Hold on a moment, this isn’t what the press tell me!

2 Mar

Always believe what you read in the press.

Apple’s OSes Top ‘Most Vulnerable’ List of 2014

Oh.

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3 Responses to “Hold on a moment, this isn’t what the press tell me!”

  1. Gorght March 2, 2015 at 10:58 am #

    Interesting article – I have a query over how the stats are grouped. There are at least 3 versions of OSX which are still supported – yet the OSX numbers are grouped but the Windows numbers are broken out. Grouping the windows (desktop only) numbers gives a total number of vulnerabilities of 172… and a total number of high vulnerabilities of 118.

    I’d like to see the breakdown of the OSX numbers, not saying they’d necessarily be better but it would paint a fairer picture perhaps … 🙂

    Yes I do use OSX 🙂 but the other three quarters of my home machines are Windows 7 & 8… 😉

    • imorital March 2, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

      Indeed, but I was told Linux and Apple operating systems were more secure than Windows.

      Wasn’t it Apple that said a few years ago how you didn’t need an Anti-Virus package on a Mac?

      That was always a lie, but you are far more likely to be attacked as a Windows user than an OS X user as the virus writers will target the biggest market share.

      I guess that means Android is most at risk now. Lucky Google are so good at fixing vulnerabilities.

      • Gorght March 2, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

        I totally agree with those points 🙂 it’s wrong to think that Linux and Apple do not need some kind of protection. I think if Apple said that themse

        Windows is naturally going to have far many reports / attacks than any other OS due to the number of of installations out there.

        My only quibble was with the way that report presented the data – I’m genuinely curious to see which of the OSX versions is hol(e)iest 😉

        Andriod is indeed conspicuous by its abscence from the report…. As someone else commented on the report – perhaps the cell value in Excel doesn’t go high enough 😉 “NaN”.

        Concerning iOS I found this link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2012/06/04/apple-explains-why-ios-dont-need-no-steenkin-anti-virus/

        I can see where they’re coming from – the almost totally locked down nature means less (not) likely to get viruses, etc… This is all well and good – however, never say never … OSX however isn’t locked down – and is probably subject to similar hacks to those used in Linux, etc.

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