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Macs get spyware. Surprised? I’m not.

27 January, 2009 (16:44) | Mindless Blather

It isn’t really a question of IF a mac can get owned but instead it is a big when question. The story I read on Yahoo about some spyware installed on macs through a torrented iWork file show that social engineering works on any OS. Most of the Windows problems I see are from socially engineered exploits. I can’t remember the last time a saw an honest to goodness worm or virus on a computer I’ve been exposed to. Patching fixes that. Stupid users can’t really be patched.

http://www.viruslist.com/en/weblog?weblogid=208187626

http://www.macnn.com/articles/09/01/26/mac.trojan.hits.photoshop/

Is it time to get antispyware for your mac? I’m not, and I’m not recommending it quite yet. For now, just don’t be a moron and pirate software you don’t know how to check for badness. Later on when mac gains even more market share it will become a necessity.  For now you can be proud of your security through obscurity. If you want a really secure system run BSD. Don’t expect fluff and consumer happiness.

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