Apple’s quietly changed the wording on its site regarding OSX’s virus protection a tad. Looks like Apple’s hand was forced by the embarrassing Flashback botnet attack last month and its tardy response. Macs aren’t quite as invulnerable as Apple used to boast.
The site originally said, ”It doesn’t get PC viruses,” but now just says, “It’s built to be safe”. Apple also changed the sentence, “Safeguard your data. By doing nothing” to “Safety. Built in.” It’s been long presumed that an increase in Mac sales and therefore market share, would create a more appealing target to hackers. It seems Apple’s now suffering for its growing popularity.
The change to its claims of OSX virus invulnerability is hopefully a sign that Apple’s finally taking the Mac malware threat seriously, but many users are wary of the companies threat response. OSX’s upcoming update, Mountain Lion, will include a new feature called Gatekeeper as well as other beefed up security provisions, but it’s a trade off between user freedom and a move towards an iOS-style vice-like grip over what you can and can’t install.
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