As a big fan of Apple products, I had thoughts of being safe from all the vulnerabilities, we usually find in other products. Either we talk about iPads, iPod touch, iPhones or even Macs, always considered to be the most safe products as Apple works hard on their quality & security. But here is the fact, Macs are not safe as we think.
According to PCWorld, “Apple posted the highest number of reported security vulnerabilities during the first three months of 2012, leading all other OS and software vendors with 91 vulnerabilities.”
Apple is leading the chart with 91 vulnerabilities, following by Oracle & Google with 78 & 73 vulnerabilities. It could be the reason, Apple issued a record breaking number of patches of Safari 5 web browser last month in March. “the month saw 83 vulnerabilities, which the company hoped to fix with a browser update” reported Computerworld.
Mac Flashback Trojan & Sabpab Trojan, which have become the most threat malware for Apple’s security from last two quarter. These two malwares took advantage of vulnerabilities in Java software.
According to Forbes, This update should also help protect Mac users from the Sabpab trojanL however, those who have installed the update should still be wary.
Mac Flashback Trojan infected more than 600, 000 Mac devices across the world few weeks back. According to Ars, in an April 19 press conference, Kaspersky Lab researchers stressed the importance of anti-malware software for Mac users and explained that “Mac OS X invulnerability is a myth.” Ars did explain that, according to Kaspersky Lab, Mac malware has recently increased due to “a critical increase in Mac market share.”
“Market share brings attacker motivation,” Kaspersky Lab researchers said, as reported by Ars. “Expect more drive-by downloads, more Mac OS X mass-malware. Expect cross-platform exploit kits with Mac-specific exploits.”
Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant at computer security firm Sophos, recently reported that a new version of the Sabpab Trojan is “exploiting malformed Word documents,” rather than relying upon Java vulnerabilities for entry into a victim’s computer. He stressed: “”It’s time for Mac users to wake up and smell the coffee. Mac malware is becoming a genuine issue, and cannot be ignored any longer.”
While writing this article, One thought which was jumping around my mind, How am I going to secure my Mac devices ? Here is one of the answers: Apple provides regular fixes and upgrades to secure our Mac. Never ignore them !!!