Macs, Hackers and the Computer Security Game.

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  1. nadirah

    nadirah Registered Member

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    Macs, Hackers and the Computer Security Game

    Posted November 5th at 1:00 am | Tags: Apple, hackers, security |
    technewsworld.com

    “The Macintosh is a tantalizing platform for hackers, especially because of the perception some have that it is bulletproof, perhaps the most secure platform on the market. Yet, such perceptions may not be accurate. Security vendor Internet Security Systems found that there were three times as many vulnerabilities found for the Macintosh in May of this year as there were for Windows.”



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  2. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hello,
    We're back to 12 vulnerabilities versus 14.44 vulnerabilities. Mass propaganda and fear mongering on behalf of share holders. That's why security forums are flooded with Mac users asking for analyses of their HijackThis ... wait, those are Windows users ... with their precious IE.
    Mrk
     
  3. lodore

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    lol you cant blame Microsoft for having tons of users and being a main target.
    also randomly i think microsoft have out done themselfs with the new windows media player 10 its great in my opinion.

    i want tons of people to get macs so they get targeted with all the malware instead and stay with windows then everyone will say i hate apple it has so many security holes.

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  4. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hello,
    I don't like empty talk.
    Mac / Linux ... has had more vulnerabilities than ... I absolutely hate those kind of analyses. They portray ... nothing. It doesn't matter how many or why or where or which - the only thing that matters is if people got infected. And the answer is - Windows users, yes, many, Unix users, no. That's all.
    "Experts" telling me to buy $25 anti-phishing toolbar for my anti-spoofing toolbar is pure propaganda. And to tempt you off the free alternative called Unix, they add that ... it's had as many vulnerabilities as ...
    I'm still waiting for a little .avi that shows a Firefox user clicking something in a browser and then 10 seconds later his homepage is changed and he gets all sorts of icons twinkling in his systray. And this is only Windows.
    So much of the market is based on pure fear mongering, bombarding people with useless statistics that mean nothing. Like comparing Windows and Linux, as if Linux is a single operating system. While there are maybe 10-15 versions of Windows, there are 300-400 versions of Linux, so even if you have 20 times more vulnerabilities than Windows, you're still on equal footing.
    And then ... most of Unix based vulnerabilities are LOCAL and not REMOTE like Windows. Most of these vulnerabilities are less important. And so on and on and on. What you get is money-based propaganda.
    Mrk
     
  5. Devinco

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    You got it right on the money Mrk. :thumb:
    It is nothing but propaganda.
     
  6. aigle

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    U are exactly right but u must not forget market share of Windows and Linux/ Unix/ Macs.
     
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    Market share of servers is a different story, and those are targeted by the better hackers, trust me ;)

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  8. aigle

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    Ah... Ur point is good, never thought in that way.
     
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