“Classic Mac” users didn’t worry much about security. Sure, old Macs were insecure, but they also lacked the features hackers needed to get at them. With OS X, though, you’re in the real world. Wake up, smell the coffee, then read Mac OS X Maximum Security.
John and William Ray cover all the Mac security risks and solutions you hoped never to worry about. Tools exist to improve the Mac OS X’s decent out-of-the-box security. You just have to learn how to use them. But above all, you have to develop an instinct for security. This book helps with the tools and the instincts.
You’ll review each vulnerability that afflicts systems like yours: attacks against data and passwords; malware; eavesdropping; impersonation, and the rest. Then, the Rays turn to securing specific OS X resources.
You’ll walk through customizing user accounts through the NetInfo database and User Templates directories. You’ll turn off unneeded Mac OS X network services (fortunately, many are automatically disabled at installation). Using TCP wrappers, you’ll restrict access to TCP services. (This requires some configuration, but the Rays explain the gory details.)
There are chapters on securing mail servers (too often left insecure); FTP; remote access; the Apache web server; and Samba file sharing. The Rays briefly introduce Mac OS X firewalls (Apple’s simple, bundled GUI firewall and command line tools). There’s even coverage of intrusion detection.
No matter who you are, your Mac and your data deserve protection. This book will help you protect them -- and yourself. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.