Apple Is A Decade Behind Microsoft When It Comes To Security Says Kaspersky

I hope the fanbois are listening. OS X which they tout is so much better from a security standpoint than Windows isn’t as secure as they think it is. At least that’s what Eugene Kaspersky who is the top guy at Kaspersky says:

“I think they are ten years behind Microsoft in terms of security,” Kaspersky told CBR. “For many years I’ve been saying that from a security point of view there is no big difference between Mac and Windows. It’s always been possible to develop Mac malware, but this one was a bit different. For example it was asking questions about being installed on the system and, using vulnerabilities, it was able to get to the user mode without any alarms.”

Oh and here’s the killer statement:

“Apple is now entering the same world as Microsoft has been in for more than 10 years: updates, security patches and so on,” he added. “We now expect to see more and more because cyber criminals learn from success and this was the first successful one.”

I guess that the fanbois will have to run out and get Anti-Virus software. They can choose from the list that I’ve complied to protect themselves. But the message really is that Apple has to get serious about security. To be fair, Mountain Lion the next version of OS X due out this summer does step things up on the security front. But I’ve been saying for a while that they need to do more. Otherwise, all the gains that they’ve been making will be for naught.

Oh while I’m at it, I’ll also mention that security software company Symantec says that Flashback infections have dropped from half a million infected Macs to a mere 140,000 or so. That shows that there are at least 140,000 users who really have to get their act together on the security front. I guess they’re either unaware that they’re infected, or they’re in denial. Not a good place to be if you ask me.

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