iTunes major cause of virus infections?

barisax5of12

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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.
 

MacBoobsPro

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barisax5of12 said:
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.
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
 

pianoman

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

mwahahahahaha
 

Sesshi

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barisax5of12 said:
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.
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.
 

Scottyk9

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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...
 

Cinematographer

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barisax5of12 said:
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."
Obviously he has no idea what he is talking about. Looks like it will take some time to bring a little enlightment to him.
 

yellow

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Oct 21, 2003
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barisax5of12 said:
"First and foremost, download sites such as iTunes are one of the major causes of virus infections."
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.
 

mkrishnan

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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? :(
 

bousozoku

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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."
 

MacinJosh

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

Joshua.
 
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