• Apple quietly stops touting the fact that it has a virus-free platform

    It's been one of the key selling points of Macs for years: Computers made by Apple simply don't get viruses, right? Well, unfortunately, recent computer virus outbreaks (yes, that's outbreaks with an "S") have proven Macs to be vulnerable, and as a result, Apple is quietly scrubbing its site of its anti-viral claims.

    Formerly, the Apple website featured a section entitled "It doesn't get PC viruses," that included the line, "A Mac isn't susceptible to the thousands of viruses plaguing Windows-based computers." Now, however, the site section has been changed to simply read "It's built to be safe," and touts the built-in defenses the Mac has against viruses.

    It seems somewhat obvious that the Flashback virus that targeted the OS X operating system was the final straw for the Apple marketing department, but certainly, it isn't the only problem facing Macs and Mac users. According to computer security company Sophos, nearly one in five Macs are infected with Windows malware, even if the unwanted code has no effect on the computers' performances.

    Comments 6 Comments
    1. naek's Avatar
      naek -
      there is no such a thing like a virus-free OS. That would mean that the OS wouldn't run any programs because a virus is a program or it would have paranoicly restrictive security levels. Windows has more viruses pecaus it is a more popular OS in combination with a fact that it is more susceptible to viruses.
    1. mjmacky's Avatar
      mjmacky -
      Open for comments
    1. Saborsoul's Avatar
      Saborsoul -
      I'd like it to be true
      But my mac has been stable for so long it might break the monotony. Seriously we have intel in our macs now, so it's inevitable.
    1. naek's Avatar
      naek -
      It doesn't matter it's intel or something else. As I said, if a sysstem is able to run programs, it's already possible to have viruses.
    1. Cabalo's Avatar
      Cabalo -
      Funny I'm running windows 7 and haven't been ever infected by virus or other kinds of malware.
    1. luv2blze's Avatar
      luv2blze -
      I have a 2 Windows 7 machine, 1 XP machine and 2 Linux boxes, one running pinguy, the other on Ubuntu. I have no AV or anti-malware/spyware and NEVER got a virus regardless of where I go. Porn sites or not. Apple just takes advantage of people's ignorance.