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Stark98

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#1 11 years ago

Im making a paper about firewalls. I wanted to make a comparison of windows security and apple security. How is it, that apple isnt vulnerable for spyware. Does apple has a firewall? etc... thanks m8's.




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#2 11 years ago

I believe the reason why apple is more resistaint to viruses is because noone has yet to borthered trying to hack the code




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#3 11 years ago

captain, i dont think my boss will be glad to see this written in the paper :D but enfin thanks for the answer.




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#4 11 years ago

heh :P its the only answer I can give you ;D

but you could try to contact apple, Im sure they could give you some answers.




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#5 11 years ago

Why write a virus that would only affect 10-15% of computer users when they can infect Windows and hit 75-80% of them? If OSX and Windows had their marketshare switched you'd see tons of viruses hitting Apple instead.


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#6 11 years ago

I would tend to agree there, I don't know much about what apple has running under it's hood, but it is just a matter of Windows having more users.

I use linux, and people claim it is immune to viruses, but if it was popular even it could be gotten. The success however, is debatable.




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#7 11 years ago

OSX is powered by Darwin BSD, which is a UNIX fork - this is a major factor as to why it's so secure, since its underpinnings were built with security in mind.

The fact that Windows holds a > 80% market share, whilst also having more holes than Swiss cheese might also have something to do with it.




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#8 11 years ago

Rookie;4006741OSX is powered by Darwin BSD, which is a UNIX fork - this is a major factor as to why it's so secure, since its underpinnings were built with security in mind.

The fact that Windows holds a > 80% market share, whilst also having more holes than Swiss cheese might also have something to do with it.

Yes, Mac is secure enough against script kiddies that just use real hackers programs to do the dirty work when they have absolutely no skill.

Larger companies and especially government systems are hacked daily, and almost all of them are not using Windows servers. Clients, maybe.. but certainly not servers. Windows may have holes, but hackers have time and determination.


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#9 11 years ago

Well, the Mac Operating Systems were indeed created with security in mind, and that is one of the main causes of why Macs aren't the majority of home computers. In order to have security, you have to sacrifice ease of programing and perhaps the ability of the programs. The same loop holes which allow viruses to work their magic on your computer, also allow programmers to make their programs easily. Now If Microsoft would just test their operating systems, and test the updates for the bugs, and test the updates that fix the updates, you'd have a reasonable operating system. I just don't see why a giant company like Microsoft can't manage to test a product that will be shipped to millions worldwide.




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#10 11 years ago
n0e;4006783Yes, Mac is secure enough against script kiddies that just use real hackers programs to do the dirty work when they have absolutely no skill. Larger companies and especially government systems are hacked daily[/quote] Of course, no system is fireproof. *nix systems simply take more time and effort to compromise compared to a server running, for example, Win2K3. [quote=n0e;4006783]and almost all of them are not using Windows servers. Clients, maybe.. but certainly not servers.

Yes, and for a very good reason - that being that Windows Server is merely a desktop operating system with some extra networking libraries bolted onto the end of it. Windows was never designed for heavy network usage - hell, it wasn't designed for networks at all at one point, which is why it compares less favourably with an OS kernel that was purpose built for managing communications services.




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