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Mac OS X is the Most Dangerous OS

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The security experts at Trend Micro have crowned Apple's Mac OS X as the riskiest operating system to be used based on the long patch cycles. There was a huge 644 MB patch sent out last November, five months after the previous patch. Trend Micro pointed at the sheer size of the update, but noted that " Apple’s penchant for secrecy and longer patch cycles also increased the risk for users."

There was not any more information for the honor, but we would think that Apple may be anyway at greater risk as Mac OS X is capturing greater market share and popularity. Security, and is especially the perception of a secure operating system, may be something that Apple will have to take much more serious in 2011.

Trend Micro also mentioned WordPress as the most dangerous software of 2010, IRC as the most dangerous IP protocol, Google as the most dangerous website due to its gateway role to malware threats, Facebook as the riskiest social network site, PDF as the worst file format, IE as the most dangerous runtime environment, the web browser as the main malware infection channel, and CO.CC as the most dangerous top-level domain.    

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    wildwell , January 3, 2011 10:29 PM
    ... and riding in a car is the riskiest way to travel
    ... and buying food instead of growing or raising it yourself is the riskiest way to eat

    I guess I should just unplug my computer and find a bomb shelter to hole up in for the rest of my life.
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    christop , January 3, 2011 10:45 PM
    Trend Micro sells fear... wait we have something that will protect you... Good one.
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    joytech22 , January 3, 2011 10:44 PM
    I remember when flame wars happened here daily, and Apple fan's would flame about Windows security flaws.

    NOW look who's laughing, you're exposed to threats for months at a time.
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    tonitelaoag , January 3, 2011 10:06 PM
    if all these are true, what else can we do online besides watching youtube videos? i'de rather do what i usually do, get on with it and if my system got infected, reformat and reinstall everything oh wait, i have the image of my clean boot drive so no worry for me. mac osx is just my second drive just to try exclusive apps releases, win7 is my main bread and butter, nothing beats it period
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    wildwell , January 3, 2011 10:29 PM
    ... and riding in a car is the riskiest way to travel
    ... and buying food instead of growing or raising it yourself is the riskiest way to eat

    I guess I should just unplug my computer and find a bomb shelter to hole up in for the rest of my life.
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    joytech22 , January 3, 2011 10:44 PM
    I remember when flame wars happened here daily, and Apple fan's would flame about Windows security flaws.

    NOW look who's laughing, you're exposed to threats for months at a time.
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    christop , January 3, 2011 10:45 PM
    Trend Micro sells fear... wait we have something that will protect you... Good one.
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    cybr , January 3, 2011 10:59 PM
    The most risky thing to own is a computer due to it's susceptibility to viruses, etc etc.
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    geniusreddy , January 3, 2011 11:15 PM
    tonitelaoagif all these are true, what else can we do online besides watching youtube videos?

    Technically can't even do that since YouTube is a Google site lol.
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    house70 , January 3, 2011 11:36 PM
    It's all about the user, in the end...
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    THE_Ted , January 4, 2011 12:45 AM
    Mac OS X isn't currently nor has it been targeted by viruses or malware. This isn't because it is magically immune but because, at least so far, it hasn't had enough users to make it a target. But the idea of judging it based upon patch cycles when it wasn't under attack is ridiculous. There is no way to determine how well or how poorly Apple would crank out the patches if security flaws were being exploited, when at the moment they aren't.

    Companies don't patch or even admit problems (like security flaws) even when they know about them UNTIL they start causing problems. That is universal across all markets, all goods, and all services.
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    razor512 , January 4, 2011 1:12 AM
    the most dangerous thing to do it to be born because there is a 100% death rate.

    anyway, the mac os will get hit harder and harder by malicious users since it is nor a larger target.
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    The_Prophecy , January 4, 2011 1:48 AM
    Quote:
    anyway, the mac os will get hit harder and harder by malicious users since it is nor a larger target.


    I've been telling people this for years. It's only a matter of time before Apple's security holes start getting exposed and we start having to clean and/or wipe out Apple devices due to virus infections.
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    soundping , January 4, 2011 2:16 AM
    Trend Micro virus scanner is a resource hog.
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    web11 , January 4, 2011 2:58 AM
    And the most dangerous thing for you online is being connected to the internet. Hurry up and pull the plug on your router.
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    tomate2 , January 4, 2011 4:36 AM
    ... and the riskiest way of getting a cold is leaving your windowless room
    ... and jogging is more likely to twist your ankle
    ... and walking down the street is more likely to be hit by a car

    never thought i was such a risk taker!
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    jkeelsnc , January 4, 2011 4:40 AM
    I have to agree. Mac OS X though a fine OS is not completely immune to attack. Actually, it is quite amazing that hackers have not started targeting it more.
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    gpolk50 , January 4, 2011 5:50 AM
    @joytech22 Yeah! Thank god the flamee's can finally become the flamers!!! And you sound like a complete flamer.
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    cold fire , January 4, 2011 7:38 AM
    Bu..bu..buu....but it doesn't have viruses and it's hack-proof!
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    bluekoala , January 4, 2011 9:37 AM
    What really matters is what really happens. I haven't heard of anyone getting serious malware on their apple products and 20 years later it's still the same thing with windows: buy anti-virus, have slow pc, get virus anyway, format-reinstall.....
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    Vladislaus , January 4, 2011 10:47 AM
    bluekoalaWhat really matters is what really happens. I haven't heard of anyone getting serious malware on their apple products and 20 years later it's still the same thing with windows: buy anti-virus, have slow pc, get virus anyway, format-reinstall.....

    Usually when a hacker designs a malware it tries to infect the largest amount of computers possible with it. The Mac OS still has a very small user base (it doesn't reach 10% worldwide) to become a target. Windows on the other hand is a tempting target because it has a huge user base (almost 90% worlwide). Unless the Mac OS user base increase considerably, it will never be a big target of malware.

    Also almost always it's user own fault when infected by malware. Even with UAC introduced in vista most of the users simply ignore it's warnings and gives whatever app administrative permissions. When a software has administrative permissions it can do anything it wants in the system.

    Also malware isn't an indicative of security holes.

    But if your problem is security them you should use linux, it still has security flaws but are way less than in both windows and mac os.
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    TEAMSWITCHER , January 4, 2011 11:23 AM
    There is only one problem with this article is that I know many people with PC that get malware infections all the time. I have been running MacOS for 7 years now and I never, ever had a single virus or malware infection. Even my PC at work with all it's anti-virus and internet security got infected at one point. My MacBook Pro never. If MacOS is more dangerous than Windows, I certainly have never experienced it.
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    Vladislaus , January 4, 2011 12:49 PM
    TEAMSWITCHERThere is only one problem with this article is that I know many people with PC that get malware infections all the time. I have been running MacOS for 7 years now and I never, ever had a single virus or malware infection. Even my PC at work with all it's anti-virus and internet security got infected at one point. My MacBook Pro never. If MacOS is more dangerous than Windows, I certainly have never experienced it.

    Like I said most people have problems with malware mostly because of stupidity. I have a few clients that never had any issue with malware and other clients that their computer appears to be an archive of malware.

    Most malware programmers prey on people ignorance and fear and not on security holes. If someone puts a warning message on a webpage that their computer is infected most people will simply click the button to fix it accept the UAC warning and install the malware. Using this method would also be easy to infect a linux computer, of course it wouldn't have much of an impact because the percentage of users with a fair amount of computer knowledge is way bigger than in Windows so they would know better.

    There are a few things that Microsoft is to blame. Windows XP and past OSes never had UAC or sudo like linux and mac os x, so they should encourage people to use a limited account instead of a administrator account. Most of the malware problems would be solved in this manner. Then there's the dreaded autorun.inf, the option to execute automatically a program when certain media is inserted on the computer should have been turned off by default or at least make it easy to disable it. This would have solved many malware problems.

    Malware is a byproduct of a big market share. As long windows has that huge market share it will also have a huge amount of malware. Other OS with a small market share will be relatively safe from malware.

    Security holes is another matter, and usually they're used to hack into servers not to personal computers.
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