Is Mac Security Really 10 Years Behind Windows?

I’m not entirely sure you can trust Kaspersky to make claims about Apple’s security threats. It could easily be considered fear mongering, and an attempt to increase sales volumes of anti-virus software. But let’s be honest, if you can’t ask the industry professionals, who can you ask?

The wrong problem

Apple is actually dealing with a terrible outbreak of a virus. Now they have to deal with a threat of a virus:

Eugene Kaspersky, CEO and co-founder of security company Kaspersky Lab, believes that Apple is “10 years behind Microsoft in terms of security.” Citing the relative success of the Flashback infections in an interview with CBR, Kaspersky predicts that cyber criminals will progress to create “more and more” malware in the future.

Keep in mind, that anti-virus companies have been claiming that the time had ended for Apple’s relatively malware free existence for a long time now.

Apple has made mistakes in their policies, but that doesn’t change the simple fact that Mac OS X is not a target of malware creators.

The right direction

Apple had a great head start. They went a long time without any breakouts – it was an impressive streak.

The future of OS X (Mountain Lion) looks bright. The company hopes to release it in the summer, and the coming Gatekeeper feature will be a powerful tool against malware.

Malware doesn’t just come from new apps, malware authors might be able to take advantage of apps that are already installed on the computer. Gatekeeper alone might not be enough to stop the impending doom predicted by Kaspersky. Quick, disconnect your Mac from the internet.

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Joshua Howland

Joshua is a mobile application developer, entrepreneur, and technology enthusiast. His favorite posts are comparing companies and products. He’s pretty good at predicting what Apple has up its sleeves too. He loves sports and business and talks about them (along with tech) on Twitter (@jkhowland).

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