Apple "ten years behind Microsoft" in computer security says Kapersky founder

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macbook-pro-2011.jpgApple computer users, who for many years felt they were practically immune from viruses, are more susceptible to dodgy software than everbefore said security expert, CEO and founder of Kapersky, Eugene Kapersky.

Brought to the public eye by the recent Flashback trojan which hit an estimated 600,000 Macs, Kapersky now feels that Apple are lagging ten years behind Microsoft’s security procedures, who have more experience in the field after defending against attacks for so long.

“I think they (Apple) are ten years behind Microsoft in terms of security. For many years I’ve been saying that from a security point of view there is no big difference between Mac and Windows,” said Kapersky

“(It’s) just a question of time and market share. Cyber criminals have now recognised that Mac is an interesting area.

“Now we have more, it’s not just Flashback or Flashfake. Welcome to Microsoft’s world, Mac. It’s full of malware.

“Apple is now entering the same world as Microsoft has been in for more than 10 years: updates, security patches and so on. We now expect to see more and more because cyber criminals learn from success and this was the first successful one.”

Apple did release a Java fix for the Flashback intrusion, but many felt it took too long for Apple to act.

Via: Computer World

Gerald Lynch

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