Apple: We admit it --- Macs need anti-virus software

Update: The KnowledgeBase article in question is apparently an old one. Apple has now pulled the article recommending that Mac users install anti-virus software. For details see my blog post, Apple: Ooops! Macs don't need anti-virus software.

After too much denial, Apple has finally admitted that Mac users need to install anti-virus software. Now it's time for the company to pull its misleading ad that implies that while PCs are prone to viruses, Macs are immune.

In a small article on its Web site, Apple recommends that Mac users use anti-virus software. Here's what it has to say:

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.

Apple then recommends anti-virus software from Intego, Symantec, and McAfee. It doesn't mention a piece of freeware recommended by Brian Krebs, a writer for the Washington Post --- ClamXav.

Krebs, in writing about the Apple advisory, says that Apple hasn't yet said whether they will stop running television ads that claim Mac users don't need anti-malware, while PC users do. You can see the ad, below.

I'm glad that Apple has finally come to its senses and admitted Mac users need to be protected from malware. Recently I wrote about Mac OS X being vulnerable to several new Trojans. Apple was also late in bringing anti-phishing tools to Safari. But it appears that Apple has finally recognized the threats to the Mac. It should follow that up by pulling its ads implying Mac users have nothing to fear from viruses.

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