The reign of the Trojan Flashback virus was a humbling moment for a company that, until then, had seemed invincible in the eyes of consumers. Now, a few months after the bulk of attacks, Apple has admitted that, occasionally, its devices may require virus removal.
Hamish Barwick from Computerworld-Australia reports that the technology titan has tweaked its marketing language to reflect that Apple products, while fairly well protected, aren't entirely immune to cyberattacks.
Barwick offers examples of a few key substitutions, such as using the line "Safety. Built in" in place of the bolder "Safeguard your data. By doing nothing." While Apple is apparently still confident in its ability to fend off spyware and viruses, this shift shows that now it will at least allow for the possibility of a system infection.
And, to Barwick, this acknowledgement is a good sign. After all, before Mac repair technicians can tackle a device laden with spyware, they have to be aware of which bots could possibly worm their way onto a Mac or Mobile operating system.
For the moment, the corporation has made a few small strides to increase security, such as issuing a security handbook for its iPhone operating system and enabling the latest upgrade, Mountain Lion, with a security application that restricts what can be downloaded on any Apple device.
Plus, now that the organization is aware of its weaknesses, it may invest in more cybersecurity programs, according to the source. Experts in the field have also reportedly expressed the hope that Apple may reissue security updates for older operating systems, too.
However, Mac users in the area may still find themselves in need of spyware removal. If so, they should call the technicians at Geeks On-site for virus removal in Washington, D.C, as well as Maryland and Virginia.
Apple admits to virus vulnerability