Help, Guides, and News on making the Switch To Apple Macintosh Computers
Apple has issued a support article titled 'Mac OS: Antivirus utilities' in which they recommend the use of antivirus software on Mac OS. Here's what Apple states:
"Apple encourages the widespread use of multiple antivirus utilities so that virus programmers have more than one application to circumvent, thus making the whole virus writing process more difficult."The note then goes on to mention three antivirus programs including Intego VirusBarrier X5, Symantec Norton Anti-Virus 11 for Macintosh, and McAfee VirusScan for Mac.
In April, we posted an article titled 'Apple endorses anitvirus and security software on Macs' after we noticed that Apple posted their recommendation on their 'Get a Mac' site. Apple then removed that information from the site but you can view it at the Internet Archive.
Why the Recommendation?
In Apple's successful 'Get a Mac' advertising campaign, the firm has made the point that Macs don't suffer from the widespread virus and malware issues that plague the Windows operating system. One must now question why Apple is encouraging the use of 'Antivirus utilities'. Perhaps it's an acknowledgment that no platform is 100% safe and that computer users must take action to protect their systems, including Macs. What's your take?
You can read the Apple Support Article: HT2550 here.
Update - Apple's Virus Utility Stance
In 2008 Apple encouraged Mac users to install virus and security software on Macs. The page on which the recommendation was made no longer exists on Apple's web site but the page can be viewed at the Internet archive as indicated above. Scroll down and look for the following statement at the very bottom of the page:
"A Mac running with factory settings will protect you from viruses much better than a PC, but it's never a bad idea to run extra virus and security software."Apple used to have an Apple Support Article referenced above and it was most recently updated on November 21, 2008 but that too has been removed. You can view a copy of the document here.