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Sophos poll underlines virus threat to Mac

Not so safe any more, those ivory towers?

A stunning 79 per cent of computer users believe that Macs will be targeted more often in the wake of the Leap-A Trojan.

A web poll of over 600 computer users conducted by security experts at Sophos following the discovery of the malware revealed the concerns.

"However, over half of those polled said they did not believe the problem would be as great as for Windows," Sophos said.

"The bad news is that most people think the situation is going to get worse for Macintosh users, and more threats will be targeted against the Apple community. The good news is that most don't believe it will ever be as big a problem as the one Microsoft Windows faces," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos.

"What's perhaps surprising is that there is a hardcore element of 21 per cent who believe that threat attempts against Mac users will not grow."

"The correct response is to remain calm and take sensible measures to protect your Macs in future," continued Cluley. "Mac users cannot keep thinking that they are invulnerable to these threats."

This story first appeared on Macworld.co.uk


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