Mac OS

Apple focusing more on security as Macs and iOS devices become targets

Chances are if you’re an owner of a Mac, you don’t worry too much about malware and viruses. At least you didn’t before the Flashback trojan was found to have infected some 600,000 Macs that were part of a botnet.

The Flashback botnet made headlines, but many were quick to point out that the infected machines became vulnerable through Java, not Apple’s OS, suggesting that Apple wasn’t to blame.

Apple’s response to netbooks: a tablet?

When asked about netbooks earlier this year, Apple COO Tim Cook didn’t beat around the bush: “They have cramped keyboards, terrible software, junky hardware, very small
screens, and just not a consumer experience, and not something that we would put
the Mac brand on, quite frankly
“.

That’s fine, but the reality is that netbooks have made a huge mark on the market and have been given credit for driving much of the growth in the PC market. It’s not hard to see why: for $300 or less in some cases, consumers can have an internet-capable ‘mini-laptop‘. In this economy, it’s safe to say that many netbooks have been sold to consumers who otherwise would not have made a laptop purchase due to price considerations.