- October 5, 2015Read more
The Party is Over for Apple and Linux users
Being in IT, one cannot escape the never-ending debates about PC vs MAC, vs Linux, etc.
The debates usually are centered on a variety of topics, whether it is ease of use, costs and the most talked about one, “we don’t get viruses, malware, etc…” This is typically the trump card that gets thrown on the table against a PC loving user to end the debate.
What is true is that there are not as many malicious threats to Mac or Linux devices compared to PCs, since hackers will typically target the biggest market share.
In the recent weeks, Apple has been in the spotlight for a number of security related issues. From malware infected apps in their App store, down to Gatekeeper flaw in the OS X operating system. This short video from WatchGuard Technologies summarizes these issues.
For Linux, there is the recent XOR DDoS botnet malware that has caused havoc. Even though this botnet was targeting Linux servers directly connected to the internet and the chances of harming Linux PCs is low, this incident serves as a wake-up call to both Apple and Linux users who do not take security and threats seriously.
There are many incidents where Apple and Linux end users simply ignored implementing security software simply due to the attitude that they believe they could not get infected. Remember this commercial?!
Threats are growing. Hackers are becoming more sophisticated. Phishing campaigns don’t discriminate.
Attitudes need to change. Implementing security software even at a personal device level should become second nature like putting on our seat-belt anytime we step into a car.
The “I don’t get viruses/malware” trump card is now invalid. The party is over.
But the debate on which platform is better will never end.
- September 29, 2015Read more
Windows 10: Microsoft Addresses Privacy Concerns
In my recent blog about Windows 10, I mentioned one of my concerns was privacy. Many articles regarding privacy exploded on the web with many not having evidence to support it. There was so much data to process, that I mentioned that this situation has to be dealt with on its own and a dedicated post to it.
Windows released a blog yesterday to begin to clarify some of these issues that so many are vocal about. Here are Microsoft’s opening principles…
- Windows 10 collects information so the product will work better for you.
- You are in control with the ability to determine what information is collected.
Better late than never, what I like about Microsoft’s post is the attitude they have taken by issuing this statement…
“Trust is a core pillar of our More Personal Computing vision, and we know we have to earn it.”
Throughout the post there are other statements that should put fears at ease….
“This doesn’t include any of your content or files, and we take several steps to avoid collecting any information that directly identifies you, such as your name, email address or account ID”
“You are in control of the information we collect for these purposes and can update your settings at any time. Note that with new features like Cortana which require more personal information to deliver the full experience, you are asked if you want to turn them on and are given additional privacy customization options.”
“Unlike some other platforms, no matter what privacy options you choose, neither Windows 10 nor any other Microsoft software scans the content of your email or other communications, or your files, in order to deliver targeted advertising to you.”
Future updates to Windows 10 will have more settings geared for both enterprise and consumer customers. Microsoft has taken the right steps to continue further dialog about privacy and posting tools to report any concerns.
The post ends the way it started, all about trust…
“We will continue to listen and respond, to earn your trust.”
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