Does Apple have worms?

Apple has issued advice suggesting Mac users adopt antivirus software, then retracted the same advice.

One of the last (supposedly) secure bastions in computing may have fallen: Mac users are waking up to the fact their beloved machines are susceptible to viruses.

The reason for their worries is Apple itself, which posted an article in its knowledge base naming three anti-virus solutions and advising Mac users to use at least one.

That advice runs counter to years of assumptions – and Apple advertising – suggesting that a mixture of technical superiority and community love for the Mac have kept the platform virus free.

The knowledge base item in question, since removed by Apple, suggested otherwise. Google’s cache reveals the now-deleted text, which read:

“Apple encourages the widespread use of multiple antivirus utilities so that virus programmers have more than one application to circumvent, thus making the whole virus writing process more difficult. Here are some available antivirus utilities”.

The post goes on to mention products from Intego, Symantec and McAfee.

Apple has since deleted the post and has since issued the anodyne comment that

"The Mac is designed with built-in technologies that provide protection against malicious software and security threats right out of the box."

It’s not the only hit the company has taken this week. A new episode of The Simpsons, aired in the US this week, lampoons its retail outlets with cruel efficiency! Check out the clip here

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