Perception vs. Reality…


If someone asks you, "which is more secure a Mac or Windows machine?"

Everyone will say Mac, right?

I'm not saying that's incorrect, all I'm saying is that I think there's a perception out there that Macs are invincible.

Link to Myth crushed as hacker shows Mac break-in | InfoWorld | News | 2007-04-20 | By Nancy Gohring, IDG News Service

Is there a perception about you or your company that is accurate or inaccurate?

How do you go about changing it?

Not an easy one.


Comments (5)
  1. 1 hack and all of a sudden the PC is more secure than a Mac?

    I hardly thing so.

  2. Brody says:

    "1 hack and all of a sudden the PC is more secure than a Mac?

    I hardly thing so."

    It goes to show that if people want to hack a Mac they can, currently the puny market share doesn’t warrant any time being spent on that OS.

    And it’s "I hardly ‘think’ so."

  3. Charles White says:

    <It goes to show that if people want to hack a Mac they can, currently the puny market share doesn’t warrant any time being spent on that OS.>

    This "puny market Share" consists of over 25 million users. Plus the person who ever successfully unleashes a virus to the world that actually infects Macs in the wild would shatter Apple’s highly publicized claim as being secure is not incentive! This person would be an instant anti-hero and become the Geek Supreme.

    Besides, if you actually followed the contest rules, the first day, no winners, so the RULES WERE CHANGED (i.e. more info was provided to the hackers). This was a controled contest in which a winner was expected to retrieve a message embedded in the computer on how to claim the prize.

    Macs are more secure by design. In order to be secure and stable, Apple converted from OS 9 to Unix-based OS X.

    Read up on Unix. In order for Microsoft to be as secure as Unix, they would have to give up reverse compatibility and start from square one. Even Vista is built from the same foundations as the software from XP still runs on Vista, although drivers are still an issue.

    Until Microsoft decides to give up being 3.1 compatible, they will never be as secure as Macs.

  4. Charles White says:

    Nancy Gohring, writing for InfoWorld, delivered a misleading report yesterday on a Mac security exploit contest held at the CanSecWest conference in Vancouver, BC.

    In her defense, it appears likely that Gohring did not write the headline for her InfoWorld article, which described the contest winner as being “able to remotely break into a Mac as part of a contest designed to illustrate security flaws in OS X.” That part was simply wrong.

    Whoever did write the headline must have been smoking weed in celebration of 4/20, because Gohring’s article clearly described a local exploit. There’s a big difference between the remote exploits that made Windows infamous for its insecurity and a local exploit of an application.

    http://www.roughlydrafted.com/RD/RDM.Tech.Q2.07/616874CC-35CE-49D3-B859-C2719B6FF352.html

  5. MSDN Archive says:

    I’m not saying that PC’s are more secure. I’m only saying that there’s a perception that they are invincible. IT comes down to…what will it take for Microsoft to *change the perception* vis a vis other platforms?

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