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Apple Security is 10 Years Behind Microsoft, Says Kaspersky

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Ouch. Eugene Kaspersky, founder of the security software firm Kaspersky, accused Apple of having missed the boat on computer security.

Speaking at the Info Security 2012 conference, Kaspersky noted that Apple is "10 years behind Microsoft" as far as software security is concerned. This may come as a surprise to those who watched Apple's 2006 ad that claimed that there were 114,000 known viruses for Windows in 2005, "but not for Macs". It has always been one of Apple's most prominent claims of advantages over Windows that Microsoft-based PCs are just more vulnerable than Macs.

Of course, Apple may have to eat its words as the Apple platform gains popularity and turns into a much more attractive target for hackers. Kaspersky noted that his company is lately seeing an increase in malware: “Cyber criminals have now recognised that Mac is an interesting area,” Kaspersky was quoted in an article published by Forbes. “Now we have more, it’s not just Flashback or Flashfake. Welcome to Microsoft’s world, Mac. It’s full of malware.”

Apple has frequently been cricticized for its inconsistent and rather rare and secretive patch cycle, but Kaspersky believes that the company may be facing the same problems "Microsoft had ten or 12 years ago." He stated that Apple may will "have to make changes in terms of the cycle of updates and so on and will be forced to invest more into their security audits for the software.”

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    -Jackson , April 27, 2012 9:27 AM
    So, am I the only one who burst out laughing when I saw the title?
    And people used to tell me how good Apple's security was.
    Time to gloat at all the Apple fanboys/girls :lol: 
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    whysobluepandabear , April 27, 2012 9:28 AM
    Well duh. We all know Apples low market share has been the gate keeping them safe.

    Why go for the crumbs, when going for the whole pie is so much more......appealing....
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    Anonymous , April 27, 2012 9:58 AM
    That's the difference between "safe" and "secure".

    Macs were never really secure, but they were safe for a time. Now they're neither. Pity.
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  • 38 Hide
    -Jackson , April 27, 2012 9:27 AM
    So, am I the only one who burst out laughing when I saw the title?
    And people used to tell me how good Apple's security was.
    Time to gloat at all the Apple fanboys/girls :lol: 
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    whysobluepandabear , April 27, 2012 9:28 AM
    Well duh. We all know Apples low market share has been the gate keeping them safe.

    Why go for the crumbs, when going for the whole pie is so much more......appealing....
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    enforcer22 , April 27, 2012 9:31 AM
    i hope there is no one this surprises anywhere i would hate to think anyone is stupid enough to think macs were secure in anyway other then number of users and hackers not caring.
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    iceman1992 , April 27, 2012 9:51 AM
    well, duh
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    Anonymous , April 27, 2012 9:58 AM
    That's the difference between "safe" and "secure".

    Macs were never really secure, but they were safe for a time. Now they're neither. Pity.
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    alhanelem , April 27, 2012 10:14 AM
    that picture of the apple logo being a toilet would be an awesome poster to hang on the outside of one of their apple stores.
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    damianrobertjones , April 27, 2012 10:22 AM
    Step 1: Create another user account (I'm assuming that you're using Vista/Windows 7), call it Security
    Step 2: Create a nice password. This will be an administrative account
    Step 3: Turn UAC up to the maximum
    Step 4: Change YOUR user account to a standard account.
    Step 5: Use your account day to day and when you need to change something you'll be prompted for the Security password.

    Other:
    Step 1: Open IE9, click the cog and basically change your Privacy to medium high and change the Pop-up blocker from medium to high. No wonder people get pop-ups!
    Step 2: Disable ALL add-ins other than flash. ie9 will be faster.
    Step 3: Add this to your hosts file to protect your browsing, be it Opera, Firefox, ie9 etc.
    http://someonewhocares.org/hosts/

    Security on Windows is EASY but you'll ALWAYS, always, alllwaysss get that user who'll click on the pop-up from that 'pron' web page.
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    chimera201 , April 27, 2012 10:46 AM
    -JacksonSo, am I the only one who burst out laughing when I saw the title?

    Nope.

    To Apple fanboys: Your system was secure because simply put: hackers weren't interested in your system.
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    rantoc , April 27, 2012 11:13 AM
    chimera201Nope.To Apple fanboys: Your system was secure because simply put: hackers weren't interested in your system.


    Nope.To Apple fanboys: Your system was safe because simply put: hackers weren't interested in your system.

    Fixed it - Macs have _never_ been secure, always hacked first in black hat events and the like, only the small 6% worldwide market-share have made it safer since no one bothered compared to Windows that have 90% of the computer market. Windows still manages to keep it secure enough that most of corporate world have it as the OS of choice, that is telling!
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    halcyon , April 27, 2012 11:23 AM
    molo9000This is just anti virus companies trying to sell their products.Only time will tell how secure or unsecure OS X is.

    While this is most likely true the idea of being on the internet on a computer w/out anti-virus/malware just seems so ignorant that its almost sad. Even for Apple users (and I'm one of them) that are too cheap to use a paid-for product there are decent free ones. ...Windows may indeed be more secure...Microsoft has been doing battle on this front for a long time. If Apple hasn't been as well they need to get with the program. ...and my fellow Mac users that don't think they need anti-virus/anti-malware need to remove their craniums from their rectal cavities...its 2012.
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    del35 , April 27, 2012 11:59 AM
    It would be nice if it were only Apple security that was behind Microsoft. Despite any reservations about Microsoft, this has to be stated. Onother bad thing about Apple is that it makes companies like Microsoft seem like beacons of freedom and open standards. Indeed that is how bad Apple is.
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    leo2kp , April 27, 2012 12:04 PM
    I'm not a big Apple fan, but if they're good at anything, they're good at saving face. I think they will start to dump money in security.
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    halcyon , April 27, 2012 12:06 PM
    leo2kpI'm not a big Apple fan, but if they're good at anything, they're good at saving face. I think they will start to dump money in security.

    ...and that would be a good thing. Wouldn't it be interesting if they actually began to offer the most secure OS? ...as they've purported to do for so long?
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    halcyon , April 27, 2012 12:07 PM
    alhanelemthat picture of the apple logo being a toilet would be an awesome poster to hang on the outside of one of their apple stores.

    If I didn't like Apple products as much as I do that picture would already be my avatar.
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    del35 , April 27, 2012 12:10 PM
    It matters not if Apple is secure. Apple thrives on shine and lies and as as symbol of technological awareness for people who are tecnological reptiles.
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    A Bad Day , April 27, 2012 12:14 PM
    A simple solution:

    Massive advertisement campaign to coverup the break-in reports.
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    mayne92 , April 27, 2012 12:25 PM
    HalcyonWhile this is most likely true the idea of being on the internet on a computer w/out anti-virus/malware just seems so ignorant that its almost sad. Even for Apple users (and I'm one of them) that are too cheap to use a paid-for product there are decent free ones. ...Windows may indeed be more secure...Microsoft has been doing battle on this front for a long time. If Apple hasn't been as well they need to get with the program. ...and my fellow Mac users that don't think they need anti-virus/anti-malware need to remove their craniums from their rectal cavities...its 2012.

    Speak for yourself. I have been using computers for years with no anti-virus or anti-malware installed. Some of us are smart enough to know how to use traditional system monitoring tools without installing such bloatware that works half-the-time.
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