Homemade Dot-Mac with OS X
Subject:   Re: Nice, but...
Date:   2002-08-09 23:31:20
From:   befletch
I'm a moderately competent and relatively security conscious BSD UNIX system administrator by day, and it wouldn't scare me to serve static web content from my home iMac, if that's any comfort.

The most important thing to do on any net-connected Mac is to keep current with Software Update. Apple is doing much of the work a knowledgeable system administrator would do for you through the magic of that 'Update now' button.

Oh, and backing up your personal data (mainly your user directory) is pretty key, too.

Assuming you have those two bases covered, enabling Apache really shouldn't add much more risk than you get from having an always connected computer. Particularly so if you just use it for serving static pages. Active content (e.g. the ever popular PHP/MySQL combination) requires a little more security knowledge to do safely.