Script kiddie tries stealing my passwords

culturejammingI’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.

3 thoughts on “Script kiddie tries stealing my passwords

  1. wow, that was a quick come back. regardless though, security is an issue to be address as much as possible, because one day, at the rate of increasing mac users, it will also turn to mac.

    you can’t run away forever (but i still love mac :X that’s not the point here though).

    and l33t h4x0rs will always … have a place in prison :X

  2. Big: I drink already… šŸ˜€

    Panda: Macs are coming down in price and everyone’s using it now, so I no longer feel “unique”. It’s quite amazing that macs still haven’t had viruses yet… I think the security is just inherently better on Mac OS. šŸ™‚

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