Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Sat 25th Jun 2011 08:55 UTC, submitted by John
Mac OS X "Using a Mac may certainly be a safer choice for a lot of people as despite being vulnerable they are not targeted. However this is not the same as Macs being secure, something Eric Schmidt erroneously advised recently. I may be able to browse impervious to malware on a Mac at the moment, however I personally would not be comfortable using a platform so easily compromised if someone had the motivation to do so. In this article I address just why OS X is so insecure including the technical shortcomings of OS X as well as Apples policies as a company that contribute to the situation."
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Just another article
by wocowboy on Sat 25th Jun 2011 11:42 UTC
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The referenced article is an interesting read, but ultimately means nothing to the average consumer. All OS's are far more secure now than they were a few years ago. We are no longer hearing about outbreaks of such things as the Melissa, Storm Worm, Mydoom, Nimda, Sobig, I Love You, and the thousands of others that wrought havoc back then.

And while I do agree that OS X might be "insecure", and even "Horribly Insecure" as the author suggests, there has still to date been NO outbreak of a virus or malware of the scale of any of the above-mentioned viruses that has affected Mac computers.

One can say it is due to there only being a very few Apple computers out there and they are not targeted, but there are millions more now than there were back in even 2000, and yet there have been no attacks. I don't buy this argument at all. I think the simple fact that you have to enter an Administrator password for these things to gain access to your Mac is a pretty good deterrent against a widespread attack. I may be wrong, but I think Mac users are pretty wise to such tactics.

One can ramble all one wants to about technical shortcomings, architecture flaws, anything you want as a reason an OS is "insecure", but the fact there are and has never been, any attacks, trumps all that hoohaa.

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