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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Slow News Week(weak)
by kaelodest on Sat 25th Jun 2011 19:34 UTC
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I am very impressed by some of the newer versions of linux. So on a vacation i took one on a test ren for a couple of weeks. I have an old version of Vista as my VM for about 4 years, and that seems stable and secure or at least un infected (also using 0 third-party Anti Virus installed). And of course I use the Mac OS full time and all three of these OS's have a competent driver on board. Heck I insist that the average OSNews reader is similarly immune in this regard.
2 out of those 3 OS's security model steer the user away from the Admin account and Apple misses on that. So a Phishing/Spearfishing attack could work, sometimes wven without a security prompt. but I just do not see them. (in OSX) Moreover while just taking the user out of the Admin account does not fix every vulnerability but these then could not bypass an admin prompt, but it does reduce the Attack Surface.
The Simplest Fact - the Occam's Razor if you will is that anecdotally and empirically the Mac OS has remained thus far, pretty cool as far as malware goes. Hell users have more to fear from a flaky filesystem than they do from external threats.
Of the 3 key OS's the key is not only how to be more secure but how to be reasonably secure without having to be shut out from usability, which makes a user want to bypass security - Vista and 7 still allow me to bypass UAC which I do not see on the Unix/Mac side yet. The Mac is not perfect but it is more useful (out of the box) than Linux, and safer then windows. If I could not afford a Mac, then I would go with Linux. So it is a good thing to look at on a Saturday Afternoon and talk it over in the pub, or on irc in a café or here. On the whole I think that the discussion has moved beyond a flamewar and into a set of best practices.

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