Mac Security Issues Overblown

Posted on Wednesday 22 February 2006

There is a good article over at Wired News on how the current Mac-related security issues are being blown way out of proportion. I agree with the article when it says:

These Mac security holes are a storm in a teacup. They’ve inspired hundreds of stories in the press and even the national network news, but if they were Windows holes, no one would have blinked.

That’s because holes in Windows are routine, business as usual, while it now appears the Mac is under attack thanks to Apple’s brand-new high profile. But this isn’t the case.

Granted, some vulnerabilities in the Mac OS X operating system have been found. But by taking reasonable precautions, there is actually very little risk to the Mac platform in reality. As I have said before, Mac users should be running a firewall, like Intego’s NetBarrier, and a good anti-virus package, like ClamXAV, at a minimum. Good computer security is an on-going, ever-evolving process.


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