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The old adage about there being "safety in numbers" no longer applies, at least not in the world of IT security. Microsoft platforms are not only the most widespread, but also the most attacked. About that much, most -- but not all -- commentators agree. The mi2g Intelligence Unit issued three bulletins recently. One suggested that direct attacks on Linux-based servers were on the rise and had for the first time outstripped those directed at Microsoft platforms. Microsoft systems were still found to be the major targets of malware.
"...,DiDio concluded. "Don't even argue those merits. Every piece of software that is connected is potentially vulnerable and at risk." I agree that human error will continue to render systems unsecure, any connected system could be probed or receive DOS attacks and systems running applications that have glaring vulnerabilities will be vulnerable.
So what is the point in saying something so glaringly obvious akin to "people who stand in the rain are likely to get wet, even if they have an umbrella?
In practice, Mac OS X 10.3.3 is the most secure system for mass market personal computers and servers, when compared to other OS such as Microsoft XP. This is a fact which has nothing to do with "obscurity", but all to do with OS architecture and built-in software firewalls.
I won't deny there are vulnerabilites with Mac OS X, but most of these concern theoretical threats for certain configurations in very specific settings and they are patched more swiftly by Apple than any on XP by Microsoft.
Over 60'000 assorted "Windows" viruses compared to zero Mac OS X virii speaks volumes. There will surely be a Mac OS X virus in the future, probably based on some applescript that some dumb user will choose to install and expressly authorise on his system, but there is not much inherently insecure with Mac OS X.
In summary, I completely disagree with DiDio. Either she demonstrates a lack of expertise or the article was badly written, stiching out-of-context citations together for pure sensationalism.
I assume this is meant as a joke article? No!
If it's supposed to be serious then it's a farce. Pure FUD. A pack of lies. Worthy of Iraq's information ministers derision.
If an OS gets all the viruses and is perpetually broken into millions of times a day - Windows anything - then it is inherantly and in Windows case utterly insecure. Anyone who has a passing familiarlity with Windows knows it is unfixable as is and can only begin to have some security by starting from scratch with virgin code and no Microsoft coders. So enjoy the trip because as long as you use Windows you are 100% screwed. All the FUD you are shoveling on other OS here are simply a pack of lies.
Linux is much more secure than Windows and has less successful breaches by a few orders of magnitude than Windows anything.
Mac os x has NEVER had a virus nor breach so that makes it INFINITELY more secure than anything else, PERIOD. Its been in use by tens of millions for several years and still nothing. Lying doesn't change those facts.
You can make all the felicious arguments about how many morons you can get to repeat your lies while sitting on the head of a pin, but in the end in practice the FACTS are:
1. Windows = 100% certainty of breach in very short period of time, like days or more likely minutes.
2. Mac os x = no beaches EVER of any kind in tens of trillions of attemps, perpetrated on ten million computers over several years.
If this logic escapes you, if its truth isn't self evident, then you're one of the morons shilling for this article or you haven't the competance to use a keyboard.
Because someone has to help the clueless
Mac OS X is still very insecure by design, because of its lack of proper permission compartmentalization and propagation. In Mac OS X (as well as in Linux, Windows and the BSDs) every program you run can still do whatever you (as a user) can. This means that a little game you download and run can read all your files, including your address book, your love letters and any other secret files (perhaps some browser cache containing your visa number), and send it over the internet. In a properly designed system (e.g. KeyKOS, EROS) this would never happen.
Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and other equally clueless monkeys apparently don't realize the obvious fact that programs aren't either "completely trusted" or "not trusted at all", but almost always something inbetween. Some programs are trusted for some things and other programs for other things. (E.g. the editor used to compose those love letters is not trusted to access the network at all, and the game you downloaded isn't trusted to read any of your documents.)
> Mac os x has NEVER had a virus nor breach so that makes
> it INFINITELY more secure than anything else, PERIOD.
Is that sarcasm? By that logic any obscure OS that no one uses would be equally secure, because none of the very few users using it have written a virus for it or tried to break into it. This is of course nonsense. The level of security is what it is regardless of how many successful or unsuccesful attempts there have been to break it.
If you want to know real security I suggest you look up basic info on capability-based security and POLA.
I have to agree with Clue Giver - there has never been a breach of Mac OS X so it IS the definitive secure OS. But, the IT world MUST use the specious and flimsy argument about how little Mac OS X is used because otherwise, they look like bleeding idiots for having spent the billions they spent on Windows and Microsoft Server.
IT professionals are the ones that made the choices, spent the money, got on the MS band wagon so any admission about Microsoft being a bad OS as opposed to being a security risk due to its ubiquitous position would just confirm their status as the amateurs most of them are. So, you will never see anyone in the IT community come out and say that Mac OS X is a better OS than Windows because it would not serve their personal interest or credibility.
Remember as well that the inherent problems with Windows are GOOD for the industry - it expands and grows to control the problems. But the real value-add parts of business suffer because IT commands so much investment now just to keep it secure and operating.
Remember the 2000 date issue? Macs didn't have that problem. Billions had to be spent the world over because IT professionals had no vision in the 60's, 70's and 80's to ensure that the turn of the century wouldn't stop computers around the world.