MISCELLANEOUS

To protect or not to protect?

Apple recommends antivirus, recants

This http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2550 used to be a recent Apple KnowledgeBase article in which some apple employee noted that Apple supports the existence and use of multiple antivirus programs on their platform, as such diversity is useful in mitigating the impact of e-threats.

The article was hastily pulled, but not before world+dog found out about it, courtesy of countless bloggers and news websites. A slightly embarrassed Apple spokesperson took center stage to affirm that “We have removed the KnowledgeBase article because it was old and inaccurate”.

The situation “at the coalface” looks otherwise. In recent months the security community has witnessed a spate of new e-threats targeted at OSX systems, or at their users, to be more precise. These are trojans, that purport to be useful software (such as a key generator in the case of Jahlav.A ) but are actually password stealers or other sorts of malware. These run, of course, only with user permission, but as many years of experience with Windows have taught us, that’s not much of an impediment.

In this light, it would perhaps be best if OSX users seriously considered taking the “old and inaccurate” advice.

About the author

Răzvan STOICA

Razvan Stoica is a journalist turned teacher turned publicist and
technology evangelist. When Bitdefender isn't paying him to bring complex subjects to wide audiences, he enjoys writing fiction, skiing and biking.

Razvan Stoica started off writing for a science monthly and was the chief
editor of a science fiction magazine for a short while before moving on to
the University of Medicine in Bucharest where he lectured on the English
language. Recruited by Bitdefender in 2004 to add zest to the company's
online presence, he has fulfilled a bevy of roles within the company since.

In his current position, he is primarily responsible for the communications and community-building efforts of the Bitdefender research and technology development arm.