Is Mac More Secure Operating System Than Windows?

By: Harry Johnson

Few things stoke the emotions of computer fans like a good Mac-versus-PC smack down. Macs "could be" as vulnerable as Windows not are as vulnerable as windows.

When you use a Macintosh, or indeed any Unix-based system, it's comforting to know that your computer is more secure than Windows. It is, however, a mistake to equate "more secure" with "invulnerable." Keep in mind that the hacker who does break into your system has more skills than the average script kiddy. And when this happens, what should you be looking for? Let's assume that a malicious hacker wants one of two things:

1.To steal valuable data from your computer, such as credit card numbers or passwords.

2.Access to your system so that they can cover their tracks as they hack into other peoples computers.

In this article I attempted to fight for the Windows operating system, I feel like that article only strengthens my point that Mac's are superior computer system. Why Apple is thought to be so secure is because virus writers would rather target the 90% of the population that have PCs rather than the 10% that are using Macs.

Some of the things that attracted me to a and the stability in terms of security

The only thing in the article against Macs says that Macs "could soon be as vulnerable as Windows machines" not that they are already. Personally I think that "could soon" has a lot to do with the new ability to put Windows on them. OS X remains a secure operating system. Windows on the other hand is a security nightmare. The only way you're going to have security problems on your Mac is if you feel like you have to put a crappy OS (Windows) on it.

It always traces back to Microsoft's untenable policy of maintaining gaps in Windows security to avoid competing with 3rd party vendors and certified partners.

a different approach: What users need is in the box: Anti-virus, anti-spam, encryption, image backup and restore, offsite safe storage through .Mac, and launched. Pretty soon any debate with Microsoft over security can be ended in one round when Apple stands up, says 'launched', and sits back down."

If you think that your machine had been compromised there are tools you can use to scan your system for known root kits such as Root kit Hunter and chkrootkit. Root kit Hunter runs on OS X and chkrootkit does work on BSD-based systems, but not specifically OS X. These tools look for evidence of root kits by a variety of means, but are in part based around the idea of checking the size, permissions, and checksum of a known target file or program, such as ls, with a database of known good values.

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