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Inside OS X Security: Keeping Your Mac Safe In An Unsafe World

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Mac Security: Deal Or No Deal?
2. Today's Top Stories:
    - Inside OS X Security: Keeping Your Mac Safe In An Unsafe World
    - Review: Camino Offers Fast, Lightweight Browsing For Macs
3. Last Week's Highlighted Coverage
    - The InformationWeek 2007 Summer Gadget Guide
    - The FlipStart UMPC -- A Notebook In Miniature
    - Windows Vista How-To: Moving User Profiles To Vista Systems
4. Eye Candy: Featured Image Galleries
    - Google Developer's Day
    - Microsoft Surface
5. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
6. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"To be one's self, and unafraid whether right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity." -- Irving Wallace


1. Editor's Note: Mac Security: Deal or No Deal?

True or false: When you use the Mac platform, you never have to worry about security again.

At the risk of offending all the Mac zealots out there, the answer is a resounding false. That's not to say the Mac isn't inherently secure, but rather there are many factors -- application vulnerabilities, user/operator ignorance, malicious code on the Web -- that are outside your control and at times outside the control of any operating system.

Today's featured review, from our resident Mac expert John Welch, sums up the issue nicely with one example of a potential vulnerability: "Don't assume that just because the base operating system is essentially secure that everything else that ships with the operating system is as secure. There are quite a few Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server boxes that get cracked because of poorly configured PHP/Perl/Web/Database applications."

Welch paints a clear picture of the areas where lack of knowledge and outside threats can still cause lots of problems in the Mac environment. And no, neither he nor I are claiming that this makes the Mac insecure, only that you still need to understand where the various threats lie. Agree? Disagree? State your case at my blog entry.

Tom Smith
tasmith@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Stories: Macs

Inside OS X Security: Keeping Your Mac Safe In An Unsafe World
Mac expert John Welch takes you through the threats, holes, and exploits swirling around Mac OS X, and offers up some tips and tactics to protect your system.

Related Coverage:
With version 1.5, Camino now has all the features it needs to really compete with other Mac browsers.


3. Last Week's Highlighted Coverage

The InformationWeek 2007 Summer Gadget Guide
Find sitting on the beach boring? Can't tear yourself away from technology? Here are some great new gadgets that can make your summer fun.

The FlipStart UMPC -- A Notebook In Miniature
The FlipStart provides all the functionality of a notebook computer in a highly portable form, although its small size makes some features awkward.

Windows Vista How-To: Moving User Profiles To Vista Systems
Microsoft has made some drastic changes in Windows Vista's support for personalization. How will this affect your move to Vista? Learn how you can mitigate the impact with built-in and add-on tools.


4. Eye Candy: Featured Image Galleries

Google Developer's Day
Pictures of Google Developer Day events in China, Russia, Japan, and other places around the world.

Microsoft Surface
Microsoft unveiled Microsoft Surface, the company's first commercially available surface computer. Surface is a 30-inch display in a table-like form that users interact with through touch, natural gestures, and objects placed on the surface.


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