Hacked Again, the Army Switches to Macs

Tired of Windows NT getting hacked, and unwilling to learn Linux, Army puts their Web site on Macintosh servers.

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After several successful hacker invasions of their Web site, the U.S. Army decided they needed something a lot more secure than Windows NT. Looking at the usual alternatives, Unix and Linux, the Army decided they did not have personnel with the ability to handle them, so they chose instead Apple Macintosh servers. The Macs run WebStar Web server software.

How is it that the Mac can be so much easier than Linux/Unix and so much more secure than Windows NT? Simple. That's exactly what it is.

Unix and Linux offer a myriad of complex network and Internet services. Setting it all up takes someone with significant skill. Microsoft feels Windows NT must offer most of these same services, but to make it "user friendly" and easy to use, they're pre-installed and enabled, and with just about no security because that would get in the users way. Removing and securing these services takes significant skill.

Macintosh Web servers, on the other hand, don't offer any services other than Web pages, so there's nothing to set up and nothing to hack. This is a really good idea, unless you need some of those services, such as remote login, for instance.

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