Security company gives Mac a boost

Summary:In the just released Sophos Security Threat Management Report (requires registration), the dominant cybersecurity threat is from Trojans, which the report said outnumber viruses and worms by 4:1, compared to 2:1 a year ago. In light of the Trojan horses and the dominance of Windows-based threats,  Sophos suggests that home users should consider purchasing a Mac if they haven't already.

In the just released Sophos Security Threat Management Report (requires registration), the dominant cybersecurity threat is from Trojans, which the report said outnumber viruses and worms by 4:1, compared to 2:1 a year ago. In light of the Trojan horses and the dominance of Windows-based threats,  Sophos suggests that home users should consider purchasing a Mac if they haven't already.  "The vast majority of malware continues to be written for Windows, and while the first malware for Mac OS X was seen in February 2006, it has not spread in the wild and not heralded an avalanche of malicious code aimed at Macs," the report said. According to Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, "Hackers seem happy to primarily target Windows users and not spread their wings to other platforms. It seems likely that Macs will continue to be the safer place for computer users for some time to come--something that home users may wish to consider if they're deliberating about the next computer they should purchase." He doesn't go as far as to say the corporations should rethink PC purchases to improve security. Enterprises deeply invested in Windows aren't going to invest heavily in Apple systems, and they will continue to spend significant money buying security software from companies like Sophos to minimize threats. And, clearly the Vista delay isn't helping to alleviate anxiety among Microsoft customers about Windows security...

Topics: Security

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