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12. Accounts, Firewalls, and Security > Six Mac OS X Security Shields

Six Mac OS X Security Shields

By the beginning of 2005, Mac OS X already had a spectacular reputation for stability and security. Not a single Mac OS X virus had emerged—a spectacular feature that makes Windows look like a waste of time. There’s no Windows-esque plague of spyware, either (downloaded programs that do something sneaky behind your back). In fact, there isn’t any Mac spyware.

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 five percent market share?”

That may be part of the reason Mac OS X is virus-free. But Mac OS X has also been 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:


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