Apple (AAPL), having achieved critical mass in the market place, is about to get hit by the same waves of viruses, worms, trojans and other species of malware that plague the world of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows.
While Microsoft's vulnerabilities might let intruders into the castle, Apple is giving them the keys to the kingdom and rolling out the welcome mat.
Apple also happens to make the world's most popular music devices: iPods. Essentially large hard drives, they also have the potential to deliver all kinds of security threats into any environment, even Windows. Once a virus infiltrates the iPod, plug and play becomes plug and plague. Did anyone really believe the security nirvana for Apple would last? It's now more vulnerable than ever, and things can only get worse.
-- Bob Johnson, CNet, May 2006: "Say Good-Bye to Apple Security?":
apple provides periodic security updates. if you do these updates free from apple, you never need to worry about a virus. a virus has to attach itself to the system file, which is replaced by apple when you do a security update. bye bye virus. this is very frustrating to hackers and that is the reason why hackers have not been targeting the mac. do regularly your security update is my advice.
The reason there have been no viruses on the Mac is that only ahout 20 people on planet earth own Macs (ok, kidding, but you know what I mean). It is not a popular platform to write malware for since one could do a lot more damage with Windows. Since iPhones are now so prevalent we will see a lot more negative press regarding attacks, some of which will be very costly when some hipster on Wall St allows his phone to be hacked in to and your bank accounts are cleaned out. Goodbye iPhone for business purposes.