“Is the sky falling in on our smug little Mac universe? On Tuesday, there was news of a security hole in Apple’s Safari web browser that allows a system to be compromised by merely visiting a website. And last week, the first worm to pose a serious threat to Mac OS X, Leap-A or Oompa Loompa, raised its ugly little head,” Leander Kahney writes for Wired News.
“I’m not going to be running any anti-virus software anytime soon, just as I haven’t run it for many years,” Kahney writes. “Also, I’m not going to turn off any preferences that make my daily computing habits any less convenient (the browser takeover is protected against by disabling the ‘Open safe files after downloading’ preference in Safari). The smuggest of smug Mac users is right: the platform is more secure, and these new security threats are no more threatening that a paraplegic kitten.”
“These Mac security holes are a storm in a teacup. They’ve inspired hundreds of stories in the press and even the national network news, but if they were Windows holes, no one would have blinked. That’s because holes in Windows are routine, business as usual, while it now appears the Mac is under attack thanks to Apple’s brand-new high profile. But this isn’t the case,” Kahney writes. “Last month, there were four ‘massive’ virus attacks on Windows, according to Commtouch, an antispam and antivirus vendor. Indeed, viruses are now so aggressive, they routinely outpace attempts by antivirus companies to distribute protective signatures. This state of affairs is now so common, I hadn’t noticed — and I work for a technology news site.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews reader “Judge Bork” for the link.]
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