Apple Recommends Antivirus Software

Apple has issued a technical note about Mac antivirus software, and, for the first time, suggests that Macs need such software. The note says: "Apple encourages the widespread use of multiple antivirus utilities so that virus programmers have more than one application to circumvent, thus making the whole virus writing process more difficult." The note then goes on to mention three antivirus programs, with Intego VirusBarrier X5 listed first.

It is worth noting this, since Apple, especially in its recent "Get a Mac" ads, has always publicly tried to ignore the threat of malware to Macs, as well as other security issues. We can only applaud the fact that Apple has chosen to recognize that Macs face security risks and that they require protection.

News source: blog.intego.com

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Well thank you Captain Obvious. Geesh, if anyone ever thought a Mac didnt need antivirus is a moron...or an ill informed moron. Either way they are a idiot and if their Mac gets infected, I have no sympathy. Its common sense people. Yea, Macs dont get a lot of crap thrown their way but a lot of people will be caught with their pants down if they are not careful.

If you don't mind me asking...

With what will their Mac get infected with? I don't know of any virus in the wild.

You say there isn't "a lot of crap". I guess "zero" qualifies as not a lot, eh?

markjensen said,
If you don't mind me asking...

With what will their Mac get infected with? I don't know of any virus in the wild.

You say there isn't "a lot of crap". I guess "zero" qualifies as not a lot, eh?

There have been viruses and attacks on Macs before...do a Google search if you cannot remember. But its common sense to have protection just in case. I have flood insurance on my house and I live in a desert. Will my house ever flood? Probably not but then again who knows when a water main or pipe in my house will break and cause flooding. The insurance is there just in case.

People are putting blind faith in Apple assuming that their OS will always be safe and secure. This kind of ignorance is what gets people in trouble.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/06/25/mac_exposure/ :P This article was from June of this year so it is happening, just not very much. But I am willing to bet we will be seeing more and more attacks on Macs in the near future

Ever since I had an anomaly on my Mac, (see This Link), I have had iAntivirus installed on my system. Of course it comes back as clean, but ever since somehow it was trying to command into the net, I have not thought twice about running something like this. Plus it also scans Windows files if you happen to run in virtualization or download on mac, then drag/drop to your bootcamp partition for later use.

Yeah, I'm gonna run out and install anti-virus software on my iMac to protect myself from the ZERO viruses out there.

Galley said,
Yeah, I'm gonna run out and install anti-virus software on my iMac to protect myself from the ZERO viruses out there.

You are one of the people are going to be screwed if anything does happen...and it will...just a matter of time.

I dont get internet attacks on my home PC at all. Doesnt mean I don have a firewall in place just in case something does happen. I also dont get spyware/viruses on my PCs at all...although I still have protection.

I applaud Apple for their diligance in making the recommendation BEFORE viruses become a big problem for the fast-emerging mac platform. Good work

GreyWolfSC said,
How? Apple does not produce or market an antivirus solution.

Maybe you didn't actually click on the links on the Apple page? It links right to the Apple store, where you can purchase these fine products from Apple! :P

Franzon, when you get your news "source" from a blog, it is just some ordinary schmuck that may not know how to investigate properly.

Apple has recommended AV for a while with that bulletin. That bulletin wasn't recently created "for the first time", but has been around for a while. Here is a google cache from July: http://74.125.45.132/search?q=cache:TB9FIG...;cd=1&gl=us

Not sure how long that bulletin has been there. But I doubt the blogger source would be inclined to look it up.

Just to clarify, yes, it is good that Apple recommends this. But no, it is not an epiphany that they just now had.


EDIT: Apple doesn't seem to have any way to view document revisions, so that google archive was as far back as I could see in 10 minutes of looking. Would be nice to see the initial release date.