iTunes major cause of virus infections?

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  1. barisax5of12 macrumors newbie

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    At my company, the "Corporate Compliance Officer" made this statement,

    "First and foremost, download sites such as iTunes are one of the major causes of virus infections."

    This got me thinking: Is he right or is he just blowing smoke? Has anyone compiled a statistic on this?

    I would love to disprove this statement. Therefore, does anyone have any ammunition for me to use because iTunes URL is now being blocked due to this reasoning?

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    Cant really see it myself. But maybe Apple is trying to flood the PC world with viruses in their music and videos so more people switch to Mac. :D

    Its a cunning plan :p
     
  3. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    seems like you're suggesting Apple intentionally put that Windows virus on the video iPods...

    mwahahahahaha
     
  4. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    P2P downloads may be full of viruses. Legal sites are not. He's full of ****.

    Or to be more friendly, why don't you write to Apple? They'll give you the lowdown.
     
  5. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    LOL

    I hear that hardore porn sites like cnn.com are a major source of spyware too...
     
  6. Scottyk9 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah you could probably win that arguement.

    However, the major reason why sites like iTunes are blocked in most corporate environments have to do with 1) sucking up bandwidth and 2) sucking up productivity.

    You might win a battle, but likely not the war...
     
  7. Cinematographer macrumors 6502a

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    Obviously he has no idea what he is talking about. Looks like it will take some time to bring a little enlightment to him.
     
  8. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    This is a ridiculous statement of ignorance.

    How would the RIAA/Music Industry back them, not to mention millions of customers downloading music legally?
    If this was a major source of virus infections, I think things might be a little different.

    Your CCO is what I call a FUDtard™. And you can tell him that I called him that.
     
  9. archurban macrumors 6502a

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  10. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, *illegal* download sites are a major source of viruses. So if someone uses Limewire or Kazaa or whatever to fill their iTunes, then yes. But you certainly are not likely to get one from the iTunes Music Store, the latest slip aside. FUD? :(
     
  11. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    It sounds like the words of someone who doesn't know how it works. It's not as if you can just point any web browser at the store anyway. I wouldn't think that they would allow you to install the software onto work machines so why would it even be a threat? As for Apple hosting viruses, that's simply ludicrous but the people finishing the iPods have made that more real. Too bad they're too cheap to have anti-virus software.

    If this CCO is like most executives I've met, he's simply latched onto what he considers the latest catchphrase and it has nothing to do with what he really means--if he actually means anything. Most executives should wear badges "I don't know what I'm doing so when I sound like that, I'm doing my job correctly."
     
  12. MacinJosh macrumors 6502a

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    Lol, couldn't have said it any better :)

    Joshua.
     

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