Featured Articles

Apple iPad Air 2 costs $275 to build

Apple iPad Air 2 costs $275 to build

IHS has told Recode that the Apple iPad Air 2 16GB Wifi costs only $275 to build -- not bad…

More...
LG sells 16.8 million smartphones in Q3 14

LG sells 16.8 million smartphones in Q3 14

As Samsung is losing market share, another Korean company, which many had written off, is gaining.

More...
LG G Watch R EU price set at €299

LG G Watch R EU price set at €299

LG G Watch R is probably the best looking Android Wear device on the market and many have been waiting for…

More...
Nvidia GTX 970 SLI tested

Nvidia GTX 970 SLI tested

Nvidia recently released two new graphics cards based on its latest Maxwell GPU architecture, with exceptional performance-per-watt. The Geforce GTX 970…

More...
Gainward GTX 970 Phantom previewed

Gainward GTX 970 Phantom previewed

Nvidia has released two new graphics cards based on its latest Maxwell GPU architecture. The Geforce GTX 970 and Geforce GTX…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Thursday, 10 May 2012 13:11

AV companies lick their lips as Apple fans wake up

Written by Nick Farrell



Yes, you really do need a virus checker


It is starting to look like the Flashback virus has woken up Apple fanboys and they are starting to think that they do need to buy anti-virus software. Fanboys have always believed they were invulnerable to viruses because Steve Jobs told them his product was superior. They also tended to get arsy when people suggested that they were not important enough for anyone to want to hack.

But after half a million Macs were hacked by the Flashback virus so quickly it was fairly clear that their faith based security system had no clothes. Now antivirus vendors have been quick to seize the opportunity to bring Mac users into the fold. Flashback has shown that even those  fanboys who do upgrade when they are told can't rely on Apple to save them.  The whole problem, was caused by Apple refusing to update Java at the beginning of the year.

F-Secure, Kaspersky, Symantec, Avast and Bitdefender rushed out free Flashback detection and removal tools which proved more useful than anything that Jobs' Mob could come up with. These free Flashback tools are particularly useful for owners of older Macs who haven't upgraded to newer versions of Mac OS.  Apple has told those customers who keep running their old flavours of software that they should have queue outside the Apple store with the others when Snow Leopard came out and it can't be bothered helping them.

Meanwhile, enterprise security vendor Sophos offers free Mac antivirus software for home users, competing against free offerings such as ClamXav and AVG's LinkScanner.

Nick Farrell

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments