When you use a Macintosh, or indeed any Unix-based system, it's comforting to know that your computer is more secure than Windows. It is, however, a mistake to equate "more secure" with "invulnerable." Keep in mind that the hacker who does break into your system has more skills than the average script kiddy. And when this happens, what should you be looking for? Let's assume that a malicious hacker wants one of two things:

  • To steal valuable data from your computer, such as credit card numbers or passwords.
  • Access to your system so that they can cover their tracks as they hack into other peoples computers.

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