Mac OS X is Riskiest Operating System
Trend Micro the security company, which released its review report at 2010-end, says that Apple's operating system Mac OS X has been most dangerous for use during 2010 as Apple sought to maintain more than the required secrecy and had a rather tardy cycle of security updates and patches.
Said Trend Micro, during November 2010, Apple dispatched its users an enormously heavy maintenance release of no less than 644.48 MB. The update contained patches to fix several security flaws that emerged during the period from the earlier security bulletin of mid-June 2010.
And while highlighting the update's massive weight, the security company indicated that Apple's obsession with secrecy as well as slow patch cycles, additionally, enhanced the risk of using its products.
Whereas it wasn't known as to how, if at all, potential flaws were abused, it's well perceived that as Mac OS X rises in popularity as well as maintains a high market share, the OS (operating system) will become a comparatively greater profitable target for distributors of malicious programs. Thus Apple may have to take the security of its operating system with greater seriousness during 2011.
Moreover, different companies' security researchers forecast that since Mac OSs are developed with most of the identical methods like the iPhone and iPad, it's expected that as iOS gadgets rise quickly Macs will become susceptible to fresh security flaws. Also, as users lack the comprehension of appropriate safety, they'll be more in danger of identity theft and data leakage, with the result Apple Trojans and botnets will become a common event.
Additionally, Google too was crowned with maintaining the most risky online site because of BlackHat SEO campaigns along with the consequent malware attacks, and advertisements which hosted malicious content. Also, social-networking website Facebook was perceived as the most risky among all the social sites, while the PDF file format was the most dangerous for use. Further, in spite of Microsoft lately trying to make its IE appear as a safe Web-browser, the software giant stated that the runtime environment of IE was especially risky for use, whilst Java is fast tending towards the same.
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