CNN's Seven online-security blunders to avoid - one is a mac

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by bluedevils, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. bluedevils macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2007

    5. Thinking your Mac shields you from all risks

    Yes, Macs are much less susceptible to viruses and spyware than PCs. But surveys show that may breed a false sense of security among Mac owners, who still fall prey to phishing scams at about the same rate as Windows users.

    Until Apple beefs up Safari, Fox recommends using another browser with phishing protection, such as the latest version of Firefox
  2. Sdashiki macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens


    Ill buy that for $1!

    Falling for phishing and all that crap can be done through snail mail and the telephone. Just because its a mac people believe that negates those? Seriously?
  3. wightstraker macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2007
    I think they have a point; mac users do tend to be a little complacent about security.
  4. maxrobertson macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2006
    That's very true. I don't know how many times FireFox has caught phishing for me. I would have never even thought about it. Apple needs to put it back into Safari.
  5. gibbz macrumors 68030

    May 31, 2007
    I would say that until people "beef up" their commonsense, phishing will always be a problem.
  6. GSMiller macrumors 68000


    Dec 2, 2006
    I use Safari BECAUSE it doesn't have that built in phishing garbage. I don't need my computer to babysit me :rolleyes:
  7. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    Common sense = the real app against phising. Even my dearest mother who knows bugger all about anything other than browsing the internet knows what to avoid.

    Also this reminds me that I really hate CNN and it's a crying shame it's the only english speaking channel I can get in our place abroad :mad:
  8. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    but grateful you don't get Fox News
  9. Moof1904 macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2004
    They stole this list from a recent Consumer Reports article...

    And like someone pointed out, if Mac users fall prey to phishing at the same rate as Windows users do and the Windows users have anti-phishing tools, and the Mac doesn't, doesn't that say that the anti-phising tools that the Windows people are using don't really work?

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