"Apple Macs are secure because they don't get computer viruses,
and because OS X, the operating system they run, is based on the
rock-solid and highly secure BSD UNIX.
"These are two popular misconceptions which make many Mac users
underestimate the security risk of allowing their computers onto a
corporate network. In a presentation at the EICAR conference in
Paris this month David Harley, Research Fellow & Director of
Malware Intelligence at anti-virus company ESET, his colleague
Pierre-Marc Bureau and Andrew Lee of security outfit K7 Computing
pointed out that underestimating the risks presented by Macs can
make them less secure than Windows machines. "While Mac users -
with the exception of those making significant use of Windows on
Macs - operate in an environment prowled by infinitely fewer
predators, Microsoft and its more savvy customers are to some
extent shielded by a more accurate assessment of the risks to which
Windows users are exposed."
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