Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Is Your Computer Safe?

Nerd Vittles put out a great little piece on why the Mac mini is such a great computer for people who don't know much about computers. Here's just a little snippet:

"...he mentioned that one of their secretaries had recently been paid a visit by the FBI. The rest of the scenario was pretty much the same. The poor woman had no idea her PC had become one of the busiest porno sites in the state of Virginia."

Now, it really isn't that difficult to keep a Windows PC secure, but if you, or someone you know, doesn't know anything about computers (and let's face it, that's a lot of folks!), the Mac mini really is a great opportunity to reopen the world of computing to people. You can have all the benefits of a secure computing system without any of the work or knowledge, and that's a big deal these days. Personally, I don't have the time or money to keep a Windows PC secure on my free time. Even if I automated everything, I'd still have to pull out the credit card at least once a year and re-up to keep all of the security definitions up to date. With my Mac, I do nothing. The firewall is built in and comes turned on. There aren't any viruses than can affect my Mac, and none of the spyware out there can affect it either. Not only that, but if spyware were written for the Mac, I'd still have to approve it's installation by entering a password before it could be installed on my computer. Don't think that'll happen! The Mac makes computer security much easier on me.