Yep, been hearing that for 10 years or more. One day it just might be true.Pleng wrote:At the end of the day virus makers are going to target MacOS because Apple keep claiming how secure it is.Cing Jai wrote:There are no viruses for Mac and
You can't even get code on an iphone/ipad that isn't checked by Apple unless you jailbreak it and void your warranty. If you use the Mac App Store OS X becomes a similar "walled garden".
A trojan is nothing like a virus. You have to execute it. It tricks the user rather than exploiting a security flaw in the OS or application.
The example you offered, the MacDefender trojan, is as much more a phishing scam than malware because it requires the user to manually download and then deliberately install the offending software (trojan).
Moden browsers, I use Chrome, for OS X are very safe. Each tab is sandboxed in it's own process for goodness sake and Google pushes out updates in a flash if needed. So, there is no need for anti-virus software needed due to the safety built-in to moden web browsers and the Mac OS X architecture.
If / when there is ever a real Mac virus I'm sure it will be big news and there will be a fix. I'm not installing software that runs in the background wasting cpu and slowing my every file I/O task for the first one off virus either.