Thursday, May 26, 2005

Mac as Hell and Not Gonna Take it Anymore

Winn Schwartau, a self-proclaimed Windows bigot and expert on security who has worked on security issues for 22 years has decided to switch...
to a Mac.

I'll let him say it in his own words:
...predicated on the hypothesis that the WinTel platform represents the greatest violation of the basic tenets of information security and has become a national economic security risk. I do not say this lightly, and I have never been a Microsoft basher, either. I never criticize a company without a fair bit of explanation, justification and supportive evidence.

I have come to the belief that there is a much easier, more secure way to use computers....

my company has given up on WinTel [an Intel-based computer running Windows]. We have successfully moved to Mac in less than two days. Think about it: a security-friendly alternative that works and doesn't require gobs of third-party utilities to safely perform the most mundane tasks. Please follow the details of our experiment at securityawareness.blogspot.com. It's already way more interesting than I thought it would be.
Although it is often asserted that the multitudinous security problems besetting Windows computers are due simply to their large market share, professional computer experts say otherwise. The design of the Windows system is insecure from the ground up. It was never intended to be networked with other computers and proper safeguards to ensure security for the users were never put into place. Microsoft's focus has always been on making things look good on the surface, hooking as many users as possible as quickly as possible, and only later adding invisible but necessary components, and only then when absolutely necessary. Since then it has been bandaid piled on top of bandaid, never addressing the fundamental issues, never making the systems really secure. Even the fans are bailing.

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