Apple’s Mac OS X is much more secure than Linux or Windows

“A number of open source advocates have spoken out against a survey that labelled Linux as the least secure system, pointing to ‘gaping holes’ in its methodology,” Damian Clarkson reports for ITWeb. “European research firm Mi2g unveiled the survey findings last week, stating that BSD and Mac OS X are the most secure operating systems, while Linux was said to be the least. Microsoft was the second ‘most breached’ but a long way behind.”

“But Mi2g’s decision not to count viruses has skewed the findings of the survey, says open source advocate Bruce Perens. ‘The report really did everyone a disservice by not pointing out that viruses are the main problem. Even their own study says the financial impact of viruses on Windows is tremendously greater than the penetration on Linux. Linux is still more secure, it’s just the fact that this report doesn’t count automatic viruses,'” Clarkson reports.

“Mi2g executive chairman DK Matai conceded that Linux would have been rated more secure than Windows had they counted viruses, but said both would still be less secure than BSD and Mac OS X. However, Matai said BSD and Apple are not protected from attacks just because they are relatively rare compared with Windows and Linux. BSD and Apple are used in many mission-critical and high-security applications. ‘There are many genuine reasons to attack BSD and Apple,’ he said,” Clarkson reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Seems to us that the bottom line fact remains, no matter who’s arguing: Mac OS X is much more secure than Linux or Windows.

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Study: Apple’s Mac OS X ‘world’s safest and most secure’ operating system – November 02, 2004
Study: Apple’s Mac OS X is most secure operating system – February 20, 2004
Report says Apple Mac OS least vulnerable to attack – October 31, 2002

22 Comments

  1. Why do Mac users need to reassure themselves that Mac OS is more secure than Windows or Linux? It seems to me that everybody knows that already, and that needing to see it in print is a sign of insecurity.

  2. Yeah, funny maybe, but think about this for a minute:

    Developers developers developers developers.
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    Developers developers developers developers.

  3. Thanks God for this guy. At least someone understands that there are some serious critical and high-security applications using Mac OS X because it is the more secure OS on the market.

    That is why http”//www.army.mil runs under Mac OS X, and in a pre OS X time, Mac OS 9, they were tired of being under attack…

  4. IT guys don’t want to “look good.” If they did they wouldn’t dress like that or sneer so much. They want to be sent on junkets to Vegas and Seattle to “receive training about Windows security,” which, translated, means “leave work for a week and take prostitutes back to their greasy hotel rooms.”

    If they had any sense they wouldn’t be IT guys working in cold rooms with no windows.

  5. Rick,

    Army under attack, pictures at 11 PM.

    Steve Balmer,

    Repeat after me,

    Security, security, security, security, security,
    security, security, security, security, security,
    security, security, security, security, security.

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  7. The only problem is that a lot of these articles that clearly state that OS X is more secure are on really arcane sites. Almost everyone I talk to doesn’t realize that there are no viruses in the wild for OS X. They just don’t realize the difference. I would love to see something put out by AP or Reuters that would be making the top news slots.

    AND Apple should be doing more marketing outlining the nuts and bolts advantages and ease of use of OS X.

  8. Has anyone thought about the fact that Microsoft has created an entire industry out of the basic insecurity of their OS? Now Microsoft is going into the Anti-virus business. How’d that happen? Makes you wonder.

  9. “Re: AND Apple should be doing more marketing outlining the nuts and bolts advantages and ease of use of OS X”

    After 15 years of Mac use, I have come to the conclusion that Apple likes to play like the girl who plays hard to get. Wants people to beg?

    Know what happens to her? Doesn’t get any.

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