Apple '10 years behind Microsoft’ when it comes to security: expert
Apple may be a leader when it comes to the smartphone and tablet realm, but it could be in trouble when it comes to security.
The opinion doesn’t come from just some tech blogger, such as myself. Instead, it comes from the president of web security firm Kaspersky.
Kaspersky said that from a security point of view, there is “no big difference between Mac and Windows.”
He goes on to say that his company is seeing more malware designed to cause trouble with Macs. Not surprising, considering how many Apple computers are being sold. If you’re a virus maker or a scammer, you want to spend time writing code that will actually cause problems.
In the past, hardly anyone had a Mac so it was pointless to make malware for them. But now, you stand a chance at causing some trouble.
The troublemakers have taken notice, like a dog would go after a juicy steak left on the kitchen counter. There have been a few recent security scares for Apple – the most notable being the Flashback outbreak.
If you are a Mac user, it’s more important than ever to keep your software updated and patched, and to use some form of virus and malware protection.
What should Apple do?
Sitting on $100 billion in cash, it might want to consider putting a healthy chunk of that money into security. Otherwise, those virus-proof Apple devices will become a thing of the past.
As Kapersky says: “Welcome to Microsoft's world, Mac. It's full of malware."
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets