Apple computers still offer a safe refuge for computer users looking to evade the onslaught of online threats, security vendor Sophos advised in a Security Threat Management Report.
Earlier this year the first malware for Apple's OS X operating system surfaced and security researchers have started to inspect that software security with increased scrutiny. The application however has stand its ground, Sophos claims.
OS X malware "has not spread in the wild and not heralded an avalanche of new malicious code for Apple's operating system."
"Hackers remain happy to primarily target Microsoft Windows users and not spread their wings to other platforms. It seems likely that Macintosh will continue to be a safer place for computer users to be for some time come."
The security vendor was less optimistic about the forthcoming Windows Vista.
Malware writers will likely have to re-asses their techniques because of changes in the operating system, but that won't stop them from targeting the software.
"It may just be a matter of time before the bad guys learn enough about Vista to build rootkits or other malware with the equivalent degree of stealth capability."
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