Here’s a good CNET article on the adjustment Apple made recently to their public statement regarding OS X and malware…
As I mentioned in a previous post, Apple has previously indicated that Mac users didn’t have to worry about viruses and implied that this was due to some basic invulnerability within the operating system. They have wisely started to back off of that position but may not have really gone far enough just yet.
Where they once used to say that:
“A Macisn’t susceptible to the thousands of viruses plaguing Windows-based computers”
a statement which is misleading since Macs are, in fact, vulnerable to other malware (albeit many fewer instances). Now the wording is:
“Built-in defenses in OS X keep you safe from unknowingly downloading malicious software.”
This is better but still leaves the impression that Macs are inherently safe, which they aren’t. In fact, no computer is.
As long as software contains bugs, a certain percentage of those bugs will be security-related and someone is bound to eventually discover these vulnerabilities and try to exploit them.
That was true then and it’s true now and it always will be regardless of which OS you choose to use.
And in other news, water is still wet …