The hard truth about Mac security
In MF285 you advised Martin Tuck he doesn’t need security software. For someone writing for an international magazine to be naïve and blinkered enough to believe security software isn’t needed is utterly deplorable.
Macs are just as prone to attacks from viruses, malware and security holes as PCs. Have you forgotten the recently exploited NTP, OpenSSL, WebKit, RSA (FREAK) and numerous others? How about the increasingly large number of malicious viruses and malware being developed and deployed for OS X? Security is NOT sticking one’s head in the sand! Stuart Clark
It’s definitely good to be vigilant about security for our Macs. However, thirdparty security software wouldn’t have protected OS X from any of those vulnerabilities you mention. All of them were security flaws discovered by researchers and patched soon afterwards by Apple.
Kaspersky or Norton Antivirus can’t provide any extra security there. And I’m not aware of any OS X viruses that are actually present out there ‘in the wild’ – just some proof-of-concept viruses developed by researchers.
Since Snow Leopard, OS X has had its own built-in malware scanner that already checks file downloads against a database of known trojans and malware. I have yet to be persuaded that any third-party security software adds any real benefit for a Mac user. I’m open minded though, and if the situation changes, I’ll certainly discuss it here.
OS X wasn’t affected by the Heartbleed bug because Apple had already replaced the vulnerable OpenSSL library.