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Chapter 7. Protecting Your Mac mini > Why Is a Mac More Secure than a PC?

Why Is a Mac More Secure than a PC?

One reason that Macs are more secure than other systems is that Apple has designed Mac OS X to be more secure than other operating systems you might immediately think of. For example, having to enter your administrator password to install software may seem like a bother sometimes, but it reduces the potential for dangerous software to install itself while you aren't paying attention.

In the Windows world, some people are advocating a switch to “least privilege” computing. That's where users have only the rights necessary to run the programs they are using. Users can't do things like install software and change settings, which is how the bad guys do their damage.


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