Apple Recommends Immunization of OS X

December 2nd, 2008 at 12:00 am

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One of the best selling points of the Mac a few years back was its virtually immune nature to viruses.  And as the population of Macs increased, that immunity to malicious software has greatly depreciated.  Today, Apple recommends the use of Anti-Virus software for the Mac OS X.

"Apple encourages the widespread use of multiple anti-virus utilities so that virus programmers have more than one application to circumvent, thus making the whole virus writing process more difficult." [Apple Support]

Apparently the Mac’s immunity to viruses are long gone.  With that, Apple’s ability to mock Windows’ susceptibility to virus and attacks  is also down the drain.    

The recommendation for the use of multiple Anti-Virus suites is the result of Microsoft’s experience with viruses.  There are already quite a few viruses that are smart enough to look for defense mechanisms in the most popular anti-virus software and disable them or go around them.  So the recommendation of using multiple defenses is simple a matter of confusing virus programmers on what to look for.

Apple currently recommends Intego’s VirusBarrier X5, McAfee’s VirusScan for Mac, and Symantec’s Norton Anti-Virus 11.  Interestingly, Apple still has not come up with their own anti-virus band and are now relying on third party "contractors" for protection.