Apple Back off on its Anti-Virus Suggestion for Mac

December 4, 2008

(ChattahBox) — Apple has quietly removed its recommendation from its knowledgebase that suggests that Mac requires anti-virus software. According to the BBC, the article posted on November 21 was an update to a 2007 entry. The company has received a PR nightmare after the article was quietly removed from its website.

“We have removed the KnowledgeBase article because it was old and inaccurate. The Mac is designed with built-in technologies that provide protection against malicious software and security threats right out of the box,” explained Bill Evans, Appleā€™s spokesperson. “However, since no system can be 100% immune from every threat, running antivirus software may offer additional protection,” he added further.

Apple has always re-iterated that Mac was more robust than Windows PCs and safer to use. Their rationale is that the Unix user architecture and security policies in Mac OS X make it inherently much more secure than its Windows counterparts (though not bulletproof) therefore not needing the antivirus protection necessary in PC boxes. Bloggers all over the world have excoriated Apple accusing the company to back off on its anti-virus stance. Apple had subtly claimed that Mac PCs were completely safe from viruses and other malware, even if not completely immune. However, experts had always warned users repeatedly that all operating systems are susceptible to viruses and as Mac gains popularity, it becomes more susceptible to viruses, etc.

Till now Mac users had refrained from opting for memory-eating anti-virus software that their Microsoft counterparts have used religiously. Some Mac users called the whole incident as nothing more than a storm in the teacup and still believe that Mac’s operating system provides adequate protection against threats. Contrary to the ongoing debate regarding the statement, security experts feel that Mac users should startbuying anti-virus software.


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One Response to “Apple Back off on its Anti-Virus Suggestion for Mac”

  1. Mike on December 4th, 2008 6:25 pm

    I’m really surprised that the vast majority of people have never run anti-virus software. I always assume people have the software and just run it every once in a while. I use ClamXAV when I want to scan a file I’ve downloaded or received via email, but I don’t have it set up to continually scan. I read a post today at Mac Guru Lounge on the Top 5 Mac Security Tips for the Holidays, which also talked about running AV software.

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