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MacBytes
May 4, 2006, 10:14 PM
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Link: McAfee Stabs At Mac Security (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20060504231429)
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me_94501
May 4, 2006, 10:27 PM
Recommended reading:

see also http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/4136/53/

BenRoethig
May 4, 2006, 10:31 PM
What would MacAffe know about security?

grapes911
May 4, 2006, 10:35 PM
Finally, an article written by someone with some common sense.

bousozoku
May 4, 2006, 10:47 PM
What would MacAffe know about security?

McAfee's technicians have done pretty well. Of course, you should never let administrators do anything significant--that's why they have assistants. He should stick to signing papers, since that's something he can do well.

McAfee owns Virex, which used to be really great anti-virus software and has changed a lot since Mac OS X, being a hybrid Dr. Solomon's/Virex/McAfee Virusscan product.

I noticed today that McAfee introduced anti-virus software for Intel-based Macs--that runs under Rosetta. :D :eek:

adk
May 4, 2006, 11:05 PM
This just sounds like McAfee is trying to scare people into buying their software.

winmacguy
May 5, 2006, 12:10 AM
This just sounds like McAfee is trying to scare people into buying their software.
Should we be surprised?! ;)

truz
May 5, 2006, 12:52 AM
Should we be surprised?!


Not at all ;) That's how this security business works. I'm sure thats why spyware and windows viruses have not been patched. If it was, it would put a lot of companies out of business.

bousozoku
May 5, 2006, 01:10 AM
Not at all ;) That's how this security business works. I'm sure thats why spyware and windows viruses have not been patched. If it was, it would put a lot of companies out of business.

In the beginning days of the insurance industry, the company's firemen would often start fires to those buildings for which policies were refused.

It seems that many industries would benefit from an assisted need. :p

bwintx
May 5, 2006, 07:19 AM
Rather than spending money on generating an ever-rising, ever-more-steaming pile of FUD, McAfee should invest in hiring more and better coders so its own software wouldn't suck, wouldn't break other legitimate software, etc.

gauchogolfer
May 5, 2006, 07:49 AM
Here's my favorite quote from the article:

Well first off, let’s cover the obvious. As the CEO of any startup whose sales have gone from $1 million to $3.3 million will tell you, It’s pretty easy to have a 228% percent increase off a low base.

But there are other deceptive points about the numbers behind that claim. In its entire history of tracking and documenting Mac-targeted malware –viruses, Trojans and the like – which it started doing in 1987, it found only 76 occurrences in 19 years.

Boggle
May 5, 2006, 09:12 AM
I simply hate it when companies use plausable deniability of rhetorical structure to conduct advertising in articles. The idea being, create an anxiety relievable by purchase. That article wasn't a report on OSX's vulnerability, it was a scare tactic to gain marketshare off of Apple's growth potential. The real trouble is most ppl aren't astute enough to realize they are being manipulated and that Macafee has a financial interest in making computers seem more vulnerable to viruses than the facts indicate.

yellow
May 5, 2006, 10:15 AM
Good article. Worthy of my Anti-FUD stamp of approval!

grapes911
May 5, 2006, 10:26 AM
Good article. Worthy of my Anti-FUD stamp of approval!

You asked for it.

http://grapes911.com/pics/anitfud.jpg

winmacguy
May 5, 2006, 05:51 PM
You asked for it.

http://grapes911.com/pics/anitfud.jpg
I Like it!;)