Apple Macs at risk of viruses and malwareMacs need security software after all, says Apple

03 December 2008

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Apple Mac computers are no longer safe from the dangers of computer viruses, according to an article published on the website of the iPod and Mac maker.

Called Mac OS: Antivirus Utilities, the brief article encourages Apple customers to use a variety of antivirus software in order to confound virus writers. Until now, Macs have remained sheltered from the mass of malicious software (malware) that threatens Windows PCs - largely due to the Unix base of the Mac OS X operating system, according to Apple. Virus writers have also traditionally concentrated their attacks on Windows-based PCs. However, cyber criminals could finally be turning their attention towards the Mac.

'For years Apple has been crowing about the security prowess of its computers compared to Windows PCs, but it looks as if online security threats may have caught up with the Mac maker,' says Which? technology editor Matthew Bath.

'Our advice is for computer users to always use security software to stop hackers, viruses, spyware and malware. Use Which? reviews to find the best security software and lots of good advice on protecting your PC."

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