Tuesday, April 28, 2009

5 Tips For Reading Mac Security Stories

Rich Mogull @ TIDBITS.COM posts:

Five Tips For Reading Mac Security Stories

Divided into these topics, it's a good read for any Mac owner.

• Is the Story Based on a Vendor Press Release?

• Is the Story Really New?

• What's the Mechanism of Action?

• Does the Story Defend Mac Security Based Solely on History?

• You Can Do It

I'm asked often, "Did you hear about that new virus that's going around on Macs?" or "Do you think I'm affected by that new virus that's going around?"

Trust me ... when a virus or malware hits the Mac platform it will be international news that you will hear almost as much as the OJ trial about ... people think when I say that ... I'm exaggerating. I may be - but only slightly.

* Thanks to Daring Fireball


I am a lover of children's literature said...

Great post, I agree totally! Most people are just using the Mac security thing to generate hits or fame for themselves. Personally, I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft and others are behind a lot of these Mac insecurity stories. They are getting desperate because the Mac security makes their security look so pathetic.

FYT said...

It is "google-able" fact that Intego does this often - even going as far as uploading copies of Mac software with trojans onto Limewire.