Why Symantec’s ‘scare tactics’ don’t worry Mac users

“Security vendor Symantec has once again pointed the knife at Apple Macintosh users,” Fran Foo reports for ZDNet Australia. “Symantec’s latest Internet Security Threat Report continues to voice concern for the security and stability of the Mac operating system, OS X in particular. The publication covered findings for the first half of 2005.”

“‘An ever-increasing number of users are adopting OS X. Many of these users believe that this operating system and the applications that run on it are immune to traditional security concerns. However, as evidence suggests, increasingly they may be operating under a false sense of security,’ the report stated,” Foo reports. “What exactly was the supporting and undisputed evidence? A SecurityFocus page that aggregates 78 entries of OS X flaws starting from version 10 (circa 2001) onwards. Compare this to Windows … well, where would you start? OK, I hear your … it’s not an apples to apples comparison.”

Foo reports, “SecurityFocus describes itself as a vendor-neutral site that provides objective, timely and comprehensive security information to all members of the security community. Oh, and by the way, SecurityFocus was acquired by Symantec in 2002.”

“There’s not doubt that Mac users believe they operate on a superior platform — when you pay for a BMW, you expect a luxury car, not a scooter — but to allude that OS X customers are living in a world of fantasy is fancy on any vendors’ part. If Symantec or anyone else hopes to ‘educate’ Mac users on security, here’s a word of advice: don’t go it alone; speak to Apple and let the voices at Apple carry the message,” Foo writes. “Antivirus makers like Sophos and Symantec have thrived under the auspices of Microsoft — the vulnerability of Windows and related products have helped create and sustain these companies. Isn’t it blindingly obvious why Mac users are immune to the ‘advice’ from these players?”

Full article here.

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16 Comments

  1. My take. Too long to post:
    http://tinyurl.com/d94g4

    Without the mechanisms for malware to perpetuate by itself without interaction from the user, these industries will die out. No software that anyone could ever write will save a dummy from being helped into screwing up their machine-Mac or Windows. It’s time for people to realize that if you spend a few more bux in the beginning on a Mac you will see better value over the life of the machine.

  2. Guys! Guys! You don’t understand!! This is serious!! It’s just a matter of time before we are hit with viruses, spyware, malware, etc. Let’s thank Symantec for saving the day!! I wish the programmers at Apple would have been more on the ball when writing the OS.

  3. Let me get this straight…

    First, a couple of years ago, Symantec decides not to develop Mac products anymore (hence the Vrex with .Mac accounts).
    But wait…. marketshare is increasing. Even John Dvorak (via TWiT podcast) states that Mac marketshare will go up to 10%…then 20%.

    Now all the sudden there are vulnerabilities?

    curious….

  4. zupchuck, you racist pig – Did you even read the linked article? You would have seen that the author, Fran Foo, had her picture at the top of the article, and she has a distinctly Asian appearance.

    What kind of name is zupchuck? It suggest to me that your father mated with a groundhog, as no human female was attracted to him and you were the result!

  5. To “zupchuck is a racist”,

    Stuff it where the sun don’t shine. The last name “Foo” was apt because Symantec is pretty foobar on OS X virus positions.

    To call me racist when you have no idea of my racial background shows complete ignorace akin to racism itself.

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