Kaspersky CEO claims Apple is ’10 years behind Microsoft’ on security

“Eugene Kaspersky, CEO and co-founder of security company Kaspersky Lab, believes that Apple is ’10 years behind Microsoft in terms of security,'” Tom Warren reports for The Verge.

“Citing the relative success of the Flashback infections in an interview with CBR, Kaspersky predicts that cyber criminals will progress to create ‘more and more’ malware in the future,” Warren reports. “Apple appears to be heading in the right direction though. Mountain Lion, the company’s upcoming OS X operating system due in summer, includes a new Gatekeeper feature that, by default, restricts applications from running unless they are from the Mac App Store or identified developers. There is an optional switch to enable all apps again, but it’s clear this timely feature is designed to prevent malware from executing.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Gee, an antivirus peddler claims you need to buy antivirus software.


By “10 years behind,” he must mean it’d take at least 10 years for Mac users to catch up to the sheer number of infections – if, of course, they were stuck with a shiteous OS such as Windows XP with its sieve non-security for an entire decade.

Windows is garbage. It spawned an entire market of chicken-little, wolf-crying leeches like Eugene Kaspersky who are constantly looking to gin up new customers. Unfortunately for him, Mac users are smart.

So, as we have for many, many years, we’ll be ignoring this particular AV peddler’s bullshit bid to sell unnecessary, cycle-robbing, performance-hitting, money-wasting software, too.

And, now, without further ado, we’re going to prove a point. Please see related articles below.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]

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  1. Microsoft is 10 years ahead of Apple in security, which explains why Microsoft still has 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 more infections than Apple and why the only fix for a Windows machine when infected is to start over, since you can never fully get stuff off, no matter how good you think you are.

    Yeah. Microsoft is ahead!

    1. I remember reading about a particularly humorous episode when Paul Thurrott got a nasty virus that he couldn’t rid himself of despite doing hours of diagnostic work. He ended up doing what 99% of Windows users have to: a clean reinstall.

      And this is a guy that runs a blog called Windows SuperSite.

  2. I checked my system for the Flashback virus. My system is clean. (I don’t use anti-virus software.) I’m just careful where I browse and what I install.

    I recently went to the website of a food manufacturer whose product I like, looking for coupons. They have coupons, but require one to install a “coupon printer” application. I elected not to, and complained to the manufacturer that customers shouldn’t be required to install “crap-ware” just to print coupons. They sent me some coupons by mail.

  3. “We have to invent the disease — so we can sell the cure.”

    It’s like saying that fish immune systems are millennia behind humans for fighting airborne diseases. I moved to Oklahoma from Massachusetts a few years ago, and shortly thereafter switch to Mac as well. It’s very similar. I live in a rural area, with no police department. Is our town 10 years behind OKC or Boston, because we don’t have the constant din of sirens? No. It’s a different culture here, with people accomplishing more, and enjoying the serenity of their surroundings, and no need for the expense of an unnecessary law enforcement agency. Once in a while, we have a problem that is solved by the Sheriff or the State Police — but it’s very rare.

    That’s pretty much describes how I feel on my Mac.

  4. It’s unfortunate that the topic of computer security discovered in this sort of discourse. Vendors make poor reporters as to the state of the actual problem. Users like to think they’re immune (for whatever ereason). I find that I receive many viruses in email attachments sent or forward by clueless (or innocent) Windows users. To be a good net citizen I run ClamAV and pass my e-mail through it.

    Be vigilant. Security by obscurity is a false prophet.
    Unix, while more robust against attacks, is still targetable by others.

    If only there were a web condom.

      1. Unfortunately, with the latest Flashback trojan it reached a point wasn’t necessary for idiot (or genius) user to give permission.

        It was installing itself without permission.

        A sad state of affairs really… but I still safer using my Mac.

        1. Sheesh! I have got to start using a spellchecker.

          Unfortunately, with the latest Flashback trojan it has reached a point where it isn’t necessary for an idiot (or genius) user to give permission.

          It was installing itself without permission.

          A sad state of affairs really… but I still feel safer using my Mac.

    1. tbone, why do mac users have to clean up the mess that windows users and MS refuse to fix? I understand being a good netizen to a point, but no matter what mac users do, the problem still exists, and is beyond our control.

      Stay MS free. don’t bs me with office word standard crap. Use something else and send PDFs.

  5. Based on my understanding, the flashback malware infected your Mac through a “back door”— a method created by the programmer to get access into a system without logging in or a thing, I think.

    In the workplace, programers are often restricted from creating these back doors, for security reasons. So, it is not like Microsoft’s Windows OS does not have any back doors, is it?

    Anyways, with that out of the way, why did I get more infections with a windows machine than a Mac?

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