PRESS RELEASE: McAfee, Inc., the global leader in Intrusion Prevention and Security Risk Management, today announced anti-virus support for Intel-based Apple computers. McAfee VirusScan for Mactel 8.0 runs under Apple’s Rosetta emulator to help protect Apple computer users from Macintosh and Windows-based viruses, Trojans and other malicious threats.
According to McAfee Avert Labs, Macintosh platform vulnerabilities have increased more than 228 percent since 2003 due to the rising popularity of Apple’s consumer products, notably the iPod media devices and iTunes media services. While the Mac OS X operating system still remains safer than Windows-based platforms, the rapid growth in critical vulnerabilities has forged the need for a more proactive approach to keep systems secure, especially in heterogeneous work environments. McAfee VirusScan for Mactel is designed to detect, block and clean infected emails and attachments, keeping systems free from these threats.
“The availability of Mac exploit code on the Internet makes it an open target for the same types of malware currently plaguing the Windows world,” said Eric Winsborrow, vice president of product marketing, McAfee, Inc. “As more companies deploy Mac systems running on the Intel platform in mixed environments, the risk of infection will most likely increase. With McAfee VirusScan for Mactel, administrators can deploy systems on the new Mac Intel platform with the assurance that they are steps ahead of future security threats.”
McAfee VirusScan for Mactel utilizes the award-winning McAfee scan engine for complete, on-access virus protection for Macintosh systems, stopping virus and malicious code threats, including hidden threats buried in archives and other compressed file types. The solution is centrally managed by McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator 3.5 and 3.6 (ePO), enabling businesses to manage all of their McAfee security solutions from one central interface, which helps them save time and money, as well as ensure a consistent security policy across all computers.
McAfee VirusScan for Mactel is now available worldwide through McAfee, Inc. and its channel partners. For more information please visit http://www.mcafee.com
MacDailyNews Take: If you visit mcafee.com to buy Mac OS X virus protection after reading this press release, please also visit brooklynbridgeforsale.com and primefloridaswampland.com. For Jobs’ sake, how the heck can they sell a PowerPC application running under Rosetta emulation as supporting Intel-based Macs with a straight face? Do you like being sold something via fear tactics and nonsense sentences? If you want to be a good “network citizen” and keep Windows viruses off your Mac, so they don’t spread to Windows PCs, that’s one thing. Otherwise, you are wasting your money (please see related articles below).
What our own SteveJack wrote back in March works well today, “People are switching to Mac from Windows. Apple’s Mac market share increased over a percentage point in the last year alone, according to Gartner and IDC. That is why Mac OS X’s security is being attacked in dubious articles (weakly, but attacked nonetheless). In fact, over a year ago, I warned about Mac backlash from those interested in protecting their Windows turf. Such backlash will get worse before it gets better. These people and companies aren’t about to let facts get in the way of continuing to fill their pockets with Windows-related profits. Ultimately, these articles mean good things for Apple. It shows that the Mac is gaining and it’s making a lot of people who depend on keeping the masses stuck on Windows very, very nervous.”
For those interested, more crap from McAfee via TechWeb can be found here.
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