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Mac® OS X Security by Brian Wotring, Preston Norvell, Bruce Potter

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Chapter 1. Security Foundations

 

“The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid.”

 
 --Thomas Kempis

The most recent version of Mac OS is a multitasking, multithreaded, multiuser, and multiprocessing operating system. Yesterday, Macintosh users were using a relatively simplistic system, while today they are using a powerful UNIX-based operating system that may become a prime target for attackers. The security knowledge of an average Mac user is currently very limited; the historical security of the Mac OS operating system and the focus on ease of use conspire to make it so.

Mac OS X contains many security features, but without an understanding of what those features are, and how to put them in place, users can quickly leave themselves ...

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