Onsite Observation – Is Apple Mac Really Safer than Windows Vista?

May 28, 2008

Onsite clients regularly inquire about changing from Microsoft Windows PCs to Apple Macintosh.  At Onsite we think the liberty to choose is a wonderful fact of life in a free, capitalistic society.  However, yesterday one of our engineers remarked about a security flaw in Mac’s web browser, SafariMicrosoft addressed this security flaw in past Internet Explorer updates.  

In an article by Justin Berka, published today in Ars Technica’s Apple-centric journal, spoofing security flaws discovered in a newly-released security-related Safari 3.1.1 update are reviewed.  This is not the first security related issue with Safari; however Apple does not plan to address the new security issues until the next release of Safari. 

After further discussion, the results of the “Pwn to Own” challenge in which IT security consultants were challenged to break into three laptops: a Mac laptop, a Microsoft Windows Vista SP1 laptop, and a Ubuntu laptop were revealed in a Computer World Article by Preston Gralla on April 8, 2008.

The Mac was the first to undergo the consultant hacking.  The Mac’s security failed in about two minutes.  Asked why the Mac was chosen first, the consultant replied “… it was like taking candy from a baby!”  More than a day later the Vista PC was still unscathed.  If you’re considering a change from Microsoft to Apple, Onsite suggests you read the article. 

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

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This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service.

 

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