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Apple drops ‘Mac computers immune from virus’ claim

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 12:44

Washington: Tech giant Apple has removed claims on its website that Mac computers do not get viruses, after hundreds of thousands of machines were hijacked by a Trojan earlier this year.

Apple`s web page titled ``Why you`ll love a Mac`` used to state that, ‘It doesn’t get PC viruses.’

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the website has been altered and now simply says, ‘it`s built to be safe.’

“Built-in defences in OS X keep you safe from unknowingly downloading malicious software on your Mac,” the website said.

“OS X is designed with powerful, advanced technologies that work hard to keep your Mac safe,” it added.

But there is no longer any reference to Macs being immune from the viruses long-suffered by PC users.

According to the report, security experts welcomed the change in the company’s marketing.

“People in glass houses shouldn`t throw stones,” said Graham Cluley from British security firm Sophos.

“Let`s hope more Apple Mac owners are also learning to take important security steps - such as installing anti-virus protection,” he added.


First Published: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 12:44

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