What's the deal w/ spyware on Macs?

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  1. zxghostrider

    zxghostrider Sometimes you gotta hop on two wheels

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    Does my MBP automatically filter out spy ware, or do I need a program?
     
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    people don't tend to write spyware for macs. one of the benefits of a relatively small market share
     
  3. xenon supra

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    there is none.
     
  4. deusexaethera

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    Yeah there is, there just isn't a sufficiently-dense population of Macs in the world to support spreading Mac-compatible malware.

    I recall a report from a few months ago that more viruses had been written for OSX in the six months prior than there had been for Windows, which had never happened before. But they all died off due to insufficient host population.

    So yeah, you're relatively safe unless you get really unlucky, but only because of obscurity, not because of lack of interest.
     
  5. TheWeasel

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    I don't have any. :hsugh:
     
  6. Raider007

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    well... there is spyware... but like a mac virus (which exist as much as people don't want to believe it) you need to install it... you can't just "catch" a virus/spyware by visiting sites...

    you physically need to download it, run the installer, punch in your password.

    so have fun...
     
  7. Raider007

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    not so much a "host" problem, it's trying to get a computer infected that's the problem, mac virus don't replicate and spread on their own like windows....
     
  8. nsxrebel

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    what's this spyware I keep hearing about?
     
  9. ady

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    This is what causes the confusion, as a virus by definition is a program that self replicates.

    Macs have malware and people are being affected by it. I would think mostly because they are computer security illiterate or oblivious, probably due in part to the whole "macs can't get viruses" ideal.
     

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