Love it or hate it, OS X users need to exercise increased vigilance.
Soon, even your beloved little Mac laptop will be spending its spare CPU cycles sending out advertisements for Viagra and Cialis.
The recent news of these vulnerabilities in the OS is getting plenty of attention. Some would argue that things are being blown out of proportion. I think there is some lazy journalism, and sensationalism afoot. Yet, like any FUD-storm there is usually some kernel of truth. In this case, this kernel is not so small and insignificant.
A quick review of some critical points:
Secure or Easy-to-Use: Pick one. "Security is a compromise" is a well-known axiom. In an effort to use as little hype as possible I only suggest that now is the time for Mac users to seriously consider anti-virus, personal firewalls, and safe browsing habits. It is the time for Mac sysadmins to develop strong patch management policies. This likely means that a Mac is no longer the no-brainer-choice for what computer to get for your parents.
It would also be simply splendid if Jobs would release his patch clusters on any day other than MS Tuesday.
Feb 24th 2006
1 decade ago