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Vincent Ferrari
04-22-2009, 09:00 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://db.tidbits.com/article/10218' target='_blank'>http://db.tidbits.com/article/10218</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"Some days it seems the entire world is waiting with bated breath for the eventual fall from grace of the long-vaunted Macintosh security. From industry publications to the mainstream press, even the slightest Mac security hiccup spurs an onslaught of articles, debates, and even the occasional cable news headline. Some stories declare us invulnerable to attacks, while others give the impression that by the time you jump up from your armchair and rush to your Mac, it will already be infected and funneling your life's savings and family photos to Nigerian spammers. For us Mac users it can be difficult to discern the lines between truth, hype, and outright fantasy."</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/at/auto/1240405968.usr18053.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>Great article, and frankly as a Mac user you need to have a pretty good BS detector when it comes to security stories.&nbsp; As of right now there are <strong>zero</strong> viruses in the wild for the Mac.&nbsp; If you engage in high-risk behavior such as downloading warez, you're going to be the victim of malware and other maladies just like you would on any platform.&nbsp; The difference is that there just isn't the volume of danger for Mac users, yet.&nbsp; Despite the best efforts of "security experts" to paint things otherwise, one or two Mac infections does not even come <strong>close</strong> to what our Windows brethren put up with.</p><p>That's not opinion, it's fact.&nbsp; Read the article for help in honing your BS detector; I found these tips particularly good for new switchers who don't really know how different things really are.</p>