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Monday, May 30, 2005

Intel, security, and Apple

Paul Otellini, the new CEO of Intel, says that he “spends an hour a weekend removing spyware from his daughter’s computer,” according to a Wall Street Journal article about its recent All Things Digital conference. When asked whether a computer user should therefore buy a Mac instead of a PC, he seemed to agree with that idea: “If you want to fix it tomorrow, maybe you should buy something else.”

And security expert Winn Schwartau writes an interesting column entitled “Mad as hell, switching to Mac.” A few brief excerpts:
...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. 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 www.securityawareness.blogspot.com.

Too bad the column’s in Macworld. He’s just preaching to the choir.

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