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Re: virus

Subject: Re: virus
From: "qukza" <>
Date: Mon, 09 Jun 2003 20:22:21 -0000
I wouldn't get over confident about the protection afforded by OS X. 
Isn't OS X the OS with a software updating system that initially had 
no security or authentication? Even MS, bad as they have been, has a 
hard time topping that one. Lack of market share is a better reason 
to feel confident. It's a true stealth OS!  

--- In  Walter Knapp <> 
> Nick Gordon wrote:
> > Though I regard this topic as utterly off topic, it is a topic 
> > should have everyones attention now and then. I am on the cable 
to, but 
> > (though it is no excuse, still a reason) since i am on a mac i 
have no 
> > virus protection and no firewall turned on.
> It is off topic, but worth reminding everybody once in a while.
> >> From a user of a machine that needs no extra firewall (it's 
built in),
> >>and does not bother with virus protection because there is no 
need with
> >>my machine.
> >>
> > 
> > You make it sound as if it is turned on by default, but thats not 
> > is it?
> OS 9 it is turned on automatically, just the way the OS is 
designed. OS 
> X leaves a couple ports open that could be hacked and have to be 
> manually. A hacker who trys to locate my machine checking for ports 
> won't even get a reply. It will be as if there is no machine there. 
> machine responds only to querys that it's expecting.
> In OS X, if you have windows file sharing turned on you have a port 
> open. Probably if you are using the personal web serving too.
> It's fun to run a mac on one of the online security checkers 
> for windows. Nearly always gets very high marks. Except those that 
> your browser. I have java, active X and cookies all enabled. Not a 
> problem with a mac running netscape, but a security risk if it's a 
> windows machine running IE. My understanding is that it's a way 
that a 
> outsider can access all the spy files microsoft is keeping on you. 
> well as mess with the contents of your HD or install a virus.
> > I am bothered more often lately by Spam.  I notice a difference a 
> > a mail comes from a windows user and a mac user.
> > That's why I post this mail.
> > 
> >  From the mails I recieve on this topic 'virus' the one from 
> > (sorry Evert) is read in as spam whereas the mails from Charles 
> > Walter are not.
> > Evert I  is on Windows and Charles and Walter are on a Mac.  I 
> > think it is anything bad, I just noticed the difference and I 
> > figured out what to think of it.
> It's probably which emailer we use. I use Netscape 7. Spam catching 
is a 
> case of looking for certain key things. It could also be that Evert 
> some word that set off your spam catcher.
> My unwanted mail is split between windows viruses mailing everybody 
> spam (which is mostly porn or get rich quick). My ISP provides a 
> catcher at their level and that catches some of the spam. On a slow 
> I may see only a few virus emails come in, on some days it can be 
> Walt


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