Originally Posted by enjourni
Thank you. And this is so stupid: macdefender is malware, not a virus or whatever. Apple should be educating users that they aren't really in danger, that their mac is safe they just have to remove the program. Instead, they are going to tell people that "yes, macs get malware and you now need anti-malware." .... that's a GREAT idea apple, just KILL the idea that macs are secure why don't you!
I can see a way they can use the MACdefender malware as a way of both educating their consumers and promoting Mac App Store.
1) They inform user that they have to make the conscious choice to install software whose source they are unfamiliar with.
2) They can point users to the Mac App Store and inform them that if they want to be safe they should only install software via the App Store.
PS: What about an option
in Lion in the User Settings to prevent running 3rd-party apps that werent had through the App Store. They could offer a password protected exclusion list for apps like the Office or Photoshop suites thus making it even harder for consumers to run rogue apps. The pop-up the first time you run a new app doesnt seem to do the trick.