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Chapter 31. Server Security and Advanced... > Why Bother with Network Security

Why Bother with Network Security

Before we can reasonably discuss ways to make your OS X machine more secure, it is important to understand why you should care and what you are facing.

You might be wondering, “Why bother with security?” You've never cared about securing your Mac before. In fact, prior to OS X, security has rarely been an issue for a Mac owner. However, as a Unix-based operating system, OS X brings with it not only the advantages, but also the disadvantages, of a Unix operating system. Unfortunately, one of those disadvantages is security, which has always been a problem for Unix operating systems. This will be unsettling at the beginning, but the simple fact is that nothing can be done to make any network-connected Unix machine (OS X or otherwise) completely secure. To paraphrase one system administrator's feeling about securing a Unix machine, “I'd pull the plug and the network, put the machine in a safe, fill the safe with concrete, lock it, and drop it in the middle of Hudson Bay—and even then I wouldn't be sure.”


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