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Mac OS X Security: Who Says What?

While “no system can be 100% immune from every threat” (quote from Apple), Mac OS X security is in Apple’s DNA. Apple wants you to keep your information as safe as possible, and until the Kaspersky Trojan virus infected about 600,000 Macs, Mac OS X and security were always mentioned together.

Mac OS X Security explained by Apple
Now antivirus software companies have cracked the nut and are trying to bring to the Mac the old Windows experience: “you are not safe!” However, I tend to be skeptical when the malware information report comes from a security company, such as Kaspersky (who said Apple is ten years behind Windows in terms of security), Intergo, or Sophos, because I’m always wondering how many hours the marketing team worked on the press release to make it believable.

The latest information about malware comes from a French security firm—Intego—which discovered a New Mac Trojan horse this week that’s being used to target specific individuals. Intego was quick to name its latest findings with a good name, “Crisis,” and to inform that the Trojan horse virus spies on victims using Mac instant messaging clients, browsers, and Skype.

From Intego’s report: Once on the Mac, Crisis starts to monitor the user’s Adium and MSN Messenger apps, Skype, and Safari and Firefox browsers. The description says that Crisis captures various content, such as audio for Skype and URLs from the browsers. The user’s webcam and microphone become controlled by the Trojan virus, so it can make photos, listen to your conversations, etc. In other words, everything you need to know is that Crisis really means crisis for Mac OS X security.

Now I was curious who this company is, or let’s say companies because Sophos also identified the “same virus” but gave it another name. Turns out, Intego has an antivirus software for sale to boost Mac OS X security. So we have the antivirus company saying that your system is at risk of malware. Yeah. That’s marketing.

My main question was how the software performs; or let’s put it this way: Who is the company crying wolf? This is where things got interesting: Intego’s antivirus software failed to receive the customer feedback the company was after. It’s rated below four stars, with lots of customers complaining about it failing to identify viruses and 99% complaining about slow Mac performance.

In other words: a company that’s antivirus software failed to identify essential viruses has found a critical virus on the Mac. Well, this is kind of funny. I say, let’s sleep on it, and we better use the tools Apple provides.

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