Apple to Leopard Users: Too Bad For You

   Imagine the uproar that would occur if a Windows vulnerability were uncovered that impacted all versions of Windows, yet Microsoft only provided a patch {Chapter 3 Security+ 3ed} for Windows 7.  Users of all previous versions--Vista, XP, and even Windows 2000--would be still vulnerable but had no protection.  I would suspect that the technology community would be irate over Microsoft's actions, and with good reason.

     Well, that is exactly what Apple is doing.

   In response to the fake security scams (see May 26 2011 blog) Apple is offering an operating system update that warns users they have downloaded the malware and then disinfects the computer.  However, this security update is only available for users of Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard).  Users that have older versions of Mac OS X, such as 10.5 (Leopard), will not receive the same protections.  And how many Apple users are left out in the cold with vulnerable computers and no protection?  By one estimate from Net Applications, almost 1 out of every 3 Mac users run a version of Mac OS other than 10.6.

   So Apple is ignoring the security needs of 30% of its users.  

   Stay secure!

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