Do You Schadenfreude? I Do!on June 27, 2012 at 4:12 pm
For years, YEARS!, I’ve had Mac users smugly state that “Macs don’t get viruses!” and I had to keep pointing out that was only because no one cared enough to write one. The second, the very second, there were enough Macs online to make it worth the effort to infect them it would be open season. ”Hohoho! You silly PCs users! Bla bla bla”
Gee whiz! I guess I was right.
It’s been one of the key selling points of Macs for years: Computers made by Apple simply don’t get viruses, right? Well, unfortunately, recent computer virus outbreaks (yes, that’s outbreaks with an “S”) have proven Macs to be vulnerable, and as a result, Apple is quietly scrubbing its site of its anti-viral claims.
Formerly, the Apple website featured a section entitled “It doesn’t get PC viruses,” that included the line, “A Mac isn’t susceptible to the thousands of viruses plaguing Windows-based computers.” Now, however, the site section has been changed to simply read “It’s built to be safe,” and touts the built-in defenses the Mac has against viruses
Welcome to the world of scumbag hackers and international data theft. Get yourself a good anti-virus program and back up your sensitive information. It only gets worse from here.