By Joe Kissell

Your crucial, no-holds-barred advisor to Mac protection threats and strategies

fable #1: Macs are more secure than computers. probably not, says writer Joe Kissell, named one among MacTech's "25 such a lot Influential humans" within the Mac neighborhood for 2008. during this well timed advisor, he not just takes you past the myths, he additionally delves into the nitty-gritty of every capability probability, aiding you weigh the professionals and cons of the strategies you may opt for. learn how to degree probability as opposed to inconvenience, make knowledgeable judgements, and guard your Mac pcs, your privateness, and your facts with this crucial advisor.

  • Explains the protection threats to Macs, together with information in transit out of your electronic mail or community, and malware reminiscent of viruses, worms, and Trojan horses; those threats, previously the unique fear of workstation clients, now more and more threaten Macs
  • Explores actual safeguard and obstacles, software program settings, third-party options, and extra
  • Shows Mac OS X clients find out how to increase and implement safeguard rules
  • Covers defense for home windows operating on a Mac with Boot Camp, virtualization software program akin to Parallels machine or VMware Fusion, and extra

examine the complete variety of innovations you must deliberate to make your Mac secure.

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By extension, they can protect your money, your business, and other important assets by preventing other people from accessing information about bank accounts, confidential legal documents, and so on. 10 Chapter 1: Mac Security Overview Because privacy is the ultimate goal of so much computer security, this book covers both topics, even in cases where they don’t necessarily overlap. What counts as security here is anything that helps keep your computer and its information strictly under your control.

Because these haven’t been released into the wild and weren’t intended to cause actual damage, they don’t count, but they do illustrate the fact that a potential threat exists. And finally, if you use Boot Camp or a virtualization program such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion to run Windows on your Mac, you also have the capability of running thousands of Windows viruses! So, in a sense, any such virus would be running on a Mac, although it wouldn’t be running natively under Mac OS X. So, does malware exist on Mac OS X?

Some people, however, do need to worry about it — namely, those with extremely sensitive information on their computers or who work in industries such as banking, where the threat of attack is especially high. Cross-Ref For more on the extent of wireless threats and how to address them, see Chapter 16. n Either way, the general principle holds: On the Internet, your Mac is just a computer, and if someone can eavesdrop on your network connection, the type of computer you’re using doesn’t, by itself, change anything.

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