Now if only
by Jimmy Greystone - 1/16/11 4:27 PM
In Reply to: Specifics? by trilldax42
Now if only ZDNet were a source we could take seriously you'd have something there.
ZDNet, like virtually every other mainstream publication on computers, is not exactly what you'd call a serious journal. Most of what they do is peddle rumors, hearsay, and speculation. They're not exactly sticklers for fact checking either.
Even better is that they use Sophos as their main source. The whole "article" which reads more like an advertisement for Sophos' worthless AV program (I've used it, and on the Mac too), basically lists a single bit of malware which just tinkers with your DNS settings. That is a far cry from some of the things you see on Windows.
And I have to wonder if you bothered to even read the conclusion of the "article" because no one here is suggesting that people "bury their heads in the sand". Rather we're saying AT THE PRESENT TIME, it is not necessary. We fully admit that this may change at any time, and in fact I believe I said exactly that in my first post. However, until that day comes, there's no real benefit to having an AV program on a Mac. At least while it's running OS X. If you're running Windows via Boot Camp or Parallels/VMWare, then that needs an AV program running. Mac OS X, however, while not immune, does not currently need any AV protection.
Most, if not all, of the malware out there for Mac OS X, requires the user to first download it, then install and run it. It's hard for any software program to protect against that level of user stupidity. It's also a far cry from the drive-by, no user interaction required, malware installs that are oh so common on Windows via Internet Explorer.
You are trying to make this into a much bigger deal than it is. So, I would suggest that you expand your readership beyond ZDNet. Also to take the time to really digest and understand what it is you're reading, because as things are now, you're confusing a number of different issues. Understandable, since the distinctions can be a bit subtle, but all the more reason to take the time to make sure you really understand what it is you're talking about.
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