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Apple joins the big leagues

I've been hearing 'OS X is secure' for a decade now. For a decade, I've been challenging that assertion.

The challenges to that assertion generally end up with a response of'because it's Unix' or 'because it's not Microsoft'. I don't recall 'OS X is secure' assertions being backed up by detailed explanations of anything in the kernel, operating system, development tools or coding practices that assures a higher level of security than competing operating systems, and I don't hold that a Unix history automatically ensures a more secure platform. My first forensic examinations were Unix, not Windows, and I can easily assert that the reason that we have more compromised Windows servers and desktops is because we have more Windows servers and desktops.
Unfortunately the 'OS X is more secure' fantasy has left some (or many) with the impression that they don't need to practice safe computing on Macs. It is OK to run as admi…