Originally Posted by pr50wner
i read that MS windows has stronger password protection than linux, and the redhat team admited that.
so far i have had no problems with xp w/sp2
you read way wrong. and if you haven't had problems.. it's because you haven't specifically been targetted yet.
read about ntlm and hash files
read about active x and the .net framework being tied to the os
read about unsigned code running
read about the ability to replace any and all system files as administrator
read about services that advertise in xp
windows CAN have great security, but it takes a LOT of work.
if you turn on the firewall in os x , run as a limited user (less necessary than in windows), and use file vault... you're pretty secure.
one exception to that is that filevault needs to be fixed and is in the next release(aka tiger) to encrypt the swap file.
while you are reading about security, you should check out compusec (google it)
EFS can be cracked in under 5 minutes as it stands on a windows machine (elcomsoft.com i think) and the only way to achieve the mac or linux level of security on windows is to use 3rd party software - s omething unecessary for the mac.
marketshare has a lot less to do with mac attacks than you think, most of it is fundamental differences in how the core of the OS operates.
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cryptography is the only truly safe, and even then, it just takes time to crack.
the DOD will not stamp their seal of approval on any machine that isn't in a physically restrictive environment or plugged into a network
anyway, there's a lot to it, and a lot of things that can be done.. but if you use windows, and haven't disabled ntlm and ntlm v2 (left activated by default for compatability in a mixed mode network) that's your weakest link as of now. Net stuff can be protected against with brains and 3rd party tools.. don't use ie, oe, outlook, instead look to the mozilla suite.. use antivirus and spyware protection, run a personal firewall and a nat router, run an encryption too, run privacy tools..
oh yah, and then wonder why pc's NEED a processor that is faster than apple's.. by the time all that crap is running a state of the art pentium 4 machine will be slower than most macs.