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Apple Gets a Wake-up Call on Internet Security
It’s a well known fact in computer technology circles that Apple lovers tend to be a bit standoff-ish when it comes to comparing their equipment to the standard home computer. Not just on Apple's operating ability (which may be justified) but also on the important issue of security. Apple owners were simply convinced that Apple computers, for whatever reason, were hacker proof.
Well they now have had a very rude awakening in the light of a recent report stating that Apple has reported the highest number of potential vulnerabilities in their history during the first half of 2010. While the problems run across the board, the majority of the flaws have been discovered in Apple's OS X applications.
Hackers, ever on the lookout for lowered security barriers, have apparently picked up on the fact that an uncomfortably large percentage of Apple users have decided that they are less vulnerable to virus attack than those who are dependent on Windows systems. Anti-virus programs if they have been installed are usually of the free download variety whilst Firewalls are often neutralized to allow for downloading illegal Apple apps.
Security experts have discovered a large number of security vulnerabilities in typical Apple user favourites including iTunes, QuickTime, and Safari, as well as those of number of third party software developers including such hallowed companies as Adobe and Oracle.
What Apple users appear to be blissfully unaware of and that Windows users have long since realised is that hackers are highly sophisticated organized criminally driven organizations, who are on the constant look out for the rich pickings that illegally invading a computer, Apple of otherwise, can bring.
While Window's driven home computers remain the main target for hackers, Apple owners should never allow themselves to become complacent enough and see themselves above the problem, especially as their many platforms continue to grow in popularly.
Fresh security threats are being discovered on a daily basis , and while the major software developers are working flat out to come up with temporary fixes and patches to stem the flow of malware and spam attacks, nothing can solve the problem permanently more efficiently than installing a top of the range anti-virus software program, These programs constantly update themselves and as new threats emerge the computer, Apple or otherwise, is already prepared to meet them, and drive them off.
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