A day after the blogosphere noted that Apple has finally admitted Macs need anti-virus software, Apple has pulled a KnowledgeBase article recommending that Mac users install security software. When will Apple finally admit Macs need protection?
As I pointed out in a previous post, Apple: We admit it --- Macs need anti-virus software, an Apple KnowledgeBase article recommended that Mac users use anti-virus software. Here's what it had to say:
Apple encourages the widespread use of multiple antivirus utilities so that virus programmers have more than one application to circumvent, thus making the whole virus writing process more difficult.
It appears that the KnowledgeBase article was, in fact, an old one, and only recently received any publicity. In response, Apple has since pulled the article. Go to it now and you'll get this message:
We can't find the article you're looking for.
An Apple spokesman, in explaining why the article was pulled, had this to say:
The Mac is designed with built-in technologies that provide protection against malicious software and security threats right out of the box. However, since no system can be 100 percent immune from every threat, running antivirus software may offer additional protection.
How's that for being mealy-mouthed? On the one hand, Apple is saying that Macs are secure and don't need additional software. Then in the next sentence, they say anti-virus software can be useful as well.
Apple, once again, is trying to play it too cute when it comes to potential dangers. Any operating system is potentially vulnerable to threats and the sooner Apple admits it, the safer Mac users will be.
This story, "Will Apple Finally Admit Macs Need Protection? " was originally published by Computerworld.