A security primer for Mac OS X

Thursday, 26 February 2004, 11:23 AM EST

The recent security issues that have affected Windows users have led the media--and sometimes even Mac-specialized publications--to talk about the shortcomings of the Windows security scheme and to provide surprisingly detailed advice.

So far, Mac users indeed have been luckier. Mac OS X is relatively secure out of the box, and Apple has been good about providing easily installable security updates as needed.

Unfortunately, some Mac users forget that security is more than just applying the occasional patch. It is a continuously evolving quest that requires additional steps to make their systems more secure. Luckily, the Unix foundation of Mac OS X, Darwin, has provided us with powerful tools that we can leverage to help our computers remain secure in an otherwise dangerous world.

In this article, I'll take a hands-on approach to what I call "security through common sense," the basic security steps that every single Mac user should take.

By Francois Joseph de Kermadec at MacDevCenter.

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