Macs are as vulnerable to viruses as Windows

Apple Macs running the Mac OS X operating system are just as vulnerable to viruses and other threats as Windows PCs are. That's according to Symantec software architect Ollie Whitehouse who made the claims in an interview with Tech.co.uk. "Apple has been demonstrated to suffer a number of vulnerabilities over the years," he said. "Suffice […]

Apple Macs running the Mac OS X operating system are just as vulnerable to viruses and other threats as Windows PCs are. That's according to Symantec software architect Ollie Whitehouse who made the claims in an interview with Tech.co.uk.

"Apple has been demonstrated to suffer a number of vulnerabilities over the years," he said. "Suffice to say that Symantec and other software security vendors do produce anti-virus software for the Mac because we believe there is the potential of a problem."

Whitehouse says that there are a few key reasons why the Mac is not targeted very often.

"When you look at the percentage of the desktop market, Apple versus Windows, Apple is very small comparatively. So that's one big reason why Macs are not targeted like PCs are," he said

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He also stressed that it is also partly down to the fact that Mac users tend to be more technically aware, and more canny than PC users.

"I believe in part that historically the user base of Apple products are more technically knowledgeable - they're a bit wiser," he said. "So they're not necessarily as susceptible to the typical confidence tricks and so forth."

But he did predict that as the iPhone raises the profile of Macs among PC users and gains market share, Mac OS X could begin to suffer from similar security issues as experienced by Windows users on a regular basis.

"Over time, as the Mac user base increases they will no doubt become a more tantalising target again. As Microsoft invests vast amounts of cash into trying to secure Windows, people may try to look for soft spots elsewhere, and the second player is Apple.

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