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Windows 7: Kaspersky: Mac security is '10 years behind Microsoft'


28 Apr 2012   #1
A Guy

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Kaspersky: Mac security is '10 years behind Microsoft'

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Forrester's CEO isn't the only one spouting doom and gloom for Apple today.
Now Eugene Kaspersky, the CEO of security firm Kaspersky Lab, says Apple is headed for a rough patch. However, this one's in the world of computer security, and he says Apple is already getting into the thick of it.

Speaking to Computer Business Review at Info Security 2012 show in London this week, Kaspersky said that when it comes to computer security, Apple's Mac platform was a decade behind Microsoft's, and that it's got some things to learn from its rival.
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28 Apr 2012   #2
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

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Apple has, in fact, hardened Mac OS X against attackers in recent years, as well as shown off plans for added protective measures in future versions of the software. The last two major versions of Mac OS X has a built-in malware scanner called XProtect that is able to spot and quarantine known malware. Soon the company will also mandate that apps sold on its App Store will be compliant with new sandboxing rules designed to keep apps from doing any damage to user files, or other parts of the OS.
Apple's also announced Gatekeeper, a technology that will be built into the upcoming release of OS X Mountain Lion, that gives users a way to install only software that's been signed by registered developers.
Ten years behind. I don't think so. It looks like Apple is working the problem as we read this.

Jim
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28 Apr 2012   #3
Skulblaka

Windows 8 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I don't think Apple can just "fix" this issue. They need the experience in having hackers exploit their OS. Hell, they may even need major anti-virus providers to bring their products to Mac.
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29 Apr 2012   #4
Phone Man

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Skulblaka View Post
I don't think Apple can just "fix" this issue. They need the experience in having hackers exploit their OS. Hell, they may even need major anti-virus providers to bring their products to Mac.
Norton has NIS and NAV for Mac and has so for a few years. With all the money Apple has I am sure they can hire as many security experts and they want. Also Kaspersky (their CEO wrote this article) has a AV for Mac.

Jim
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29 Apr 2012   #5
Barman58

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu
 
 

The problem that Apple have is not in the technical side of security, they could easily buy in the expertise.

Where Apple are far behind Microsoft is in the Mind set that they and their users are in. Their whole philosophy appears to be based on the ideology, that the Unix / BSD that their system is built upon, is immune to attack. This myth is so ingrained into the User base, that I believe people inside the company are actually believing their own hype.

Unless the developers start to address this issue soon, at least in admitting that they may be vulnerable, a couple of events like the recent episode, could severely hit their market share.
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30 Apr 2012   #6
Skulblaka

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
The problem that Apple have is not in the technical side of security, they could easily buy in the expertise.

Where Apple are far behind Microsoft is in the Mind set that they and their users are in. Their whole philosophy appears to be based on the ideology, that the Unix / BSD that their system is built upon, is immune to attack. This myth is so ingrained into the User base, that I believe people inside the company are actually believing their own hype.

Unless the developers start to address this issue soon, at least in admitting that they may be vulnerable, a couple of events like the recent episode, could severely hit their market share.
Huh, I didn't think of it that way, well said.
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30 Apr 2012   #7
bigcitycat

Windows Seven, Ubuntu
 
 

The user is the operating systems weakest link. Any os with a dumb or arrogant user can be exploited. The mindset of a big segment of the Mac user base is that they really don't need to worry about security. Because they have been led to believe that. This is going to be a problem for them going forward because targeting their user base is more profitable now with their increase in market share. Windows has gotten a lot stronger because of the attacks against it. Mac fanboys don't like to admit that windows has made huge strides in security. I generally use Ubuntu.
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30 Apr 2012   #8
A Guy

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It's not even that Mac fans think that it's very unlikely they can be infected. It's that many actually believe it can't happen. I know a Mac fanatic who would shoot down every Mac trojan so far as only being possible because the owner clicked on something they shouldn't. Well, DUH, that's how most Windows users get infected as well. His reasoning was that a Windows PC could get infected just by opening a web page (true), whereas a Mac could not. But Windows users also know to have AV that may prevent that.

Whether this will be a wakeup call for users, or they will continue to be oblivious, or deny, is the question. Think about it, I suspect the average income of Mac owners might be higher, and their level of protection lower. What criminal couldn't see the attraction in that formula?

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30 Apr 2012   #9
n0th1n9

Vista HP, Vista Ultimate, XP Pro, Seven Ultimate x2
 
 

Don't forget that Macs are made for people who want things to be extremely simple where not much thought has to be given when operating their machine. In conclusion, I see a lot of PEBCAK errors coming their way. The Mac environment is broadening, and so their immunity is diminishing.
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30 Apr 2012   #10
FuturDreamz

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

And while Windows has been slowly improving and smoothing out flaws.

If Microsoft can pull it off Windows 8 Windows 9 will be the new Mac OS X.
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