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Offline Paddy

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"Study" claims that Macs are just as unsafe to use as PCs
« on: November 18, 2009, 10:28:30 AM »

This has to be one of the most nonsensical articles I've seen in some time. The majority of the article is spent talking about how Mac users are just as vulnerable to phishing as PC users and that phishing doesn't require any malware.
Phishing attacks are just as effective on Macs, Linux, Windows, Solaris, and any operating system since they rely on tricking the user and not upon malicious software or any software vulnerabilities. The Mac offers no immunity to phishing attacks and so we see a virtually equal percentage of victim representation across the board.”

And ESET doesn't even sell software for Macs, so what do they care?

Furthermore, all major browsers now include some anti-phishing ability; most of us have seen the warnings from Safari (or Google) about unsafe websites. But, warnings about "unsafe" sites can be ignored - and sometimes they're not detected by the software anyway.

I've yet to see any software that truly helps protect people from their own stupidity...and anti-virus isn't it. rolleyes.gif
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"Study" claims that Macs are just as unsafe to use as PCs
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2009, 04:50:38 PM »
I once proved that insects hear through their legs.
Hypothesis: Insects will flee from loud noses they hear through their leg(s)
    Place a live insect on a large flat surface. Be sure this insect is not anyones pet!
    Slap the surface hard enough to cause a noise.
    Note that the insect will jump or move.
    Remove one leg from the insect and return the insect to the surface.
    Slap the surface again.
    Note that the insect almost certainly will move again.
    Now remove all but one leg from the insect.
    Return the insect to the surface.
    Once again, hit the surface.
    Note that even though the insect may not be able to move its body, it will still attempt to 'run' from the noise.
    Remove the remaining leg.
    Slap the surface one more time.
    Note that the insect now makes no attempt to flee.
Finding: Without legs, the insect is unable to hear the noise, no matter how loud it may be and will make no attempt to flee.

We all know that there are only two dangers in using a computer.
1. Getting fooled by phishing scams.
2. Being injured when the computer falls off the table.

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What amazes me is that these people actually get paid to write that stuff! WOW.gif
« Last Edit: November 18, 2009, 04:51:10 PM by Xairbusdriver »
I don’t like the fact that my chances of survival seem to be linked to the common sense of others. :Thinking:
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