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As much as I dislike apple, I absolutely despise malware creators...They're nothing more than a nuisance and possible security risk.
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post #32 of 74
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Originally Posted by konoii View Post
Now, Mac Defender happens, and show Macs are as unsecure as Windows.
False.

To keep a long post short [because I doubt you'd read it TBH],

No amount of software engineering can fix Stupidity. The weakest link in Linux / Unix [which includes OSX] is the user.

This malware relies on a person believing that Mac Defender is a legit program and giving it the administrative password. IIRC, after that, it just runs at startup and is trivial to remove. No rootkits, no file extension re-association, no registry hijacking.
post #33 of 74
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Originally Posted by ForumViewer View Post
The truth hurts, doesnt it.

At the end of the day, Macs are way more secure than any PC. That's a matter of fact, not opinion.
It all depends on how you measure security. Apple works hard to attract the people who are already gullible enough to install stuff like this on Windows, so you can argue that Apple users in general are already prime targets for socially engineered malware.

Besides, apple bypassed a major part of Linux / Unix security in two ways:

1) No central repository for software
2) Not requiring a file to be given execute permission before being considered executable.
Edited by Bluescreen_Of_Death - 6/1/11 at 5:54pm
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This shouldn't be a problem. The security update included a new process which now updates the virus/malware list stored on the Mac daily. So Apple can easily and quickly update it without having to issue another Mac OS X update.

Ultimately, both Windows and Mac OS X are subject to this kind of malware, it's not a security issue rather user error. And it can't really be fixed.
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The truth hurts, doesnt it.
Have you had a look at my sig, or if you don't believe that, my build log? Its slightly more expensive than anything at Mac.

Really don't understand why some users can't believe other users have critiques against a company.

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At the end of the day, Macs are way more secure than any PC. That's a matter of fact, not opinion.
I don't think Mac is the most secure computer, unless you can prove that? There is always any unconnected computer, or just any *nix box out there.
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Oh ho ho, karma.
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Have you had a look at my sig, or if you don't believe that, my build log? Its slightly more expensive than anything at Mac.

Really don't understand why some users can't believe other users have critiques against a company.



I don't think Mac is the most secure computer, unless you can prove that? There is always any unconnected computer, or just any *nix box out there.
I'd argue that the most secure OS out there is a Linux / Unix box with /tmp and /var mounted on read only partitions and something like SELinux running with a root password thats 16-digit alphanumeric [and closed ports].
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I always find it fascinating that AV programs don't copy the windows registry and secure it away. The moment you get a virus or trojan, it simple loads up its own OS, complete remove the windows files that are traditional infected and replace them with clean ones, followed by a system restore.

I'm yet to see a AV actually solve a problem unless it stops it from the source. SO far, the only one offered by Telus has been able to do so. It behaves much like Chrome.
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But Macs don't get viruses.
It's not a virus, it's a feature.
Seriously though, Ha ha.
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