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Mac Users Their Own Worst Enemy?

Tue Feb 21, 2006 8:34 pm

Let's see what Klaus has to say in response to this article  Wink

http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/securit...nemy_/0,2000061744,39239389,00.htm
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RE: Mac Users Their Own Worst Enemy?

Tue Feb 21, 2006 8:45 pm

You cant allow a user access to a computer AND secure that computer totally at the same time.

Its impossible. Stupid users will always exist, its a fact.
 
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RE: Mac Users Their Own Worst Enemy?

Wed Feb 22, 2006 6:44 am

It's about the equivalent of someone mailing you a gun in the hope that you might shoot your own foot off with it (yeah, some people actually might!).

By comparison, Windows users live in a neighbourhood where drive-by shootings and random bombings are a normal part of daily live, grudgingly suffered by the increasingly unnerved population...
 
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RE: Mac Users Their Own Worst Enemy?

Wed Feb 22, 2006 7:02 am




Quoting Klaus (Reply 2):
By comparison, Windows users live in a neighbourhood where drive-by shootings and random bombings are a normal part of daily live, grudgingly suffered by the increasingly unnerved population...

Unnerved? The citizens wouldn't be unnerved....they'd simply resign themselves to the fact that drive-by shootings and random bombings are commonplace, and accept the resulting lifestyle as the norm.




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Braniff727
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RE: Mac Users Their Own Worst Enemy?

Thu Feb 23, 2006 3:05 am

Well as a proud Mac OS X user, I can tell you that security is on my mind, but fortuneatly none of the threats to date can just happen unless you take some action.

The biggest threat is with Safari. OS X v. 10.4.5 defaults an option to open "Safe" files on download completion. These "Safe" files include PDFs, Photos and Compressed files like ZIP, and DMG. The issue is that someone can imbed a shell script that opens Terminal.app and does something bad.

The workaround until Apple fixes this?

1. Don't download things from sites you don't trust.
2. Disable the setting in Safari by clicking Safari > Preferences > General and uncheck the box.
3. Before opening a file that you have downloaded, click the item once and press Command (Apple) + I to get info. If the file Kind isn't what you expect, you should delete the file immediately.
See http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=108009 for more information from Apple.
4. Do not use Peer to Peer (P2P) clients like Limewire or BitTorrent as they may send infected files.

It's all about common sense as the article explains, but I'm sure in true Apple fashion they will send out a fix to save us from ourselves.
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zbrox
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RE: Mac Users Their Own Worst Enemy?

Thu Feb 23, 2006 3:21 am

re Mac and security:
Been a Mac user since -87.
Had a bunch of viruses. CDEV i think they where called.
Back in -88....

The following 17 years have been cool...

(have 7 of them at home and in office now)

Never had to learn how to re-install my OS...

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