Even Security Breaches Are Easier On Macs
from the usability-counts dept
Much gets made of the supposed simplicity and ease of use of the Mac OS, particularly when compared to Windows. There’s little doubt that some tasks are far easier for users on Macs than on Windows, but Apple probably doesn’t want that to extend to attackers being able to install malware — but a security company that says it’s found a proof-of-concept Mac OS adware program and notes that launching the web browser to serve ads when opening other applications is “easier to do than with Windows. After all, it’s a Mac.” This is separate from a kernel vulnerability for Mac OS that was also recently disclosed, reinforcing the reality that Macs aren’t bulletproof when it comes to security. However, the Mac’s low market share is as much of a protection against viruses, adware and many other security problems as is anything intrinsic to the operating system.