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Do Macs Need Anti-Virus Software? 17/01/2012

Posted by achharia in កំសាន្តកំប្លែង, ចំណេះដឹងទូទៅ, ផ្សេងៗ.
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តើពួកម៉ែក(-ឃិងថុស)ត្រូវការកម្មវិធីអង់ទីវីរុសទេ ?
Do Macs Need Anti-Virus Software?


In today’s episode we’re going to address a controversial topic: do you need anti-virus software for your mac?
Now, all the time, I get asked “do you need to install anti-virus software on your mac?”. Now I can answer this as a journalist, and say “well, it’s best to be safe, I don’t want to say anything that may change over time”, that kind of thing. But I’m going to answer, just as I would a personal friend, and I’m gonna say: “no, you don’t need to install anti-virus on your mac”. Now, let me explain why. The first thing is, there are no viruses for the mac. I don’t mean that there never will be viruses for the mac, I don’t mean that there weren’t viruses for the Mac in the past, I just mean right now, there are no active viruses for the mac. If you look at the anti-virus software and you read carefully and research, you’ll find that they don’t protect you against any viruses, because there aren’t any to protect you against. I’m talking numbers here, and the number is 0. There are none.
Ok, so what about every once in a while you read a report about some sort of security exploit, or patch that Apple has issued. Well, there are researchers that go and find exploits and they do publish them and Apple does patch them up. But I’m talking about real viruses, thing you can actually get by visiting webpages, downloading software that spread from Mac to mac. They just don’t exist now. There used to be some back in the OS 9 days, and I’m sure at some point in an infinite future, there will be viruses for the mac. But right now, there’s nothing for you to be protected against, and the anti-virus software out there have no definitions for active viruses for the mac.
Now, I’m not talking about the fact that Mac has a smaller market share, and that’s why they’re less of a target for viruses. I’m not talking about why there are no viruses, I’m talking about the numbers, 0, there are no viruses for the Mac now. What really makes me angry is that some of the pieces of anti-virus software actually kind of lie to you. They’ll say things like “they will protect you against all active viruses currently out for the Mac”. Well, that’s 0. So, they’re telling you the truth, but they’re misleading trying to get you to think that there are some active viruses out there. So what are those those programs doing? Well, believe it or not, they’re protecting your Mac against Windows viruses, these are viruses you cannot get on your Mac, they affect the Windows OS and Windows applications, but they look on your Mac to see if there are viruses in an email attachment or something else that you have, and to prevent them from spreading to Windows machines on your network. Now, you’re Windows machines need to have anti-virus anyway, there’s no point also running it on your Mac when it’s not actually giving you any benefit for the Mac itself.
So what about that day when a virus does come out for the Mac? Wouldn’t it be great to already have one of these anti-virus programs running on your Mac? Well, the thing is, it’s not going to protect you, not going to protect you when that virus comes out. So they’re gonna protect you hours or days later, when the anti-virus software is updated to protect you against that new threat. Now, also updating at the same time, is going to be Apple, you know they’re going to be all over it updating the OS through software update to protect you from this new virus.
So, who’s going to get there first, or will they get there about the same time? And what’s the track record of anti-virus companies? In the Windows world, track record isn’t that great really, when you look at the history of all the anti-virus companies, sometimes these viruses go undetected, without a solution, for weeks or even months. So, you don’t know whether or not one of these third party companies or Apple is going to jump on this first, but my bet is on Apple, they have the best interest in providing updates soon as a virus appears.
So another factor is the Apple press, usually guys that are over every little unlikely rumor. You know that the second a virus hits for the Mac, it’s gonna be major headlines everywhere. So if you’re the type of person that keeps up to date with Apple news, and I think you are, cause you’re watching this, well then believe me that you’re going to know about any virus that appears, you’re gonna know how to prevent it, you’re gonna know when there’s an update, you’re gonna know everything about it. So, your best bet is just to keep yourself informed.
So, what’s the harm in running one of these? I mean if you’re willing to part with some money, and have an extra process running on your Mac, is there any real big deal? Well, it will slow things down and there are erroneous reports, and there are problems. I for one will never forgive Norton for having part of their security software insert code into every html page that somebody visited on the web. It broke tons of pages on my site, it wasn’t my fault, and it took me days to figure out what was wrong, and it was completely unnecessary, which is badly written software. And I’m sure, things like that exist. One of the pieces of software out there right now, for instance, is erroneously identifying emails that don’t even have attachments as potentially containing a virus. So, there is a downside to running these things.
So I was thinking of providing a list of anti-virus software for the Mac, so you can check them out for yourself. But I don’t even want to encourage you to possibly spend your money on these things, a lot of these just outright mislead you into thinking there’s a threat and need to buy their software now. And I don’t like over the long run how they’ve all used press releases to try to scare people into buying their products. They’re just using fear as marketing.
Now, while there have been known viruses for the Mac OS 10, there has been at least one trojan. A trojan is when you download a piece of software, and you know you’re downloading it, and it’s not what it appears to be. This doesn’t happen when you download software from Apple or any reputable
source, this happened, in this case, with an older version of iWork when you downloaded it from a site that was obviously distributing pirated software. So, you had to go through different warnings saying “Do you know you’re installing this software?”, and you did it anyway. Anti-viruses are not going to protect you against that, because if you went through those default OS 10 warnings, you’re gonna go through the warnings in the anti-virus software as well. Oh, and by the way, that trojan was very heavily reported in the Apple media, so if you kept up to date with the news, you knew about it.
Now, gonna get a lot of comments, I know, especially from Windows users, let me just be very clear about some things: there are no active viruses for the Mac, none for Mac OS 10 right now. There are some old ones for Mac OS 9, and I’m not saying there’s not going to be any in the future, but right now these anti-virus programs are not protecting you again anything, some of the website even admit it. So, if you disagree with me, do your research. Number two, I’m not telling you to ignore the problem, I’m telling you to keep up to date with the news, and keep your Mac up to date with the latest version of OS 10. Number three, I’m just telling it to you straight, this is what I would tell a friend if they needed anti-virus software, I’d say “No. At the current time you don’t need it, it’s a waste of money and it could potentially cause problems”
If you disagree, then I look forward to reading your well reasoned-out thoughts as a comment to this post at MacMost.com
I hope you found this video informative. Until next time, this is Gary Rosenzweig with MacMost Now.




1. Lovepeehs05 - 21/01/2012

Good infomation, Achharia ! I believe that Gary said is right! Lately, or 01/11/2012 my Window PC computer had crashed really bad. I could not turn it on to the normal mode at all. I just could not do anything at all. So I have to call to HP company for help and they charged me $60.00 for restoring back to its original setup. I did have unti-virus software from Noton Security but it did not detect anything at all. I’m so frustrated. I bought the most expensive ($120.00 a year) Noton security for my computer for the last 4 or 5 years to protect my computer, it helps nothing. Too bad, they are cheated and lie!

Do you know which the best Internet Security for protecting window pc ?

achharia - 21/01/2012

សួស្ដី Lovepeehs05 !
ខ្ញុំក៏ប្រើម៉ាក HP នេះដែរជាមួយវិនដូវស៍vista ហើយក៏បានជួបបញ្ហា
ម្ដងៗដែរ តែខ្ញុំមិនដែលបានទិញប្រើកម្មវិ​ធីសំ​រាប់​ការ​ពារ​និង​កែកុន
នឹងពួកម៉ាលវែរ(វីរុស…)ទេ រាល់ដងពេលមានបញ្ហាខ្ញុំតែងតែទៅរក
មើលនៅតាម ថត(folder រឺ directory )temp និងឃើញកូនfile
ណាដែលចូលមកផ្ញើខ្លួនបណ្ដោះ​អាសន្នថ្មីៗ គឺច្រើនពួកមានទំរង់-.exe
ដែលមិនដែលស្គាល់ក៏លុបចោលភ្លាម រួចផ្ដាច់អ៊ិនធឺណិតភ្លាមដែរ …
បន្ទាប់មកទៀតចូលទៅថត Windows រួចហួសទៅកូនថត System32
រកមើលFILE មួយឈ្មោះ mrt.exe ឃើញហើយចុចវាមួយឬពីរប៉ក
អោយវាដើរ ….គឺវានេះហើយជាកូនកម្មវិធីដើម្បីកំ​ចាត់​សំអា​តនិង
រៀបរយអោយកុំព្យូទ៍រមានដំណើរកា​រជាធ​ម្ម​តាវិញ ដែលពួកម៉ៃក្រូ
Home Premiun ។ តាមតែអ្នកមានពិសោធន៍រៀងៗខ្លួន​និងទៅតាម
ប្រភេទកុំព្យូទ៍រជាមួយនឹងOperating Systemផង មានកម្មវិធីច្រើន
ល្បិចច្រើនបែបណាស់សំរាប់ការពារ​ពួក​ម៉ាល់​វែរ​នេះ មិនអាចថា
មួយណាពូកែដាច់គេទេ …ឧទាហរណ៍ខាងលើជាល្បិច១របស់ខ្ញុំ ។

តែពួកមែឃិងថុសមិនមានវីរុសចូលឆាឆៅ​បានទេ ក៏ជាដំណឹងមួយ​។

សូម Lovepeehs05 បានរីករាយនាចុងសប្តាហ៍នេះ
និងសូមបានសេចក្តីសុខហើយសប្បាយផងដែរ 😀


2. Lovepeehs05 - 22/01/2012

អរគុណ Achharia ដែលបានជួយជាយោបល់ ! នេះជាលើកទីពីរ
លើកទីមួយ មិនអាចបើកកុំព្យូទ័របានទេ ដល់តែក្រុមហ៊នគេបើកអោយ
ហើយជួសជុល តែលើកនេះ ដូចជាខ្លាំងជាងមុន បើកបានតែ សេវម៉ូត
ដឹងហើយ ឃើញហើយ ហ្វែលដែលមានមេរោគនោះ តែលុបមិបានដាច់
ខាត បានហៅទៅក្រុមហ៊ុនៗថាត្រូវតែលុបចោ​លទាំ​ងអស់ ហើយរីសិត
របស់ដើមវាមកវិញ តែរក្សាទុកឯកសារ និងរូបភាព ដែលយើងមានក្នុង
កុំព្យូទ័រទាំងអស់ជាមួយហាដ្រាយខា​ងក្រៅ ខ្ញុំស្មានតែបាត់បង់អស់ទៅហើយ
តែមិនបាត់ទេ ។អានេះវាយប្រហារដូច ព្រឹត្តិការណ៍ ០៩/១១/២០០១ ចឹង !

ចាំមើលព្យាយាមដូច Achharia អោយយោបល់ខាងលើ ។ តែពេលនេះ
អត់មានអីទេ ប្រើអារបស់ដើមវា ដូចដែលទើបទិញកុំព្យូទ័រថ្មីចឹង !

achharia - 22/01/2012

អ្ចឹងស្រួលហើយ ។ អូ៎ភ្លេចប្រាប់មួយទៀត សូមឧស្សាហ៍ធ្វើ
(system)Restore Point ទុកអោយបានញឹកញាប់ផងពេល
ដែលវាកំពុងដើរបានស្រួលៗនោះហើយ …បង្ការពេលមាន
បញ្ហា យើងអាចអោយវាទៅចាប់ផ្ដើមដើរដូចស្​ថាន​ភាព​ស្រួល
បួលដែលបានធ្វើ Restore Point ទុកនាថ្ងៃមុនៗនោះ ។
….តែគេថា ល្បិចទល់ល្បិច នៅមានច្រើនស្នៀតណាស់
បើយើងចេះខូច គេក៏ចេះខិលដែរ ។ ភ្នំមួយខ្ពស់ គង់មានភ្នំមួយ
ទៀតខ្ពស់ជាងហ្នឹង ចេះអែងអោយក្រែងចេះគេ 😀

សូមប្រយ៍ត្នប្រយ៉ែងផង (Take care !)

3. Lovepeehs05 - 22/01/2012

ត្រឹមត្រូវហើយ “ចេះឯងឱ្យក្រែងចេះគេ” តាមពិតអត់ចេះអីទេខាងសន្តិសុខ កុំព្យូទ័រហ្នឹង ពឹងផ្អែកទៅលើ Noton Security តែវាឥតប្រយោជន៍ គេចូល វាយប្រហារវាអត់ដឹងអីអាលីង! អានេះដូចខ្មែរគេថា វាយផ្ការីក ឬ វាយឆ្នាំងបាយ រវល់តែដើរលេងផ្ទះគេ ។

At your blocg I could not write in Khmer Unicode and most of the times when I type it shows ” ? ” question mark, why? I have to hit or type many times before we get one Khmer word. is it they blocked me from writing or something wrong with your setting ?

achharia - 22/01/2012

ខាងខ្ញុំដូចមិនមានបញ្ហាអីទេ សរសេរបានជាធម្មតាតើ ។
ខ្ញុំមិនបាន ដាក់តំរូវ(setting)អ្វិនៅលើប្លកខ្ញុំទេ ប្រហែលមាន
បញ្ហានៅលើ server ទេ …នៅខាង Khmercity ក៏ពួកខាងខ្ញុំមាន
បញ្ហាស្រដៀងគ្នាម្ដងៗដែរ សរសេរចូលពិបាក ចុចបញ្ចូលក៏ពិបាក
នៅទ្រឹង ស្រាប់តែចេញ​ម្ដង២រឺ៣តាមដែលយើងចុចផ្ទួនគ្នា មុនវា
ចាប់យកទិន្នន័យបាន ។ ខ្ញុំមិនប្រាកដទេ ថាមកពីអ្វី !
នេះក៏ជាសញ្ញាថាមាន គេចូលលេង ឃ្លាំមើល ផស់យើងដែរ ដែល
វាដើរយឺតខុសធម្មតា គាំងម៉ៅស៍ គាំងការវាយបញ្ចូល…។ល។

4. Lovepeehs05 - 23/01/2012

បានជួបប្រទះ ប្លុក ៣ ក្នុងភូមិវើដប្រិសនេះ ស្រុកខ្មែរស្នេហ៍ខ្ញុំ គាំងតែម្តង អ្នកនិពន្ធវ័យក្មេង និង អឆ្ឆរិយៈ ប្រហែលមានទៀត…!

??ញចឹ?ង?????ង? ឃ?ញចឹងង

achharia - 23/01/2012

ចុះពីរបន្ទាត់ខាងលើនោះ សរសេរតាមណាបានកើតបានល្អបាន ?
ប្រហែលត្រូវ អ៊ិនស្តាល់ខ្មែរយូនីកូដម្ដងទៀតសា​កមើល ព្រោះខាងខ្ញុំ
នៅតែគ្មានបញ្ហាបែបហ្នឹងទេ គឺមកពីបញ្ហាកើតលើកុំព្យូទ័រដោយខ​្លួ​ន​
ទេ មិនមែនមកពីការដាក់តំរូវអ្វីលើ​ប្លក រឺនៅលើ server ទេ បើអ្ចឹង ។

5. Lovepeehs05 - 24/01/2012

អាពីរជួរខាងលើហ្នឹង ខំវាយអក្សរឬស្រៈ និមួយៗ វាយបីដង ទើបចេញ តែលើកនេះគ្រាន់បើ ។ ប្រហែលមកពីខាងខ្ញុំ ឬ ក៏គេចង់ប្លក់ខ្ញុំកុំអោយ សរសេរដឹង ! Happy Chinese New Year ! Last time, I also had problem with English too. But now it seems to be okeyed. I also have tried with Sroks re it was frozen, but okeyed when clicked out. I tried with Life In Politics was also problem with typing Khmer Unicode.

But own blog is fine and I just put a new post about the original Khmer Rouge documents.

achharia - 24/01/2012

Lovepeehs05 ,




Lovepeehs05 - 25/01/2012

Thanks ! You too !

I have almost completed New Year or Year of the Dragon 2012 Khmer calendar and post in the internet, but my computer was crahsed and postponed. Now, I may finished it. It’s fully of Buddha pictures history calendar from the begining thru the end.

achharia - 25/01/2012

មុខតែស្អាតហើយ …ចាំដល់ធ្វើរួចបានដាក់ចែកចាយ
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