Snow Leopard Takes Security Shine Off Apple

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The new version of Apple's Mac operating system comes with a number of security flaws, short comings and, surprise, antivirus software. Mac loyalists want to believe in the superiority of their platform, but this new release shows that Mac are far from being bulletproof.

I’ll be the first to admit that I enjoy "Mac vs. PC" television commercials; they are pure entertainment genius. When I saw them pull in the strapping Patrick Warburton - aka Joe from Family Guy and Puddy from Seinfeld - I started roaring with laughter. Where John Hodgman is emblematic of the PC geek, the baritone Warburton is perfect exemplification of the stodgy, buttoned up corporation (think Mad Men as a PC). The Justin Long "Mac" and his cute consumer just make buying choice for Mac look fun and simple.

But this commercial is about not compromising when it comes to security, not fun and entertainment. In the spot, the consumer talks about wanting a machine that isn’t prone to "thousands of viruses" and all kinds of "problems." I hear from Mac users all the time about the superiority of their platform in both functionality and performance. For a while it came across as a bit cult-like. When Apple announced the coming of Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6), the new version of the Mac operating system, a near frenzy broke out as the Apple faithful clamored for pre-orders and waited with baited anticipation for the release date. Microsoft, which is now encouraging people to throw Windows 7 release parties, can’t buy that kind of enthusiasm. Mac users can afford their enthusiasm because they feel secure in their PC choice in terms of security, usability and reliability.

But are recent security problems with Macs going to tarnish that image and consumer perceptions?

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Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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