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Apple doesn't offer its customers free security protections like Microsoft, so Sophos is offering them instead.  (Source: YouTube/Apple)

Sophos' antivirus protects Mac users from many common threats.  (Source: Sophos/YouTube)
AV company steps up to the plate when Apple refuses to provide its users equivalent protections to Microsoft's

Sophos is offering Mac users a great deal.  As Apple has thus far refused to protect its users with free antivirus software, Sophos is stepping up to the plate, launching Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition for Macs which will protect Mac users against "today’s and tomorrow’s Mac threats".

For all Apple's years of "Get a Mac" ads belittle the "virus"-plagued PC, it is Macs today that are relatively unguarded.  While their tiny market share has protected them in the past, a growing number of cross platform attacks are letting Mac users get infected, just like your average PC.

But the key difference is where Microsoft is very keen on protecting its users, offering free antivirus software (Microsoft Security Essentials) for Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7; one of the internet's best online vulnerability databases (Knowledge Base); and a wealth of malware removal tools.

Apple, by contrast, doesn't seem very concerned at all about safeguarding its loyal customers.  It has a glacial patching time and has basically pretended that Mac viruses don't exist, which has led many of its loyal fans to do likewise. 

But Mac viruses do indeed exist in the wild as some users can attest, and they are growing in number.  After all coding for the Mac is not inherently different from coding Windows apps -- and many security researchers argue that Apple's OS-level security is actually weaker than Windows'.

Apple has quietly advised its users to get an antivirus program, but has declined to offer them one for free like Microsoft does.

Chris Kraft, product management vice president at Sophos, comments to EWeek, "While most businesses recognize the importance of protecting their Mac computers from malware threats, most home users do not."

Sophos security expert Richard Wang adds, "Mac users must remember that less targeted is not the same as invulnerable."

The new suite will protect against the new trojan-worm Mac-Koobface variant, among other malicious programs.

The company sells a number of packages for businesses with Macs.  The cheapest is a 3-user, one year license priced at $136.50 USD.  That product competes with similar offerings from Norton and AVG.  It also competes with smaller third party offerings like iAntiVirus.

Any Mac users who commonly use OS X are strongly advised to grab Sophos' new freeware, if you don't already have antivirus protection.  The install will take approximately 150 MB of disk space.

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RE: not surprised by apple
By Luticus on 11/5/2010 8:30:40 AM , Rating: 2

you whine about lack of knowledge... allow me to point out why this article is the stupidest thing i've ever read... i feel as though it's planted a virus in my brain!

No one can have missed the commotion caused by Microsoft Windows of late. It began with the announcement by Google that they'd been hacked by China. Then the revelation that way too many Google computers were running Windows and way too many of them were running the intergalactically shunned IE6 web browser, bane of web designers and security consultants everywhere.
this fist paragraph shows a COMPLETE bias and basically screams "this is not an article but a windows bash fest.

Here's what's important to understand: if a Windows system bottoms out in a BSOD, then there's something very wrong at kernel level.
WRONG: a windows system can bsod's because of driver issues, major system crashes, bad hardware and many other reasons and usually doesn't involve the kernel (as the source of the problem). A windows bsod is a catch mechanism which renders the computer locked down (hence your only recourse is to reboot) due to the crash to prevent things like hardware/software system damage. If i remember correctly it's the mac systems that have "kernel panics".

Windows programmers like to talk about processor ring levels. Intel processors have different so-called rings. The Intel processors run code at different levels and keep track of where they are at all times. Apple computers of today use Intel processors too, so the concept is applicable on Mac OS X as well.
Only if the software takes advantage of it. Doesn't mean crap if it isn't used. Even if this is available on mac's, what does it matter? It's not a minus on the windows side of things...

Mac OS X is a variation on a vanilla Unix theme. All the important system files are locked away and out of bounds to ordinary users. Take a look yourself.

How old is this article? I'll spell it out for you... U A C !
UAC completely invalidates this argument because it does EXACTLY THE SAME THING!

So take the time now to pay a visit to the other side of town. See how the poor unfortunate live. The recent issues with Windows BSODs have to do with a rootkit that seems to have spread to a lot of computers. What's a rootkit?
This is an issue where these were installed on Sony machines from the factory. Talk to Sony... and by the way, they aren't doing this anymore (as far as i know).

The most powerful file attribute in MS-DOS is the 'read-only' attribute. With this attribute set, applications can't write to files. But because MS-DOS is a single user system, anyone - any process - can remove this attribute on a whim.
Again, how unbelievably old is this garbage, ms-dos died with windows 9x/ME. The windows command prompt is NOT ms-dos. The command prompt (especially that of vista/7 and their server equivalents respect permission settings). By the way, if you think "read only" is the most powerful permission setting in windows you're a crack head...

Unix systems have several ways to achieve this, such as su ('substitute user') and the even more effective sudo ('substitute user and do'). Users need not log in to Unix systems with the root account but can temporarily escalate to root status provided they are able to supply the proper credentials.
windows uses "run as user/administrator".

Windows doesn't have a good way to do this. Windows doesn't have a secure way to do this. Windows doesn't have a viable counterpart at all.
AGAIN: windows uses "run as user/administrator". This emulates to "sudo" functionality perfectly.

Watching those Windows fools panic everytime there's a catastrophe can be infuriating or frustrating or enervating. But sitting on a secure system where none of this ever applies has to elicit a smile. Slashdot had a huge thread on the topic the other day. Some of the quotes there are precious. Precious few contain any helpful insights. But they're all extraordinarily amusing.
Utter, total Bull shit... This article is garbage and is not only comparing the newest mac technology to windows tech that's 10+ years old, but it's even wrong about the old stuff......

No wonder you're crazy Tony, if this is the garbage you've been reading into... WOW, just... WOW...

It is my true and honest hope that you are an exception and that not all mac users are this stupid... I have more faith in my techy counterparts than this and hopefully someone from the mac "side" will back up my statment here when i say that this article and the fact you you DARE to reference it here shows your garbage, biased point of view in its true color and only serves to make you look like i total fool. I am now dumber having read that!


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