An online poll of 355 computer users by security firm Sophos shows that 93% believe Mac is set to become a big target for hackers and malware writers, sending shivers up the spine of any Mac user that still believes they’re invulnerable to the security threats that plague Windows PCs.
The discovery of the first ‘financially motivated’ malware for Mac OS X has encouraged Sophos to conduct an online poll between the 29th January and the 7th of February 2008, with the unsurprising result that most think 2008 will be open malware season for the venerable Mac platform.
Apple have been very proactive with their iPhone and iPod Touch updates, regularly delivering new updates and fixes, while also foiling the iPhone hacks that allow anyone to use their iPhone with any GSM telco. Now an online ‘hint’ has appeared suggesting 1.1.4 firmware may well be arriving soon, perhaps alongside the soon to be unveiled iPhone SDK.
Mac news website ‘Macenstein’ has uncovered evidence of an iPhone software developer specifically mentioning the as yet unavailable 1.1.4 firmware for the first time.
According to market research firm In-Stat, over 400,000 of Apple's iPhone product are being used with the China Mobile provider despite the lack of availability of iPhone in China and breakdown of talks between the two companies. The company sold 3.7 million iPhones in 2007, and there was a noticeable gap between the number of units sold and those that were activated by providers in the U.S. and Europe that Apple holds exclusive deals with.
Apple's MacBook Air is currently the only Mac that offers enhanced multitouch trackpad support, but that could change with nothing more than a software upgrade. An Apple spokesperson confirmed that the feature is software-based, meaning it could be added to current MacBook and MacBook Pro models through a software update, according to T3.
PGP is planning to release a version of its whole disk encryption software for Apple Macintosh computers running OS X.
Jon Callas, PGP's chief technology officer, told ZDNet.com.au sister site CNET news.com on Monday that the software is "in active development" and will run on Intel-based Macs. However, Callas didn't want to elaborate on a shipping date.