Three tips to make OS X even more secure

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Jul 28, 2005.

  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    That was a really stupid article.
    Those were the best three tips they could come up with...? :rolleyes:

    First: An admin account is NOT the same as a root account. Even from an admin account you have to enter admin password when making changes to the system.

    Second: What's the point when even anybody with medium knowledge can just restart the machine and wipe the users password with a OS X CD/DVD and then gain access to most things on the machine.

    Third: Network time is OK, but the logs will work even if you manually set the time to 1970.

  3. winmacguy macrumors 68020


    Nov 8, 2003
    New Zealand
    Actually it is only obvious if you have a decent knowledge of OSX. There are a lot of IT guys who wouldnt know that and more than a few PC users who wouldn't know about the procedures.
  4. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    still these are common knowledge too, nothing new here for most of us
  5. Benjamin macrumors 6502a


    Oct 27, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Yeah they didn't even mention firmware pw which imo should be the first thing recommended.
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Haha, and if you really want to secure your data, a better step would be to get your colleagues who still use windows to switch to OS X or Linux. ;)

    In Panther I actually did create a non-admin account, and it didn't seem to do too much and after a while, didn't seem that useful, so I stopped bothering with it. I'm on a private network, behind a hardware firewall and a stealth software firewall, with almost every port blocked... I don't run files from non-trusted sources and I don't use Windows. I think that's quite enough. :)
  7. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    I have a non-admin account for GUESTS to use. But day in day out, I use an admin (NOT root) account. Macs are meant to be used with a single account (admin) by default. Improving on that practice is possible, but I don't see it as vital. Unless, that is, you're feeling gullible and want to make it slightly harder to resist putting in your admin password when some random unknown download asks you for it :p But then again, it will ask that even if you're NOT logged in as admin... and you can DO so even if not logged in as admin. You must simply do the minor extra step of typing your username.

    So extra accounts (for a single person) is needless complexity for most people--but good for guests or kids I think.
  8. xsedrinam macrumors 601


    Oct 21, 2004
    Who are "they"? I was all pumped to find some nice, juicy tips.
  9. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Here are my tips for security, they are almost as awesome and relevant:

    1) Wash your hands after using the restroom

    2) It's not a toy, you'll shoot your eye out.

    3) Don't eat the yellow snow.

    Enjoy your Mac! :rolleyes:
  10. ham_man macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2005
    Now invision Microsoft's security tips...
  11. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Where was that quote from an MS exec, along the lines of, if you want to be adware and spyware free now, and can't wait, perhaps you should look elsewhere? :D
  12. Eric5h5 macrumors 68020

    Dec 9, 2004
    That wasn't an MS exec, that was an Intel guy.

  13. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Oh, yeah, oops. :D
  14. GodBless macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2005
    No tips are offered to make it more secure from hackers meaning that it is already secure enough from hackers by their standards. Their tips just make a better experience for the user. ;)

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