IN BRIEF: Apple Admits: Macintosh Computers Not Immune to Viruses

Apple Encourages to Use Antivirus Software

by Anton Shilov
12/02/2008 | 11:20 AM

For experienced end-users it is pretty clear that almost no system is immune to viruses or malware; still, some believe that Macintosh and Linux-based computers are virtually invulnerable. According to Apple itself, Macs do need antivirus software despite of the fact that the company insists about lower vulnerability of its systems.

 

“Apple encourages the widespread use of multiple antivirus utilities so that virus programmers have more than one application to circumvent, thus making the whole virus writing process more difficult,” an entry in Apple’s “Get a Mac” FAQ stated, reports Washington Post.

Apple reportedly recommended three security apps, including Intego VirusBarrier X5, Symantec Norton Anti-Virus 11 for Macintosh, and McAfee VirusScan for Mac.

By press time Apple has removed the appropriate entry from the web-site. Nevertheless, the company does admit that its Macs can be infected.

“While no computer connected to the Internet is 100% immune to viruses and spyware, the Mac is built on a solid UNIX foundation and designed with security in mind,” another entry reads.

Obviously, Apple Macintosh computers – which command a tiny market share globally – are more immune for viruses compared to Windows-based desktops, but as the popularity of Macs grows, more malicious software for the systems will be created.