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MacBytes
Jan 17, 2006, 01:33 PM
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Category: Mac OS X
Link: Mac security concerns answered (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20060117143347)
Description:: Technology commentator Bill Thompson responds to the feedback he received over his column suggesting that Mac users are too smug about computer security.

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kiwi-in-uk
Jan 17, 2006, 03:33 PM
A fairly open response (and credit to him for that).
Also a fairly clear argument, and one that has been aired a large number of times here, that Mac owners do need to take precautionary measures.

iIra
Jan 17, 2006, 09:53 PM
I appreciate that he addressed some of the issues with his first column, but he still seems to be saying that we're irresponsible for not having any viruses.

shamino
Jan 18, 2006, 06:05 PM
I appreciate that he addressed some of the issues with his first column, but he still seems to be saying that we're irresponsible for not having any viruses.
I didn't get that impression.

Many Mac users, however, are irresponsible for having the cavalier (and incorrect) attitude that it is impossible to get a virus.

As he wrote, there is no need to purchase or install extra security software. There is, however, still a need to keep your system up to date with the latest updates and to practice responsible computing (e.g. don't download or attempt to open strange attachments.)

I think most of us know this, but there are many Mac-zealots who will crucify you for stating this obvious fact. (And for all I know, I'm about to become the victime of them for writing this message.)

dodonutter
Jan 19, 2006, 01:14 PM
There's a podcast with Bill thompson being interviewed about the 'Intel in Macs' story on the BBC website here (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/1478157.stm) if anyone is interested.

Also an interview with David Fanning, the editor of Macworld UK. Sounds like hes well placed in the editors chair because he sums things up nicely