89% say they would tell Mac-using friends to install anti-virus, poll reveals

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Just over a week ago we ran a poll on the Sophos Facebook page asking folks if they would now recommend that friends and family install anti-virus software.

89% of the 968 people who answered the poll said yes, they would recommend friends install anti-virus software on their friends’ Macs. Just 104 respondents answered no.

Now, of course, people who have joined Sophos’s page on Facebook are likely to have a higher-than-average interest in computer security, and we can’t claim it’s a scientific poll – but it’s worth realising that we asked this question before the latest revelations about how the latest Mac fake anti-virus malware has evolved to not require users to enter their passwords.

From what I’m seeing in comments online, and the increasing number of home users downloadin…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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