The Mac is usually thought of as a bastion of safety and security in the virus-crowded landscape of modern personal computing, but a new worm may have just changed all that. In addition, Apple is toying with the idea of becoming its own cellular data provider, and the Cupertino company is also said to be developing a voicemail transcription service for Siri.
Funny that we were just talking about the benefits of a closed operating system. Mac OS X isn't anywhere near as closed as iOS 7, and thus it's more susceptible to malware attacks. As reported by security firm ESET (via MacRumors), Mac users who used cracked versions of popular programs now need to worry about a nasty trojan that's been stealing bitcoins.
Apple sometimes gets a hefty dose of criticism for its closed-system approach to iOS, but it's important to remember that closed systems have their benefits as well. That much was apparent in a recent statement Android chief Sundar Pichai made to an audience at the Mobile World Congress (via FrAndroid).
The debut of Avira Mobile Security is something of a head-scratcher: iPhone owners generally have little reason to worry about the security of their device, at least on the software front. Apple works hard to keep its mobile operating system locked down tight (often to the dismay of developers), and quickly plugs any holes that do crop up. Avira’s app scans any device it’s installed on for malicious processes, along with offering tips on how to make the most of available storage and battery life conservation.
Apple's iOS may not allow us to make goofy modifications to the home screen or use Bluetooth mice with our iOS devices, but as a recent report from the Department of Homeland Security shows, there's plenty of reasons to be glad for that closed system. According to the report, which is based on statistics from 2012, Google's Android service is responsible for 79 percent of all mobile malware.
If you're using a Windows machine, be on the lookout for a malware-laden e-mail that claims to be offering a $200 gift card to the Apple Store. (If you're using a Mac, you have less to worry about, but it's still fake.) As Webroot reports (via MacRumors), though, the e-mail goes beyond the simple phishing schemes usually associated with these mails and actually possesses the power to do damage to your computer.
News of the Flashback trojan flooded the pipes earlier this month with headlines about how Macs are “no longer safe,” and generally scaring the bejeezus out of Mac users everywhere. That perfect illusion of Apple, which has always been exalted by users for creating products practically immune to viruses, was suddenly shattered. And rightfully so, as the virus had affected 600,000 people, roughly 1% of Mac users.
Even more frightening was the breakout of a newer trojan the other day. Sabpab, also referred to as SabPub, is a still-active virus that is spread through Java vulnerability (much like Flashback) and Word documents -- an old school method of attack that most users don’t see coming.