During the past twelve months, 23.47% of visits to this blog have been from Mac users. Since there are so many of them out there, I though I would share a few tips on Mac security. Out of the box, OS X does beat Windows XP on security – partly for design reasons and partly because it isn’t as worthwhile to come up with malware that attacks an operating system with a minority of users. Even so, taking some basic precautions is worthwhile. The number one tip is behavioural, rather than technical. Be cautious in the websites and emails you view, the files you download, and the software you install.
Here are more detailed guides from a company called Corsair (which I know nothing about) and from the American National Security Agency (who knew they used Macs?). The first link is specific to Tiger (10.4), while the latter is about the older Panther (10.3). I expect they will both remain largely valid for the upcoming Leopard (10.5).
Some more general advice I wrote earlier: Protecting your computer.
PS. I am curious about the one person in the last orbit who accessed this site using OS/2 Warp, back on February 17th. I hope it was one of the nuns from the ads.