mac os x mountain lion security

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by paully13, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. paully13 macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2013
    What are some of the Security weaknesses of mac os x mountain lion?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Why do you ask?

    Is there a specific need or issue you're trying to resolve?

    OSX is very robust with protecting the system and users.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Every OS has vulnerabilities. Whether those vulnerabilities are actually exploited in the real world is another matter. If you practice safe computing, it is extremely unlikely your Mac will ever be compromised.

    Read the What security steps should I take? section of the Mac Virus/Malware FAQ for tips on practicing safe computing.
  4. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    The user is the biggest security weakness. Persuade him to click on that thing, and you've got the system.
  5. mcfx macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2013
    If you're wondering about NSA backdoors then I'm sure they exist in all closed source OSes.
  6. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    IMO probably the biggest weakness is the fact that Apple provided a way to reset the admin password buy simply booting to the Recovery partition. Read about it here. So everybody thinking their data is secured by using a login ID is operating under a false sense of security. If you want a password to protect your data on a Mac you need to turn on Filevault, which is very secure.
  7. starikarp macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2013
    No one OS is secure and no one OS is secure by default. Also UNIX is not immune for viruses but we are lucky because there are not so many or they don't writing them.
    Firewall (pf from OpenBSD) has so many options not just what Apple give you as default and you never now how secure are commercial operating systems...

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