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#1
I sure would like to know why people are voting this cold... Once again we see everyone following the HUKD request of "explain your cold vote".

Perhaps too many Mac users who still believe they are immune to viruses? Or too many Windows users voting cold on anything that is to do with Mac? In what way is 6 months of a 'good' paid product for free, anything less than a gold plated bargain?

Edited By: dlee1 on Jul 17, 2014 14:32
#2
Stuff like this does more harm than good. Annoying notifications, slows you down. I can't be arsed.
#3
Anti virus isn't really required on a Mac the OS is pretty much watertight by default.
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thom_horne
Anti virus isn't really required on a Mac the OS is pretty much watertight by default.

Someone else with the delusion that the Mac OS is secure. Which is why people need to learn that it is absurdly insecure. Year after year vulnerabilities in Mac OSX are demonstrated.

2008, Mac hacked in under 2 minutes at PWN2OWN. 2009 - hacked in 10 seconds! 2011 a French team were able to run code on a Mac within 5 seconds of starting their attempt.

2014, a Chinese group showed that they could circumvent the Mac's sandbox mode and execute code via (yet another) flaw in Safari. A Google team demonstrated an exploit that enabled them to launch Calculator with ROOT privileges.

Apple's old catchphrase "Security through Obscurity" summed up the premise of security on the Mac platform. People don't need to worry, because everything is hid in layers of obscurity and no one will bother trying to understand it. Which is why, the Safari browser seems to have more exploits and holes in it than Internet Explorer ever had. Interestingly Apple do not claim (as they used to up until about 2012) that Mac's don't get viruses now.

2012 - Flashback infects over 600,000 Mac computers.
Apple responded to this with OSX Mountain Lion and the inclusion of "Gatekeeper"
2013 - Pint-Sized demonstrates that it can circumvent Gatekeeper.

Mac Anti-Virus packages also protect against malware attacks, as well as trojan viruses and full blown viruses.

But it does prove my point, that this is getting voted cold because Mac users are so detached from the reality of their equipment, that they actually believe that it is secure. To be clear - anyone who thinks their Mac can't get a virus is very much mistaken - though, I think a five letter word starting with the letter "I" would be more appropriate.
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dlee1
thom_horne
Anti virus isn't really required on a Mac the OS is pretty much watertight by default.

Someone else with the delusion that the Mac OS is secure. Which is why people need to learn that it is absurdly insecure. Year after year vulnerabilities in Mac OSX are demonstrated.

2008, Mac hacked in under 2 minutes at PWN2OWN. 2009 - hacked in 10 seconds! 2011 a French team were able to run code on a Mac within 5 seconds of starting their attempt.



2014, a Chinese group showed that they could circumvent the Mac's sandbox mode and execute code via (yet another) flaw in Safari. A Google team demonstrated an exploit that enabled them to launch Calculator with ROOT privileges.

Apple's old catchphrase "Security through Obscurity" summed up the premise of security on the Mac platform. People don't need to worry, because everything is hid in layers of obscurity and no one will bother trying to understand it. Which is why, the Safari browser seems to have more exploits and holes in it than Internet Explorer ever had. Interestingly Apple do not claim (as they used to up until about 2012) that Mac's don't get viruses now.

2012 - Flashback infects over 600,000 Mac computers.
Apple responded to this with OSX Mountain Lion and the inclusion of "Gatekeeper"
2013 - Pint-Sized demonstrates that it can circumvent Gatekeeper.

Mac Anti-Virus packages also protect against malware attacks, as well as trojan viruses and full blown viruses.

But it does prove my point, that this is getting voted cold because Mac users are so detached from the reality of their equipment, that they actually believe that it is secure. To be clear - anyone who thinks their Mac can't get a virus is very much mistaken - though, I think a five letter word starting with the letter "I" would be more appropriate.

From the small amount of examples you can find, the real reason you won't need this is because Apple will probably have patched the problem before any company adds it to an AV list to scan for it. Eventually the sheer amount produced over time will need a simple file match check (what AV does) as patches will take longer to produce and test but I wouldn't say it's at that point yet.

Auto updates being added into the App Store could point to Apple knowing it's gonna get worse though, I'm sure Apple will 'invent' AV when that point comes...

Edited By: AlanClarke on Jul 18, 2014 13:57
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AlanClarke

From the small amount of examples you can find, the real reason you won't need this is because Apple will probably have patched the problem before any company adds it to an AV list to scan for it. Eventually the sheer amount produced over time will need a simple file match check (what AV does) as patches will take longer to produce and test but I wouldn't say it's at that point yet.

Auto updates being added into the App Store could point to Apple knowing it's gonna get worse though, I'm sure Apple will 'invent' AV when that point comes...

Another deluded member of the Apple family. Funny that you think Apple find these things before the various security companies - especially given Apple's history of completely ignoring warnings of exploits that they are sent. It is also funny that Apple demonstrates more ability to admit to their major vulnerabilities than their users do. A quick look through their Mac OSX support pages shows that the Apple faithful remain in denial whilst Apple themselves are now openly publishing information about exploits and malicious software.

This year marks 10 years of malware that has been written specifically for Mac OSX. Sure, Windows has more malicious software - with 200,000 (approximately) new malicious programs being released daily. But then the Windows family of OSes make up over 90% of all desktops in use. Mac OSx accounts for a little over 7%. So there isn't much call for OSx exploits - but that doesn't stop them being written and released. And then there all the adware programs that are distributed over the Mac userbase, who are just as susceptible to installing it as Windows users. Perhaps more-so because of the ignorance that surrounds malicious software in the Mac community.

Edited By: dlee1 on Jul 18, 2014 17:37

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