Windows vs. Mac Security: Reading for the hearty

Tom Yeager writes for InfoWorld.  He’s been accused at times of being biased towards Apple’s Mac platform and against Microsoft’s Windows platform.  But he’s just cut an interesting article comparing Windows and Mac security.  Some is technologically detailed, but the points are well taken.

Click here to read Tom Yeager’s article.

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5 Responses to Windows vs. Mac Security: Reading for the hearty

  1. J says:

    Isn’t every reasonably informed, technically savy person biased in favor or Mac, or Linux, or one of the BSDs, or anything that works more or less like it’s supposed to?

  2. 123t says:

    Point taken. But Windows people will argue that there is little to no difference in security between Windows and Mac or Linux or one of the flavors of BSD. Especially since they started their Security Initiative a couple of years ago under the direct instruction of Bill. What would you say to those people?

  3. J says:

    I would say that Windows is still a much greater security risk, if only due to the number of attacks it draws versus the others. Admittedly, I don’t like Windows. My MacBook Pro has never crashed. I’ve run Slackware Linux for five years, and only crashed it once, and that was probably because of my own faulty kernel configuration. I crashed XP the day I installed it, and numerous times since, and not trying to do anything exotic, at least not by Unix Standards. Microsoft may make security inroads, but I’d like to see them release an OS that is more than a shiny, plodding toy. I have to use the damn thing occasionally, and I’d like for it to be more enjoyable.

  4. 123t says:

    My company supports the Windows platform almost exclusively. A big part of the reason is that the Windows platform is complex and often unpredictable, requiring specialists like those in my company for even the simplest things (e.g., networking a couple of computers and sharing printers).

    I’ve been in all three worlds (Unix, Mac, Windows). The Mac is the clear winner with a UNIX core (Open Source at that) and Macintosh interface. What else could you want?

    Bill Gates and Co. have been trying to catch up to Apple since 1985. Hey, the Mac had true plug-and-play capabilities 20 years ago! Granted, AppleTalk was slow, but serviceable, especially for the time. That’s just one example.

    The ONLY reason Windows is everywhere is the business model that Gates chose to pursue vs. Jobs. Gates was willing to put Windows on any hardware; just the opposite for Jobs. People have sworn at Jobs for not opening up his platform and hardware to third party vendors.

    Well, there’s good and bad to that. By controlling everything, you can make sure everything works together – which is what you can generally say about all Apple products. He can even make the decision to end legacy support for old OS’s (which he did), and that, too, improves security and performance.

    But that’s a closed system, more expensive (at least in the past), and companies are loathe to bet their infrastructures on one company.

    Alas, by going the other direction and completely embracing the Windows platform and architecture, we’ve essentially given a monopoly to Microsoft instead.

    If you were Steve Jobs, what would you do? Would you open up the HW to third-party vendors and risk integration and inter-operation problems? Do you milk your cash cow in the iPod and everything else iXXX and let the Mac be what it is?

    And is there a moral high ground to any of this, even if Jobs wanted to take it?

  5. J says:

    Business is amoral. I, however, am not a businessman and while I have opinions, wouldn’t offer advice to the likes of Jobs, or Gates, or anybody that can buy and sell my butt several billion times. I just like software that works like it’s supposed to. That’s all.

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