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Apple quietly stops touting the fact that it has a virus-free platform

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The half-a-trillion dollar company finally admits that its software isn't bulletproof

It's been one of the key selling points of Macs for years: Computers made by Apple simply don't get viruses, right? Well, unfortunately, recent computer virus outbreaks (yes, that's outbreaks with an "S") have proven Macs to be vulnerable, and as a result, Apple is quietly scrubbing its site of its anti-viral claims.

Formerly, the Apple website featured a section entitled "It doesn't get PC viruses," that included the line, "A Mac isn't susceptible to the thousands of viruses plaguing Windows-based computers." Now, however, the site section has been changed to simply read "It's built to be safe," and touts the built-in defenses the Mac has against viruses.

It seems somewhat obvious that the Flashback virus that targeted the OS X operating system was the final straw for the Apple marketing department, but certainly, it isn't the only problem facing Macs and Mac users. According to computer security company Sophos, nearly one in five Macs are infected with Windows malware, even if the unwanted code has no effect on the computers' performances.

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[via Wired]

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This article was written by Fox Van Allen and originally appeared on Tecca

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