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Apple products less secure than commonly thought, says hacker

May 9, 2010

A well known security expert says that Mac systems are not more secure than Windows and in fact, Microsoft does a better job analyzing their software for problems.  Marc Maiffret is a security expert and former hacker who discovered the hole in Windows that was used in the Code Red virus attack back in 2001.

He echos a statement we have made for almost ten years… that hackers do not pay attention to Macs because they represent such a small market share (approximately 12-15%).  Maiffret also went on to state that relatively few security vulnerabilities have been found in Apple products because hackers generally ignore Macs.  Hackers look to receive big bang for their buck when writing viruses and therefore target PCs because there are so many more of them in use.

More details can be found in this article.

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