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2-28-2010 @ 1:29PM
I have a mac.
2-28-2010 @ 1:39PM
And I use Linux, but that doesn't make me immune to everything in the world. I can still be ARP poisoned, I can still be man-in-the-middled, and yes Virginia there are Linux and Mac viruses. The fact of the matter is that security is a non-trivial problem and you can't expect it to have a trivial solution. You can install good virus-scanning software, practice safe browsing, and yes you can use a Mac or Linux since they present a smaller (and faster moving... and armored...) target but the fact still remains that security is everyone's problem and it can't be solved by any simple fire-and-forget method.
2-28-2010 @ 2:24PM
What I don't understand is why Mac users spend so much time bragging about their computers. Don't you people understand that the reason you don't have these problems is because your user base is so small (Relative to the PC market) it's rarely worth the time of these hackers to hit you guys? Why would you possibly want to change that? One of my best friends uses Macs exclusively, and he does his best to convince others to use PCs. If you guys ever actually 'win' and we all use Macs, all the things you make fun of PCs for will just become Mac problems...
2-28-2010 @ 3:30PM
And that's why we're glad you guys are all still using WinDoze!
2-28-2010 @ 3:31PM
@DavetiI know this is a serious conversation and all... but i lol'd at "I can still be man-in-the-middled'and i also misread the "Virginia" that came afterwards...
2-28-2010 @ 3:33PM
The only mac virus to date came from a pirated version of office 08, so as long as you avoid that you will be... pretty good. But I agree, keep it secret keep it safe as Gandalf would say.
2-28-2010 @ 5:12PM
The only virus, MAYBE (possibly just the only well-known one?). The only way to hack your dataz? Far from it.
2-28-2010 @ 7:11PM
Smug mac users make me laugh. If you run Flash in your web browser you're just as vulnerable as Windows users. Especially when Apple helpfully downgrades it to an older version without telling you - http://www.i4u.com/article26742.html
3-01-2010 @ 4:14AM
Honestly, with computer security where it's at, phishing schemes are almost universally simpler than actually trying to break into a machine.Macs do have a few security advantages over windows, but all it takes is a bit of stupidity or a flash exploit (thanks again Adobe) and the party's over.Macs actually make up a significant portion of the personal computer market, particularly among younger people (~45% of the connections to my University's wireless network come from Macs, and ~40% come from PCs). They don't play too much a role in the business world, though, so they aren't as profitable to design hacking techniques for.
3-04-2010 @ 6:33PM
http://www.downloadsquad.com/2010/03/02/reigning-pwn2own-champion-the-main-thing-is-not-to-install-fla/"He thinks Windows 7 will prove more secure than OS X Snow Leopard this year, in part because it doesn't have Java and Flash enabled by default. Windows' full ASLR (address space layout randomization) also gives it a security advantage."
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