Apple Recommends Antivirus

Apple recently updated their web site this week to post information recommending Apple users have multiple Antivirus software installed on their machines. While there is some debate as to whether this is new guidance or not, it appears that the Apple computers may not be impervious to viruses and malware after all.

In a flurry of articles this week discussing Apple's recommendation for Antivirus, an author rushed to Apple's defense saying this was not new information. From querying Apple's web site for "antivirus", the top resultant page match is a download for "ProtectMac AntiVirus 1.0" which is included in a list of ten different products added to "Networking & Security" since 11/13/2008.

Mac OS has slowly been gaining in online market share, and with the addition of the iPhone, they are getting almost 10% according to figures in the article "Apple Recommends Antivirus Software For Mac OS X" by Thomas Claburn which ran on December 2, 2008 in InformationWeek. With more Apple applications crossing platforms onto Windows machines, there is more visibility and likelihood that malware and virus authors may take notice and interest.

Looks like the days of Apple's advertising campaigns touting no need for Antivirus may be coming to an end.


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