One of the biggest knocks against Microsoft and their various operating systems has to be how susceptible they are to viruses and other malware. Over the years, we’ve seen alternate operating systems such as Linux and Apple’s OS X tout the successes of their respective operating systems in stopping malware.
Linux hasn’t had a major virus breakout per se, but the same cannot be said for Apple and their OS X platform. If you have seen Cupertino’s promotional material in regards to OS X in the past, you may have seen how Apple was quick to point out that their operating system does not get computer viruses. However, with the recent virus problems that the OS has had with the Flashback trojan, Apple has gone through their promotional material to update the wording on their claim. Rather then stating “it doesn’t get PC viruses” as it did in the past, Apple simply states that OS X is “built to be safe.”
Understandably, Apple can’t make a false claim and this update was necessary, but Apple does continue to highlight the fact that they use sandboxing as a mechanism to stop hackers. On one hand, it’s a big blow to the company to see that their OS is no longer immune to viruses, but on the other hand, the fact that viruses have begun to crop up for this OS indicates that OS X has matured enough and is now popular enough in the eyes of hackers to warrant greater attention. It’s now Apple’s job to ensure that they stay on stop of security to ensure that they don’t have another fiasco such as the Flashback trojan.