apple Australia was contacted by Computerworld Australia to add in any comments, but they declined.

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