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Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Yosemite Edition by David Pogue

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OS X and Security

OS X has a spectacular reputation for stability and security. At this writing, there still hasn’t been a single widespread OS X virus. There’s also no Windows-esque plague of spyware (downloaded programs that do something sneaky behind your back).

The usual rap is, “Well, that’s because Windows is a much bigger target. What virus writer is going to waste his time on a computer with 8 percent market share?”

That may be part of the reason OS X is virus-free. But OS X was also built more intelligently from the ground up. Listed below are a few of the many drafty corners of a typical operating system that Apple has solidly plugged:

  • OS X has always come from the factory with all of its ports shut and locked.

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