David Harley, Research Fellow & Director of Malware Intelligence at ESET Antivirus has presented a report at the EICAR conference held this month outlining virus security details of the Mac OS.
This coupled with positive feedback from his co-workers shows that Macs are even less secure than Windows PCs. They are of the opinion that,
While Mac users – with the exception of those making significant use of Windows on Macs – operate in an environment prowled by infinitely fewer predators, Microsoft and its more savvy customers are to some extent shielded by a more accurate assessment of the risks to which Windows users are exposed.
As evident from here, the only reason Mac viruses are not that popular is because the fraction of people using Mac is negligible as compared to Windows PC users. That leaves us with far less data to claim a virus free OS.
Another common misconception is that since Mac is based on BSD, it is safe. We must understand that every BSD fork will not have the security features of BSD by default. It can be easily overridden by the modifications made while creating this fork.
This combined with the absence of a proper antivirus on Mac leaves Mac users totally unaware of any running exploits.
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(Via: Enterprise Networking Planet)