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  • Mac OS X, iOS at Increased Risk in 2011: Report


    Mac OS X will come under more frequent attack in 2011, according to a prominent security firm. In its 2011 Threat Predictions report, McAfee Labs says that newly popular platforms like Android, iOS and Mac OS X will be targeted by malicious code more than ever before.

    Though ardent Mac OS X supporters (aka fanbois) often tout the platform's history of fewer destructive viruses along with its UNIX roots as signs of its inherent superiority an the area of security, security researchers have found many vulnerabilities in the operating system. In May, the security firm Secunia put Apple at the top of its list of software developers with the most vulnerabilities, ahead of Oracle and Microsoft. And at this year's Pwn2Own, Charlie Miller, an analyst at Baltimore-based Independent Security Evaluators, defeated the security on a MacBook Pro in seconds.

    Mac OS X's main protection has been its relative obscurity when compared to Windows. However, that may now be in jeopardy, ironically as a result of Apple's success with computers: from about 2% usage in 2000, Mac OS X has shot up to over 6% and is poised for further growth. "Historically, the Mac OS platform has remained relatively unscathed by malicious attackers," the McAfee report notes, but predicts that "Mac-targeted malware will continue to increase in sophistication in 2011."

    In addition, the report says, iOS will also be at greater risk in the year to come. "The popularity of iPads and iPhones in business environments, combined with the lack of user understanding of proper security for these devices," will increase the danger. Furthermore, McAfee Labs foresees that "Apple botnets and Trojans" will be "a common occurrence. "

    Source: Computerworld
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Mac OS X, iOS at Increased Risk in 2011: Report started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 103 Comments
    1. DisneyRicky's Avatar
      DisneyRicky -
      There currently any programs that can scan for viruses?
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Never used one of those ones... I hate it when I had to approve almost every webpage I went to all of the time or email etc.. etc...

      Quote Originally Posted by DisneyRicky View Post
      There currently any programs that can scan for viruses?

      free mac antivirus - Google Search

      If people use anti-virus programs for Mac's ClamXav is free and pretty good I have read..
      http://www.clamxav.com/
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by DisneyRicky View Post
      There currently any programs that can scan for viruses?
      There are a few. I mentioned eariler in this thread that a free one is ClamX AV. MacScan scans for malware type stuff but is a paid app.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      It's not like Mac users are using Internet Explorer. It depends on your browser and what sites you are looking at. Asking for money if you ask me...
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeSlayer View Post
      It's not like Mac users are using Internet Explorer. It depends on your browser and what sites you are looking at. Asking for money if you ask me...
      Lol @ the IE part.
      I think that good hackers can plant things anywhere though. Because I've seen totally legit (not warez or stuff like that) sites have viruses for a few days then they're gone. That's not typical hacker behavior to take their tools off their site.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      Lol @ the IE part.
      I think that good hackers can plant things anywhere though. Because I've seen totally legit (not warez or stuff like that) sites have viruses for a few days than they're gone. That's not typical hacker behavior to take their tools off their site.
      I agree, if a hacker is determined he or she will plant it anywhere. Just gotta be smart with your comp, and if you feel like you need protection, get some!
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      Follow the money.....
      AND the amount of users!
    1. gthugballin's Avatar
      gthugballin -
      Quote Originally Posted by jdm.accord View Post
      This "report" might actually carry some weight if it was from an independent analyst or research firm. As it stands, its a business ploy and not worthy of a second thought IMO.

      +1

      hey guys i own a wood shop... just so you know 2011 will be the coldest year.. stock up on your wood now !!!
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      I dont think virus' and stuff will ever be as big an issue in os x as they were (are?) in windows. Im not saying that more virus' wont happen but no Offence Mac users seem to be a bit smarter than most windows users, (I mean we did choose OS X over windows J/K). I think most mac users will protect them selfs if they have not already.

      Quote Originally Posted by DisneyRicky View Post
      There currently any programs that can scan for viruses?
      Yeah they post a few in the post above me but Comodo is coming to mac April 2011, I love comodo I use it on my windows Install.
    1. Team Infecti0n's Avatar
      Team Infecti0n -
      I do tend to see Mac users i bit smarter when surfing the web. Windows users just surf the web and click on a link and press the "X" on an ad where it shows a windows notification lol.. VIRUS
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      i use iAntivirus for Mac. Free and has not let me down yet.

      check it: http://download.cnet.com/iAntiVirus-...-10854561.html
    1. Team Infecti0n's Avatar
      Team Infecti0n -
      Wow and is it a quality one too?
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Team Infecti0n View Post
      Wow and is it a quality one too?
      Are you asking me?
    1. Team Infecti0n's Avatar
      Team Infecti0n -
      No i'm asking my iPhone :P yes you I have a habit not to quote people, like now lol
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      McAfee is junk. It is THE worst protection program out there. This is pure propaganda. When it comes to Windows users, their worst mistake is running in Admin mode which is enabled by default? After all of these years? Jump on a limited account already.
    1. Team Infecti0n's Avatar
      Team Infecti0n -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      McAfee is junk. It is THE worst protection program out there. This is pure propaganda. When it comes to Windows users, their worst mistake is running in Admin mode which is enabled by default? After all of these years? Jump on a limited account already.
      McAfee? Slowed down my computer and turned it into a handicap snail. Uninstalled it quickly and got Kaspersky and now ESET. What do you expect from an AntiVirus made by McDonald's?
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      I don't use an antivirus. I run a browser through virtualization.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Team Infecti0n View Post
      No i'm asking my iPhone :P yes you I have a habit not to quote people, like now lol
      Ok i kinda thought you were talking to me but didnt know...anyways. The above stated iAntivirus it has always worked good for me, but then again how do i really know as i have never found a virus with any virus scan software on my Mac. The link i posted above had a review on there and a lot of people are saying its a resource hog, but i have not noticed and another claimed to have 17 GBs of hard drive space missing and found it under a temp iAntivirus folder. none of that on my end. But i am gonna check out a few other antivirus programs i have found just recently.
    1. Team Infecti0n's Avatar
      Team Infecti0n -
      It might be a mediocre AV but since you're probably careful of what you do online it might not detect anything. Resource hog usually means memory/ram issues, like slowing down your computer btw
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Team Infecti0n View Post
      It might be a mediocre AV but since you're probably careful of what you do online it might not detect anything. Resource hog usually means memory/ram issues, like slowing down your computer btw
      I know what a resource hog is, i gave 2 different user reviews problems. resource hog, and another using up hard drive space. Justsayin.