Posted 02 June 2011 - 09:19 AM
I use the OS X build in firewall and Little snitch for extra networking security.
Still, the more I use OS X, the more I question the security of it.
I'm very careful which apps and website I use and visit.
I try to keep everything legal as possible, even if this means using a demo.
Yet, I receive more and more spam and other suspicious things every day.
Today someone added me on MSN which I'm 100% sure it's a bot or commercial related bot, so I denied it.
This got me thinking, am I really that safe using OS X online?
I never experienced those problems in Windows.
I hope someone could shed some light on this subject, and not just quote what Apple says about their own OS.
Posted 02 June 2011 - 11:04 AM
Posted 02 June 2011 - 11:19 AM
OS X is partially based on FreeBSD, therefore is Unix like OS in it's core. Unix like OSs are used in networking and other corporate application - an environment where security is top priority. Based on that I suppose it is much more secure then Windows is. Unfortunately it is not 100% fail safe (like any other OS).
That doesn't mean that there is absolutely nothing to be afraid of. Macs become more popular (partially with help of this forum) then it used to be. There were no serious virus attack risks until recently. Few weeks ago I was asked to remove a virus called MacDefender from a MacBook Pro. I was very surprised to hear about a virus on Mac. Sad but true, viruses for mac are now reality.
Posted 02 June 2011 - 12:33 PM
@3.14r2: With the same user stupidity in Windows 7, I've never been bothered with this.
Like I said, I keep a close eye on network traffic, and I prefer to use a demo instead of downloading and cracking without a care in the world. I delete tracking cookies frequently.
I block any or partial network access to software that I'm not familiar with.
Posted 02 June 2011 - 04:20 PM
Few weeks ago I was asked to remove a virus called MacDefender from a MacBook Pro. I was very surprised to hear about a virus on Mac.
Still, from what I've read anyway, it looks like MacDefender will only 'infect' you if you open the door and let it in. The user has to download it, type his administrator password and install it.
I haven't heard of "drive-by" type viruses on OS X, like you can get on Windows, ie the type where you visit a website, click some disguised link and bam you have a virus.
Posted 02 June 2011 - 05:31 PM
Posted 02 June 2011 - 05:35 PM
Posted 02 June 2011 - 05:55 PM
As per above, no OS can protect user from his own stupidity.
Posted 02 June 2011 - 07:27 PM
No, I think relatively few people are aware of anything like that, especially those who download and install MacDefender after being scared by a browser popup that is made to look like a Finder window.
I was being sarcastic
I'm relative new to OS X, and I love it.
It's just that I need to do some basic research before I go all out on OS X.
Posted 03 June 2011 - 11:02 AM
I still feel Mac is safer and to some degree more secure than Windows, because with the Mac malware (so far), you have to install it, there is user interaction, you know it's happening. A lot of the false antivirus malware for windows, installs silently and is almost impossible to get rid of without reinstalling the operating system.
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 02:00 AM
I can live in the biggest, safest, most secure home in the world. If I don't lock the doors, someone can still step right inside. Just be smart online. Best anti-virus you can ever have.
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