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BBC warns Mac users of security threat

updated 12:25 pm EST, Mon January 16, 2006

Mac malware plausible

Viruses tailored for Macs are uncommon, but belief of infalibility leaves users exposed to attack, according to a new BBC column. Comprising only about four percent of the personal PC market, Mac users don't prove to be a popular target, as much of the motivation for creating malware is its widespread effect. The first known virus, the against once common illnesses-- it works better when everyone does it. "Any Mac user who believes they are totally safe is being reckless with their files and personal information. What's worse, they are also being reckless with mine."

by MacNN Staff



  1. Gorloth

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Any one who uses a PC has a target on their back if they don't have CPU hogging pop up blockers, spyware filters and virus detectors. Why not speak up about the importance of system backups. I can restore my system in less than 4 minutes with SuperDuper if need be.

  1. ezylstra

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Safer without protection

    Got Symantec? Then you're open to a much more severe exploit that exists. The OS X anti-viruses have caused more stability and data corruption issues than a singe virus outbreak would cause--if there had been one.

  1. bhuot

    Joined: Dec 1969


    we keep bailing them out

    Just don't use Micrososft products. Why should Mac users have to scan viruses they are immune to because MS sell-outs out there continue to cling to their infested PCs. Why should I feel sorry for users I have already warned and who decide not to follow my advice? Why should we have to subsidize Windows users from theiur Total Cost of Ownership. The more we bail out PC users, the longer they will stick with PCs.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Okay, let's see...

    THe very first Virus in the world was on the Apple II (another Apple computer), THEREFORE MACS ARE AT RISK... Run, panic, chaos!!!!

    Yes, the risk exists. Yes, some day it will happen that a Mac virus comes out. All things being considered, PC users and their virus factories (Windows PCs) are a far greater risk to 'my files', than some hypothetical 'risk' from a fictional virus.

    The hyperbole of writers on a slow news day is oftentimes amazing.

  1. fds

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Viruses tailored for Macs

    "Viruses tailored for Macs are uncommon," yeah right.

    Since when is uncommon a synonym for non-existant?

  1. Horsepoo!!!

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ...I'm quakin' in my boots.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I was gonna comment on this artile, but it's just a bunch of worthless blabber! All he's doing is throwing a pie in the face of those "smug" mac users who said that they are safe.

    And in case you didnt want to read the full article, it goes something like this: NO COMPUTER IS 100% SAFE! the end. Everyone be sure to thank him for that updated info!! :P

    Maybe he should focus his attenton on drivers of tank-like SUV's who don't wear their seatbelt. Same f'ing difference!

  1. LordJohnWhorfin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    He has a point.

    OSX is not 100% safe, and viruses can be written for it (and will be when its market share reaches critical mass).

    It is, however, orders of magnitude safer than Windows, and is likely to remain so for quite a while; and that should be the the conclusion of the article, not "no computer is 100% safe".

  1. MacScientist

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: he has a point

    "OSX is not 100% safe, and viruses can be written for it (and will be when its market share reaches critical mass)."

    There is absolutely no scientific proof to support the hypothesis of "security through obscurity." The marketshare argument is just a retread of the w****'s excuse: "I'm not a w****, I'm just popular."

  1. whackjob

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Do we have to read one of these freakin things after every Macworld? I'm not smug, just confident that the odds of me getting a virus are slim, very slim. It's almost as though these columnist are enticing hackers to give it a shot on OSX.

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