I’VE HAD IT!! The first time I placed my trust in Windows PCs, is now my last. I’m heading back into the Mac world thanks to some pimple-faced script kiddies and their pseudo-l33t windows hacking skills. Once again several computers were compromised at work today due to a rogue FTP program, disguised as a Norton Anti-Virus service, giving free access to everything on the computers from outside our network. Fortunately, our system admins caught this in time, removed the malware and took off other programs which might cause future problems (e.g. VNC server, Seti screensaver).
It’s not that we don’t have good security here (the sysadmin ladies are seriously on the ball), but if you are in any field of security, you would know that there’s never 100% defense against any form of attack. Security is merely a deterance, and as Thomas Jefferson best put it: “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance“. Since you’re never sure, you have to always keep an eye out for anything out of the ordinary.
That said, switching back to the Mac isn’t going to ensure I live a life protected from these losers. However, it sure comforts me to know that no one’s yet managed to create viruses, spyware, or other malware to mess with your online existence when you’re on a Mac. Now I must painfully journey through the many web services as I can remember to change and protect my accounts with stronger passwords. And yes, I have more than one password… which hurts, but adds segmented layers of protection over everything I use. Like they say, don’t put all you eggs in one basket, even if it were a bullet proof one.