Winn Schwartau, one of the country’s leading experts on information security, infrastructure protection and electronic privacy, sums up his first month’s experiences in his conversion from Windows to Mac.
It’s May 31 and I’ve had my Mac for one month. This is my report.
1. Upgraded OS X from 10.3 to 10.4. I slept thru it.
Done no OS X configuration other than screen saver and wallpaper. Moved the ‘Dock’ or task bar.
No security add ons.
Upgraded to 10.4.1. Seamless. Painless. But, yes, it does require a reboot.
2. Installed a “legal copy” of MS Office for Mac.
Macros in Office apps. From everything I have seen and heard from my new 108,745 close personal friends, OS X viruses in the wild are simply not a concern. But MS Word macro viruses are real, although there is some debate about how much damage they can do in the OS X environment. The MS app default is to advise me on opening docs with macros. I guess I have opened and received more than a thousand docs this month. No alerts. I double checked my settings and gave myself an infected Word doc just to check it was working. All is good.
3. Even though I don’t need to, my stomach wouldn’t rest until I added antivirus for Mac. http://www.ClamXAV.Com. Paranoid habit.
4. I prefer Firefox to Mac’s Safari, but that’s religion. Camino is the Mozilla.Org OS X specific browser. IMHO, it’s not ready for Prime Time. My Intranet displays like crap. Cool features I will watch.
5. I use the native mail client.
6. That’s it.
7. Application-wise I have:
• Edited client movies.
• Made our company switch to free online audio conferencing. [One button. No install. No new software.]
• Switched our company to free video teleconferencing. [One button. No install. No new software.]
• Published PDF. It’s integrated.
• Edited and worked on photos. It’s integrated.
• Screen shot clips and cropping, etc. It’s integrated.
• Imported 40GB of real Office XP data files.
• Moved Favorites and Address Books [yada yada] in minutes.
I have not:
Gotten over my security paranoia. I openly admit I am still nervous. Being a paranoid security type, I tend to STOP and think through many actions I might take or Clicks to Click. I still am, and I notice it on the Mac. “Should I do this?” Oh, that’s OK. “What about the security on this?” No worries. It’s a very strange feeling: growing confidence in the security of your platform [equals less fear, less tension, less Xanax].
Schwartau give his first month with Mac OS X a letter grade of A-, “For managing to create a much safer and more secure computing environment that is more productive than any WinTel solution I have seen since DOS 5.0… In the WinTel world, could you do this? Or maybe you should ask, ‘Do I really want all of that paranoia to go away? Do I really want to spend more time enjoying whatever the hell I do on my ‘puter, or maybe I should continue wasting hours every week on security crap that shouldn’t be a problem in the first place? Hey. It’s just a question.”
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