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Don?t forget the Mac and Linux users

by minimalist / March 27, 2008 2:48 AM PDT

I really appreciate the in-depth security episodes on the Real Deal (wi-fi, bot nets, etc). But it?s frustrating that no one ever addresses the question of how these issues affect users of systems other than Windows.

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I second that!
by kookjr / March 28, 2008 10:28 AM PDT

Particularly in this area (bots, virus, etc) I have the impression that in the real world, having a Linux computer makes you almost completely safe. I would really like to know if that is true.

With Mac OS X climbing to %10 of desktops, I think its days of safety are numbered.

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I applaud the honesty
by Slikkster / March 29, 2008 11:16 PM PDT
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You've really hit the nail on the head regarding what's "safe". Windows is targeted by and large because of the installation base. There's a lot more "glory" in wreaking havoc with a large number of users. That's the potential downside for the Mac world. As more people adopt the Mac, it will become a more inviting target for nefarious types.

Now, mind you, I'm not making a judgment about OS X's inherent security. I'm just saying that it all goes back to what the bank robber Willie Sutton said when asked why he robs banks. He answered "Because that's where the money is!" More users, more interest by those who would want to exploit them.

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Macs now comprise 21% of US consumer market.
by minimalist / April 3, 2008 1:08 PM PDT
In reply to: I second that!

Its jut matter of time until we'll have to deal with the nastiness that plagues windows users.

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