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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. Team Infecti0n's Avatar
      Team Infecti0n -
      Actually I've done it on XP too. Though Vista I haven't tried, I do hear a lot of errors on Vista so on that I'll agree with you.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      IDK, maybe I'm doin' it wrong. I haven't checked for a conflict with my anti-virus yet. You use a different one, so maybe that's the problem. All the other tips on their site I tried though.
    1. ericwall's Avatar
      ericwall -
      I've been using vista for 1 year .... never had a problem with iTunes

      Ive had a problem with everything else though. lol xD
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      iTunes works fine on my mac
    1. Team Infecti0n's Avatar
      Team Infecti0n -
      Oh, could be but I don't think so. Really what will have you literally invincible to viruses is ESET Smart Security or Kaspersky Internet Security. Also along with Spybot Search & Destroy. Any of those two plus Spybot is immunization...
    1. ericwall's Avatar
      ericwall -
      So far for each of the viruses I got I, restarted the computer and UAC asked me if I wanted to run the virus. lol xD fail
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by Team Infecti0n View Post
      Oh, could be but I don't think so. Really what will have you literally invincible to viruses is ESET Smart Security or Kaspersky Internet Security. Also along with Spybot Search & Destroy. Any of those two plus Spybot is immunization...
      I use S S&D. My computer doesn't have enough RAM to be running more background security features than it already does though. Namely, it has 512MB. AVG's "Resident Shield" feature is pretty cool though. If you try to open something malicious, it warns you then prompts you to delete it. That's definitely enough of a RAM sucker already.
    1. ericwall's Avatar
      ericwall -
      Oh mine has 8 gig of ram
    1. ericwall's Avatar
      ericwall -
      I gotta goto bed. Over here its 10:30. Goodnight!
    1. Team Infecti0n's Avatar
      Team Infecti0n -
      TeaTimer from S S&D uses some RAM. Trade in your AntiVirus for one of the two I mentioned
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Team Infecti0n View Post
      Hopefully Kaspersky makes it's way to Mac!
      You know what your talkin about! Kaspersky FTW!
    1. ericwall's Avatar
      ericwall -
      And btw, I use Avira antivirus. GOODNIGHT!
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by Team Infecti0n View Post
      TeaTimer from S S&D uses some RAM. Trade in your AntiVirus for one of the two I mentioned
      That's why I have it turned off and just use the immunization button . It seems to work just fine for me, after the first scan it never found anything. I'll try ur AV I guess though.
    1. ericwall's Avatar
      ericwall -
      StealthBravo rings a bell ..... Where do I remember him from?
    1. ericwall's Avatar
      ericwall -
      See ya tomorrow, goodnight!
    1. Team Infecti0n's Avatar
      Team Infecti0n -
      Kaspersky has a 30 Day FULL trial. ESET Smart Security too. Try out both. Tell me which you prefer. I personally like Kaspersky and Coolguy742 YEAH! Lol
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Lol Kaspersky is already for Mac I just found out from their site.
    1. Team Infecti0n's Avatar
      Team Infecti0n -
      Wish Really?! O_o I know Windows version is beast. Don't know about the Mac version. Try out the Internet Security 2011 and tell me what you think :$
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      ^ I hate any of those internet security programs..... tried one, one time and said forget that! They can really screw up a computer and a newbie...
    1. Team Infecti0n's Avatar
      Team Infecti0n -
      Kaspersky and ESET are lightweight and efficient. What problems did you have with them?