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Re: Buying a Mac for the first time

Postby Petro » Thu Apr 05, 2012 2:23 pm

Stebben84 wrote:I think Mac's used to be safer than they are now.

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/Mac-B ... rs-699749/


Flashback is really pretty benign. Worst case, it offers up some dumb ads.

A lot of people are actually already immune to it, either due to having some sort of antivirus app or one of a few seemingly arbitrary other apps running.

From F-Secure

On execution, the malware checks if the following path exists in the system:

/Library/Little Snitch
/Developer/Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/MacOS/Xcode
/Applications/VirusBarrier X6.app
/Applications/iAntiVirus/iAntiVirus.app
/Applications/avast!.app
/Applications/ClamXav.app
/Applications/HTTPScoop.app
/Applications/Packet Peeper.app

If any of these are found, the malware will skip the rest of its routine and proceed to delete itself.


also -

In cases where the user did not input their administrator password, the malware checks if the following path exists in the system:

/Applications/Microsoft Word.app
/Applications/Microsoft Office 2008
/Applications/Microsoft Office 2011
/Applications/Skype.app

If any of these are found, the malware again skips the rest of its routine and proceeds to delete itself, presumably to avoid infecting a system that has an incompatible application installed.


It's natural that malware authors will start to devote some attention to the Mac as a platform, given it's growing market share. This is hardly cause for a Chicken Little moment, though.
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Re: Buying a Mac for the first time

Postby Petro » Mon Apr 09, 2012 1:38 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:Apple hit by China Foxconn factory report

Consider how expensive Apple products would be if those who manufactured and assembled them were paid living wages.


I think you were wildly myopic in the scope of your original statement. Hating Apple is fashionable amongst a wide swath of society these days, but it's hardly a reasonable practice that stems from an informed opinion.

While Apple is Criticized for Foxconn, Other Companies Are Silent.

In the last week I have asked Hewlett-Packard, Samsung, Microsoft and others about their reports on labor conditions. Most responded with a boilerplate public relations message. Some didn’t even respond.

The answer from Barnes & Noble, the maker of the Nook e-reader, was typical.

Mary Ellen Keating, a senior vice president, said only, “We don’t comment on our supply chain vendors.”

Lenovo e-mailed a general report on sustainability. Samsung, which sells more cellphones than Apple, gave no response.

Although some technology companies, like Microsoft, share some information about their audits, none go into detail about the violations they find inside specific facilities.
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