Hack-proof?

Who said anything about the Mac being Hack-Proof? 

Oh right, Forbes just did in this inflammatory headline.

Forbes is putting this headline: “Hack-Proof?” with this subheadline: “Charlie Miller has a habit of upending Apple’s security claims.”

The reader then inevitably links the two together so that the perception is that Apple’s claims the Mac is hack-proof.

I’m not saying that Mac’s are hack-proof, Apple’s not saying the Mac is hack-proof, nobody’s saying Mac’s are hack-proof.

The only people saying that Mac’s are hack-proof are those people with a vested interest in making the ignorant unwashed believe that Mac’s are being sold as hack-proof and somehow immune to viruses, malware, spyware & trojans, and then make a living (I’m talking about Miller and Forbes here) in pointing this out.

It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.

At least Charlie Miller is passing on his findings to Apple, which I’m sure they’re very grateful for, but the whole ‘pwn2own’ contest leaves a nasty taste in the mouth.

I’ve written before about exploits on the Mac are on the way, but nobody can say when – there’s certainly none to speak of right now.

The Mac is a computer and you can execute anything on it, both positive and negative. The only way to stop the negative things is to restrict the writing and the installation process so that everything is approved and locked down.

What Apple needs to do is release a device that does just that – it would allow you get your work done, but stop you from tinkering, stop you from installing anything that isn’t approved, stop you from writing your own programs, unless you’ve had your program approved.

Hmm, sound familiar?

It’ll be interesting to see whether the iPad is hacked next year…

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