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The Sophos Threat Report also foresees increased attacks on the Apple platform and, most notably, OS X.
"Over the last 12 months, however, especially with Morcut and Flashback, we see the OS X malware authors are catching up with the technology of the Windows authors and using those techniques very successfully against an audience who is not really expecting to be vulnerable to those kinds of attacks," Wang explained. "As OS X moves more deeply into the business sphere, we will see even more attacks. Some people truly prefer Macs, and the bad guys are aware of that too."
Wang added that securing the Mac carries many of the same requirements and practices as securing a Windows PC. "It means anti-malware software; it means making sure you have the right firewalls in place and keeping your browser plug-ins up-to-date and eliminating excess plug-ins such as Java, if you don't need them. The number of attacks is much lower right now, but the style of attacks and the way they work are broadly very similar. I also think we have seen a softening of Apple's PR stand about malware on Macs. And I think ultimately that's going to be a good thing for the users because pretending that the problem does not exist is not really helping anybody."