What’s Your Fancy? PC or Mac: Both Have IT Needs

One of the most controversial things that we’ve ever got from clients is: why don’t we just switch to a Mac and not have any problems?

Hate to break it to you, but as a managed IT provider with dozens of Mac-only clients, it doesn’t matter: everything has problems.

PC vs. Mac in the Workplace

From a PC World, they’ve been around for many decades with many different manufacturers, operating systems, simplicity, the ability for people to develop with minimal skill or desire for security. It also makes it very susceptible to hacking. Luckily in the last decade or so major providers for PC-based operating systems and hardware have taken it very seriously to secure their networks and products from hackers.

Now from the Apple ecosystem, it appears to be a very simple and very safe environment, but that is all about perception. What I advise people is to look at the latest rounds of patches and updates from Apple and you will find just as many if not more updates than any Windows or Linux-based system.

How Both System are the Same: Updates

Every day at Triton we have to service many Mac networks. Most of the problems just like with Windows systems are not about the actual operating system themselves, but a lot of third-party programs. Programs that run either cloud-based, locally, on a network server or even by remote. And all of these programs have to be maintained. Maintenance schedules for PCs and Macs are nearly identical, with either daily, weekly, or monthly updates that have to be applied.

How Unpatched Mac Can Be Just as Vulnerable

Macs, on the other hand, have a single operating system maintained by a single company over the last decade, it just makes management slightly easier. What I advise people is to keep on their updates either a PC or Mac and to make absolutely sure that they don’t let them lapse. Why? We have encountered multiple times people buying a Macintosh computer, and not doing a single thing with it. When the time comes for a product update then a major update to the operating system may need to be done. Now that sounds pretty simple and kinda desirable, but not really. The reason why we do updates is to make sure exploits don’t go out into the wild and start wreaking havoc with unpatched systems.

So from a Triton standpoint, our policy is this, use what you are most comfortable with. Are you most comfortable with a Windows PC? An Apple? Chrome Book? We advise you to choose what works best for you, and we will support. We are at a wonderful time in our technological evolution where a lot of the products cross work with each other all the time. So in closing go with what works. Then contact Triton Technologies.

Apple Wins the PR Battle, but Loses the War

But Once Again, No Technology Is Really Secure…The FBI Has Managed to Break Through Apples iPhone Security.

Did you doubt they could? Did you think the iPhone could really stand up to this? If you did, you need to know more about security. Good security means fast detection and real-time response. The front door can always be broken into.

Should Apple Have Folded?

Security is a funny thing. If Apple had given in, case law would have been established. Any future crime could have forced the developer to change the code, create a backdoor, or make things less secure. I know there are many people saying this isn’t true, but most of them can’t claim any security expertise. I haven’t met one serious security expert who disagrees with me – although I’m sure there are some.

Since Security Was Broken…

On the other hand, security can always be broken into…that’s why there’s a huge opportunity for every technology company right now. If you take on security there’s new business out there. We have a problem. If the FBI gained access (or some of their third party contractors), the bad guys can do it too.