Apple now recommends virus scanners for Mac

December 2nd, 2008

After years of panning Microsoft’s virus-prone Windows operating system, it now seems Apple’s getting a taste of its own medicine. The Mac maker has quietly updated its recommendations for customers, suggesting that “widespread use” of antivirus software will minimise risks to OS X.

Is it a reflection of the growing popularity of Macs that Apple’s being targeted by more virus makers?

The Knowledge Base article, which was posted by Apple last month, actually advocates the use of “multiple antivirus utilities so that virus programmers have more than one application to circumvent.”

We can see the logic of using more than one antivirus application, but doubt many users actually will. It smacks slightly of paranoia on Apple’s part to us, or do Jobs and Co know something we don’t?

Do you use antivirus software on a Mac? Ever caught anything? Let us know in the comments section below.

Out now | £varies | Apple Knowledge Base (via AppleInsider)

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