Better Mac Testing? How OS security can make AV testing harder

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Anti-malware testing on the Windows platform remains highly controversial, even after almost two decades of regular and frequent testing using millions of malware samples. While Macs have fewer threats there are fewer prior tests on which to base test methodology, so establishing sound mainstream testing is trickier than your might think, not least because so few people have experience of it. But as both Macs and Mac malware increase in prevalence, the importance of testing software that’s intended to supplement the internal security of OS X increases, too. OK. That’s what it says in the abstract for our recent Virus Bulletin paper, but that’s because it happens to be what we think. :)

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