A little over a week ago, Apple posted an update to a previously published support document which recommends the use of virus protection for Mac OS X. This document updates a previously published Apple support document which recommended virus protection. It was published in June 2007.
What’s interesting (but certainly not surprising) is the incredible sound of hyperventilation being generated by PC tech writers proclaiming the revelation that Apple Computer has finally (FINALLY!) admitted that Mac OS X is not immune to malware. Some of these pundits have even gone so far as to gleefully claim OS X is as unsecure as Windows. Wow! Does misery crave company or what!
Case in point is a CNET article published yesterday addressing the topic with the opening line of “In what appears to be a first, Apple is recommending that Mac users install antivirus software.”
Really? Just out of the blue? A first? What about the June 2007 support document? If the CNET so called “Tech Writer” would have done just a bit of research…..
I do not run nor do I recommend virus protection for OS X. If you wish to purchase and run it, Apple offers a few choices in the support document. I have attached both the latest document and the original from 2007 for your viewing pleasure:
UPDATE: Apple has since removed this Support Document from its website
Updated Support Document:
Mac OS: Antivirus utilities
Last Modified: November 21, 2008
Old Article: 4454
Learn about antivirus utilities available for the Mac OS.
Consumer Software, Mac OS
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. Here are some available antivirus utilities:
Intego VirusBarrier X5, available from the Apple Online Store
Symantec Norton Anti-Virus 11 for Macintosh, available from the Apple Online Store
McAfee VirusScan for Mac
Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute Apple’s recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.
Original Support Document:
Mac OS: Antivirus Utilities
Last Modified on: June 08, 2007
This article describes the antivirus utilities that are available for the Mac OS.
Apple encourages the widespread use of multiple antivirus utilities so that virus programmers have more than one program to circumvent, thus making the whole virus writing process more difficult. Here are some of the available antivirus utilities:
Intego VirusBarrier X4
Norton Anti-Virus for Macintosh (formerly SAM)
This article provides information about a non-Apple product. Apple, Inc. is not responsible for its content. Please contact the vendor for additional information.