Apple Posts Leopard Security Guide

June 3, 2008  (Jeffrey Kabbe)

Our ethical obligations as lawyers makes computer security even more important than for regular computer users. Apple has stepped up with a very thorough Leopard security guide. The guide is not short, at 240 pages. It isn’t for the faint of heart, and reading it is like drinking from the security fire hose. The guide begins with background information about the Unix features that are the basis for OS X security. After that is a stream of recommendations and settings that can be used to improve security. The vast number of suggestions is difficult to absorb, but there are some nuggets to be found. For example, on page 145, the guide explains how to delete all Time Machine versions of a file. That could be important if you ever need to delete privileged or confidential information that you are no longer entitled to possess.

Obviously, the guide is aimed at more experienced Mac users. But, even novices might find the guide useful. Mac OS X is pretty secure right out of the box. But if you’re concerned about security, you might consider checking the guide before changing any of the default system settings to see if Apple has identified any potential security consequences.

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