Two features alone that are worth the entire cost of Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard

Two of Apple’s list of 300+ Leopard features “leapt off the page,” headed right straight at Blackfriars’ Marketing’s Carl Howe:

Tagging Downloaded Applications
Protect yourself from potential threats. Any application downloaded to your Mac is tagged. Before it runs for the first time, the system asks for your consent — telling you when it was downloaded, what application was used to download it, and, if applicable, what URL it came from.

Signed Applications
Feel safe with your applications. A digital signature on an application verifies its identity and ensures its integrity. All applications shipped with Leopard are signed by Apple, and third-party software developers can also sign their applications.

Howe writes, “Those features jumped out at me because the very first Forrester report I wrote in 1996 was about desktop security and the threat of active content. In that report, I wrote that if you want a truly secure platform, you need both app signing and run-time validation to guarantee that you only run trusted code. I further noted that Windows would never become a truly secure platform without these features. The fact that these features they are built into Leopard says that even as Macs gain in popularity, Apple has no intent of letting its OS or its iPhone become an easy security target. And these two features are worth the entire cost of upgrade and more to anyone worried about desktop and server security.

“Users will have to designate each [application] as trusted the first time they run them,” Howe explains, “[but] it’s a small one-time price for a more secure system. And it’s better to start now than waiting until there are 100 or 200 million Leopard computers in the field.”

“It’s nice to see Apple not only talk about platform security, but to actually do something about it. And the fact that the millions of iPhones in the world will be both 1) open and 2) secure because they use the same secure foundation says volumes about their bright future,” Howe writes. “Nice work, Apple.”

Full article here.

39 Comments

  1. OK, the guy has a point. But … I’ve never had a problem with anything I’ve downloaded on my Mac. Can’t even browse “safe” sites with Windows, but can even check out <strike>porn</strike> art work with a Mac.
    Spaces … <sigh> … give me Spaces.

    Dave

  2. What a load of crap. Yeah security is really going to get my juices going. Certainly enough to get me to fork out the $100+… or perhaps not!!! Don’t get me wrong, I love OS X. i think it’s far superior to Windows, but come on… all the comments you see such as “oh thank God the wait is over” and “I’ll finally be able t sleep at night”. these guys really need help surely!!! Or perhaps need friends and a social life. GET A GRIP!!! It’s an operating system for Pete’s sake!!!

  3. Cool but…..

    “Signed Applications
    Feel safe with your applications. A digital signature on an application verifies its identity and ensures its integrity. All applications shipped with Leopard are signed by Apple, and third-party software developers can also sign their applications.”

    Anyone ever hear of “Signed Drivers” for windows? I dont see that helping anyone, just click OKAY INSTALL ANYWAY…….

  4. @steve

    Security may not get your “juices going,” but if you use a machine that becomes corrupt, shutting down at random times, erasing your data, and all kinds of nastiness that can plague a computer because some piece of software you assumed was legitimate wasn’t, will you then scream and curse, asking why the hell wasn’t the operating system built to be more secure?

    Security is easy to forget or overlook until you need it, by which time it is too late because your system has already been breached. Security is not “sexy”: There are no multi-player, shoot-em-up security games, nor does security have nice breasts. But if you want to continue using your computer the way you have always used it, without having to worry about some hacker or virus writer making your life miserable–or costing you thousands of dollars because all the data for that presentation you’ve been working on for weeks has been trashed by a virus–then you may want to take a kinder, more enthusiastic view of security.

    Mark

  5. What is this? Over-enthusiasm from a convert from Windows? Long-time Mac users have never lost sleep over the security of Mac OS X.

    MDN MW: truth
    as in

    The truth is that these two features are just the cherry on an already deliciously iced cake.

  6. An awesome preemptive strike against virus bearing software.
    Now if y’all click click run aways when Leopard tells you software is unsigned….you get what you deserve. Same goes with Java apps and certs.

    Just my $0.02

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