It shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone that Macs are increasingly becoming popular hacking targets for some. After all, attracting attention inevitably includes bad attention as well. While I’m sure there are some who love being part of the niche crowd of Mac users that stay relatively safe, I believe those days are coming to an end.
The word is out. Macs are more than just good looking machines, they’re powerful computers that are much more fun, easier to use, and more intuitive than a Windows PC. That makes them pretty desirable in our age of technology. It will be very interesting to see how well they sell this Christmas season. There’s little doubt they’re more secure overall than Windows machines as well, but I’m not one to deny part of ther security is in their obscurity.
A new challenge seems to be on the horizon for Apple; the challenge of going from a hacker target to possibly the hacker target. I have faith in the Curpertino crowd for now. As coders go, and let me clear in stating that I am not one, they appear to be some of the best in the world.
Despite what some like to think, there are advantages to producing a proprietary product. Apple should, in theory, be able to lock things up tighter than Microsoft. They definitely proved this when some iPhone owners, to their chagrin, discovered their phones were nothing more than bricks after they had unlocked them, added 3rd party goodies, and updated them with a software update from Apple. As crazy as it sounds, I never have, and probably never will blame Apple for that incident. If anything, they made a point they’ll be able to easily refer to in the future. If, or more likely when a virus starts taking down Macs through a third party piece of software they will be able to rightly point out it wasn’t their fault. Will they scream it from the rooftops? I don’t think so. That doesn’t seem to be the Apple way, thankfully. They didn’t do that regarding some of the claims against Unsanity’s APE (application enhancer) . They will likely quietly push out an update press on.
All that said, the challenges are there. Nevertheless, I remain confident in the Cupertino crowd. 😉