You’ve probably seen those Apple ads that proclaim that there are no/few viruses for Macs.
Well, it doesn’t matter that virus writers don’t bother with Macs because they only take up less than 5 per cent of the world’s personal computer market.
But guess what, now that Apple’s iPhone is hyped up to be the best thing that happened, security holes are appearing. According to a report in Computerworld, there are vulnerabilities in the software that can lead to users being “phished”.
The problems, it says, are to do with the Safari browser and Mail applications.
CW quoted security expert Aviv Raff, who reported the three loopholes, as saying: “By creating a specially crafted URL and sending it via an e-mail, an attacker can convince the user that the spoofed URL, showed in the Mail application, is from a trusted domain such as a bank, PayPal or social networks.”
If you are already dying to buy an iPhone, this won’t change your mind, of course. Just don’t buy into the hype that viruses are only for PCs and PC users.
Speaking of hype, older geeks wll remember how Apple used to make fun of Intel chips when it used Motorola ones, in ads that parodied Intel’s bunny-suited geeks. Guess what, today, it’s Intel inside for Apple, who now sings the tune that Intel’s the best thing ever!
Don’t want to clunk up the page, so first watch this (says Intel is crap):
then this (says Intel is cool),
Like so many niche companies that have capitalised on their underdog status, only to suddenly grow their marketshare, Apple is at risk of becoming a victim of its own success.
The point is that Apple suffers from the same vulnerabilities – ones which let phishing sites target users – in its browser and mail programs that it has made fun of with PCs. Take a read at the ComputerWorld article.
And this one here too: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9101239
Was about to point out the same thing. Confusing readers doesn’t serve any purpose, unless this post is solely about Apple bashing.
What has phishing got to do the article header that says “Apple = no virus?”?
And as you may have known, it may turned out to be of human error to click on links supposedly to fool users to reveal their account details. More information and preventive measures should be highlighted about online safety to the public.