"After years of boasting about the Mac's near invincibility, Apple is now advising its customers to install security software on their computers. Apple — which has continually played on Windows' vulnerability to viruses in its advertising campaigns — issued the advice in a low-key message on its support forums. 'Apple encourages the widespread use of multiple antivirus utilities so that virus programmers have more than one application to circumvent, thus making the whole virus writing process more difficult.' It goes on to recommend a handful of products."
Throughout the years, as I advocated for harsh penalties for hackers, the inevitable response was to get a Mac or LINUX system, on the assumption that these platforms were magically immune to the viruses that the "obviously inferior" Windows system could not deal with.
I pointed out that hacking was a numbers game, that virus writers wrote for Windows machines simply because there were more of them and that worms and viruses had actually begun on UNIX (the forerunner of LINUX) then moved to Windows when they became more numerous. I further warned that as Macs grew in number, it would be inevitable that virus writers would start aiming their evil wares at them, and Macs would prove no less vulnerable to malware than any other box.
And here we are, with Apple now telling Mac users it is time to pony up the extra cash for added security, which by the way will also slow down your Macs and mac them less easy to use.
So, as I have been saying all along, the problem isn't the platform, it is the criminals.