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Apple seeds Mac antivirus market

by Scott Bicheno on 2 December 2008, 14:44

Tags: Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), McAfee (NASDAQ:INTC)

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It looks like the days of Mac users not having to worry about viruses and assorted other cyber-smelliness are over as even Apple itself is saying it's time for them to protect themselves.

The short post made on 21st November on Apple's support site reads more like a sales pitch in which Apple advises users to buy Symantec's Mac security product or one made by Mac security specialist Intego (which has apparently been in business since 1997), by going to the Apple Store, which it helpfully hyperlinks to.

Apple also mentions McAfee, which you can't buy through the Apple Store, presumably just to prove it's not just trying to drive business to its partners through its own store. This could mean a new revenue stream for the channel.

There's no mention of any specific new threats that have prompted Apple to urge Mac users to go on this security software spending spree, but as the Mac has grown in popularity it's not unreasonable to assume that cyber-scoundrels might consider the Mac to now be a viable target, where in the past they might not have bothered.

Here's a screenshot of the advert support bulletin:



We would like to hear from any Mac Users who have encountered security threats or any that still feel there's no need for security software on Macs. Let us know in the HEXUS.community.


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So what exactly happened to…?
So what exactly happened to…?

Simple. All apple adverts in the past years have been full of ****, yet suckers still believe it.
a tool can be open to abuse?

who would of thought it. Of course its not true.

As OS X increases in popularity, people will figure out vulnerabilities. It's bound to happen sooner or later … a zero-day vuln that someone exploits…

I purchased a Mac for exactly the reason that it's safer than Windows … not because it is 100% safe. But I did believe at that time that I wouldnt need antivirus…

Sucks !