Survey: Mac, PC users fall victim to cybercrimes equally

While Mac users may not be as susceptible to infections of malware such as viruses or Trojans, they are just as likely to be a victim of cyber crime as Windows users, according to a survey commissioned by security firm ESET.

This is because the most common cause of cybercrime losses are due to “phishing” attacks.  Users are equally at risk to these ploys, regardless of the operating system they use. “Phishing” attacks rely on social engineering methods to get users to reveal information about themselves, and are not dependent upon any specific software or operating system vulnerabilities.

Read more at SC Magazine Online.

Apple issues 2nd Safari security patch in 4 months

On Thursday, Apple issued the second security patch in less than a week. This update does not patch vulnerabilities in the OS X operating system, but rather in the Safari web browser. The fix patches 7 vulnerabilities. Six of these vulnerabilities affect Safari on Windows, six affect Safari on OS X 10.4.x (Tiger), and three affect Safari on OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and 10.6 (Snow Leopard). This follws a patch issued in August to fix six additional vulnerabilities. Continue reading

Security patches:They’re not just for Windows anymore…

Do you think your Mac is immune to the type of attacks suffered by Windows users?  Think again…

For years, the argument has gone on between Mac afficianados and Windows users.  Those who prefer one platform over another tend to be almost evangelistic in their fervor, and so we will not attempt to tackle the issue of which platform is better for a particular use.

Mac has always had a reputation as the more secure platform.  One side will argue that has the Mac always been inherently more secure by design. The other side will argue that no one bothered to attack it because of Apple’s relatively small portion of the PC market.  That’s another argument we will not try to resolve.  However, Mac’s history of security has made a lot of users fairly lax about performing updates and running security software on their systems.  Continue reading