“A senior executive from a leading security vendor has warned that Apple Macintosh computers pose a potential threat to the security of networks because of their ability to harbour infected files that only attack Microsoft Windows systems and lax security practices from Mac users,” Stan Beer reports for IT Wire. “According to the Asia Pacific marketing director of McAfee, Allan Bell, although security attacks on Mac OS/X systems would become more prevalent, many Macintosh users are not as vigilant as they should be. Lax security practices on Macintosh machines may enable Windows viruses to incubate on their Macintosh hosts and later infect Windows machines on a network.”
“’An issue (Macintosh) users need to be aware of is that in some cases they can be a carrier – effectively a Typhoid Mary,’ said Bell. ‘That is because you can have infected files on the Macintosh that do not infect the Macintosh but at a later date those get transferred across to a Windows machine which they can infect. Macintosh users still need to be scanning for Windows viruses to make sure that they’ve got clean files and don’t have infected files that they can pass on,’” Beer reports. Bell also said, ‘It’s possible to secure and scan all files that are coming across to the Macintosh at the gateway. If you’re running a dual boot system, make sure you’ve got adequate security on the Windows side of that system. It’s just a matter of making sure you are security minded… In the dual boot situation, when they’re booted into the Windows system, they are just as vulnerable to attacks as is the average Windows user.'”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Should Mac users be “good network citizens” and scan for, eliminate, and protect Windows users because Windows obviously cannot protect against attacks? If so, should Mac users pay for that “goodness” in terms of software costs, processor cycles, and problems caused by anti-virus software? These questions are up to each individual user and certainly shouldn’t be answered by someone with a vested interest in selling AV software packages. Ever wonder if the AV companies are getting nervous with Apple on the rise and with Microsoft now horning in on their action? We’re still amazed that Mafiasoft has the nerve to charge a protection fee for their own defective Windows product that they obviously cannot figure out how to protect, but we do know that millions will mindlessly pay them for it anyway. A more profitable scam than “the Windows ecosystem,” the world has never seen.
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