Mac Security Bible (Paperback)
|Author: Joe Kissell|
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|How safe is your Mac?|
Are Macs safer than PCs? Despite their bulletproof reputation, Macs are vulnerable to malware, network snooping, password cracking and, of course, physical theft (with all your data) -- just like PCs. The good news is that there''s a lot you can do, and this plain-English guide tells you what and how. Discover seven things you should do right now, understand the trade-offs between risk and convenience, set up your solutions, and keep your Mac safe with this practical book.
Discover what security is built into Mac OS X and how to configure it
Explore physical security, hardware barriers, software settings, and third-party solutions
Communicate safely using IM, VoIP, e-mail, and the web
Learn how to secure one or multiple Macs in wired or wireless networks
Perform network and vulnerability scanning and use forensic tools
Run Windows applications safely and securely on a Mac
Secure Mac OS X Server with Kerberos, SSL, and VPNs
From the Publisher:
Conventional wisdom says that Macs are inherently safer than PCs, but that’s largely a myth. Like all computers, Macs are susceptible to theft, network snooping, unauthorized access, malware, and other dangers that put users’ sensitive data, and their privacy, at risk. The Mac Security Bible describes in detail the potential threats a Mac may face—and the tools and procedures readers can use to overcome them. Rather than prescribing a simplistic approach that says “lock everything down all the time,” this book helps readers understand exactly what risks each potential threat carries, how the various possible remedies balance security against convenience and usability, and how to take the best approach for any given user and situation. The book is written in an engaging, accessible style, with enough background information to make the information comprehensible to less-technical readers—and enough deep detail to satisfy system administrators and other power users. From physical security and basic system preferences to complex third-party software, from individual computers to large networks, the Mac Security Bible is the comprehensive reference on security for Macs.