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Viruses in Mac OS X

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Periodically there are questions about viruses and antiviruses for MacOS X. I think this question will be very interesting to many switches (people who have just transferred from Windows to Mac). After many, many years of using Windows, constantly looking for the most effective antivirus software for themselves, periodically demolishing the system due to incomprehensible glitches that could be caused by malicious software, people develop a stereotype that comp + Internet = a bunch of viruses. There is some truth in this. But not in the case of MacOS X.

And the point here is not that poppies are relatively small, but the fact that this is UNIX. Apple Mac OS X is a certified UNIX system. The system has a very strict policy of permissions, as well as the isolation of user data from important system files. Only three more operating systems have similar UNIX 03 certificates from The Open Group, which owns the UNIX trademark: Solaris 10 from Sun Microsystems, AIX 5L from IBM and HP-UX 11i V3 from Hewlett-Packard.

There are virus concepts under Mac OS X. Most likely, real prototypes of viruses that can infect macintosh computers can be developed. However, currently known cases of “viruses” require the user to perform a series of non-trivial actions.

For example:

“This attachment is not an image, but contains executable code. Run? ”->“ The program is trying to access system files. Allow? ”->“ Enter your password to work with the application XXX. ”

And then - BAM! Virus!

This was the scenario of activating one of the real-life prototypes of viruses under Apple Mac OS X. Many years of protection from viruses completely deadened macintosh users, most of them lost their vigilance that the script I cited might well catch them.

Of course, at the present time you do not need an antivirus for Mac OS X. However, on the other hand, you will get a couple of advantages if you take care of installing an antivirus:

  • 1. You cannot accidentally transfer windows viruses from one windows user to another.
  • 2. When a great and terrible virus appears under macintosh, you will be ready to meet it.

Conclusions on the topic of viruses under macintosh:

Apple Mac OS X is a robust and secure operating system with a strong Unix architecture. There are no dangerous viruses under Mac OS X. But no one can guarantee you that one day (but not for Macintosh) a great and terrible virus under macintosh will not suddenly appear. Because there is nothing perfect in this world. But now - sing and have fun, do not worry about viruses and other malware.


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