Protecting your PC or Mac

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Nov 7, 2005.

  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. hob
    macrumors 68020


    Oct 4, 2003
    London, UK
  3. macrumors 68020


    Nov 8, 2003
    New Zealand
    A lot of work just to do your online financial trading:( to avoid having your funds emptied:eek:
    Of course if your a Mac user none of that would happen!:cool: :D
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2005
    MacRumors: Forums
    For obvious reason, they PC users have more things to worry about than us in the Mac environment. ;)
  5. macrumors 68020

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    That article is dated August 24, 2005. Why is it being linked to on Monday, November 7th from MacBytes?
    And why was the title changed for the link? The article is titled just "Protecting your PC".
  6. macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2005
    I suspect a conspiracy involving the US President and the entire federal government...
  7. macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2004
    Channel Islands
    I imagine it was because the article covers protecting Macs as well and 'we' don't like to call our computers PCs...even though they (technically) are.

    Isn't it weird how PC is the assumed abbreviation for IBM-PC?

    Oh - I also think the date thing is because people post to MacBytes when they find an article, and that then gets added on at that time. Hence although the article was written in August, it wasn't posted to Macbytes until the 7th. You get that with a lot of the articles that are linked to on MacBytes.
  8. macrumors 68020


    Nov 8, 2003
    New Zealand
    Altough the article is "old" it is linked to a current article about the rising issue of identity theft and financial loss on Quote "PCs" although when they talk about "security measures" for your PC they include Macs as well which would lead 95% of the "uninformed" public to believe that Macs are as insecure as PCs. I added the "and Macs" to the header since they are refered to in the start of the article. I also emailed the writter of the article and let her know that Macs are actually more secure and should be included as a security solution to the problem of identity theft.:)
  9. macrumors 68040


    Jan 7, 2004
    Purcellville, VA
    This article is equally applicable to Macs, PCs, UNIX systems, and all other computers.

    1. Patching and updating - everything has bugs. Everything with network access can have security holes. The fact that hackers tend to exploit holes on some systems more than others doesn't change anything. The only computers that don't need updating are those that aren't attached to a network.
    2. Wi-Fi security. This is OS-independent. If your base station is insecure, it really doesn't matter what kind of computers you have attached. Even if someone doesn't break into your computer, they can still access the internet through your account and get you into a lot of trouble. (What do you think will happen if someone uses your connection to commit crimes and the FBI traces it all to your home?)

      The reported "evil twin" attack is equally possible on all OS's. Anything that is not encrypted can be intercepted when you're on a public network. (Wi-Fi or otherwise.)
    3. Backups. If you believe your hard drive can't fail, then you're a fool. And if you've never accidentally installed or deleted something you did want to add/remove, then you're more careful than everybody else in the world.
    4. Being suspicious. Macs aren't as vulnerable to virusses, because there is very little malware available, but it's still possible to get your system trashed if you're not careful.
    5. File sharing. Again, Macs are not immune. Recall, for instance, a piece of malware that was pretending to be a Microsoft Word for Mac OS installer.

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