Apple changes OS X security messages

In the wake of the which targeted Mac computers, Apple has removed a statement from its messages on its that Mac operating system X (OS X) isn't susceptible to viruses.

Apple removed the previous statement "It doesn't get PC viruses" and replaced it with "It's built to be safe", and "Safeguard your data. By doing nothing" with "Safety. Built in". A comparison of the old and new messages is currently available .

According to Sophos US senior technology consultant Graham Cluley, this is a sign that Apple is starting to take security seriously.

"I view the changes in the messages pushed out by their marketing department as some important baby-steps," he wrote in a blog entry.

"Let's hope more Apple Mac owners are also learning to take important security steps--such as installing anti-virus protection."

In addition to changing its marketing messages, Apple has released a for the iPhone operating system iOS and announced in February that OS X 10.8, or Mountain Lion, would include a new feature called that would restrict which applications users can install on their devices.