One of the many reasons why people tout Apple products is because they are apparently “virus proof”. The amount of times I’ve heard general consumers saying that they choose a Mac because some sales person told them that they can’t get viruses is ridiculous. This argument has gone on for many years and as I’ve pointed out before, Apple has security through its obscurity. Because OS X is only in the minority (4 or 5 percent) hackers are less likely to waste their resources trying to hack an OS that’s not used by the vast majority.
However not many people know that Windows is in fact more secure than OS X. Researchers from Black Hat will vouch for this. They say that Apple and OS X are not recommended for corporate use unless it’s hidden behind much larger networks within the corporation. Windows and Windows 7 in particular are much more secure when it comes to the corporate environment.
But in fairness to Apple, they have improved leaps and bounds in their security compared to their older operating systems. Their latest operating system OS X Lion makes up a lot of lost ground and has greatly improved security. Yet they still have further to go, according to Black Hat, OS X is much more vulnerable on the network, nearly every OS X server offers weak or broken authentication mechanisms.
Now it’s all very well saying this, but there is also figures to back this up. Over the past three years, 1,151 common vulnerabilities and major bugs have affected Apple products. The number for Windows is slightly higher at 1,325, but bear in mind that Windows owns nearly 90 percent of the market.
On the mobile side of things Apple is doing much better. It’s iOS operating system is pretty much the top of the pack when it comes to security, with Android not doing so great at all. However Blackberry has the best data protection of the lot.