Category: Apple/Mac

Considering Getting a Mac?

Considering Getting a Mac?

If you are thinking about getting a new computer and you are considering getting a Mac instead of a Windows computer, here are some things you should be aware of.

  1. Usability
    Macs are very good computers, but using them is quite a bit different from using a Windows PC. I’m not saying one is better than the other, just that they are different. So if you are used to Windows, there’s going to be a learning curve as you learn to use a Mac just like if you were used to a Mac, moving to a Windows PC would present a learning curve as well.

  2. Software
    Windows software won’t on a Mac unless you run it under a Windows emulator. Not all Windows software can be run under an emulator called Boot Camp. Running under an emulator is slower than running a program native to the Mac. For that reason, you may need/want to purchase Mac versions of your software. I’m referring to software like Quicken, Quickbooks, Office (Word,  Excel, etc.), card games, or any other software that you run on your current Windows PC.

  3. Security
    Despite what you may have read, Macs are vulnerable to infection. So you will need to make sure you install a good anti-virus/anti-spyware security program.

  4. Cost
    Macs cost a little more to purchase and they also cost a little more to repair.

  5. Compatibility
    Before purchasing a mac, check printers, scanners, phones, or any devices you connect to your computer to make sure they are compatible with the Mac.

We aren’t trying to talk you out of getting a Mac. As we said, Macs are good computers. We just want  you to be aware of the differences between them and know what you are getting into.

If you get a Mac, we can transfer the data from your Windows PC to your Mac. Our REST, HOST, and BEST service plans all support the Mac, so we’ve got you covered.

Google Versus Apple

Google Versus Apple

Google Versus Apple

Apple and Microsoft have been battling it out since the two companies were formed. In the world of computers, Microsoft has been the clear winner for a very long time. However, computers are not the only market where the two companies compete. Two other big areas are portable audio and cell phones. Microsoft has never been successful at matching Apple’s success in these markets.  Although the Microsoft Zune and Windows 7 phones are very good products, they have never gained anywhere the popularity of  Apple’s iPod and iPhone.

In the last few years, however, there has been one company who has not only been able to compete with Apple in the cell phone market, they have taken the number one spot away from Apple. That company is Google. Google’s Android operating system has unseated the iPhone as the best-selling smart phone.

What has separated Apple from the pack in the past is their goal to create products that are simple and easy to use, even for the common, no so gadget-minded person. They do this not only through the design of the product, through control of how the product is used. For example, with the iPhone, Apple has worked very hard to restrict which applications you can download and install on your iPhone. They also control the App Store and make it very hard for you to use any application other than those on their App Store.  You can “jailbreak” your iPhone so that you can use other applications, but it’s a complicated process and you risk voiding your warranty. Because of that, most people won’t do it. Google’s Android phone, on the other hand, is not only very configurable, it’s not restricted like the iPhone is either.

Another example of Apple’s control is on the iPod. You MUST use iTunes to load music onto your iPod. Other mp3 players on the market allow you to manually drag and drop music. You can also use any of the slew of media players for Windows to load your mp3 player. But you can only use iTunes with an iPod.

Apple’s strategy has obviously worked well for them in the past, but that may be coming to an end. Apple’s target market is people who are intimidated by gadgets and people who are technology challenged. But that part of the population is declining. With each new generation, there are more and more people who grew up with this technology. Those people want features and flexibility. They aren’t afraid of technology. In fact, they embrace it. Apple is simply going to have to change their strategy if they are going to compete with Google.

Apple’s latest success has been the iPad. It uses the same operating system as the iPhone, so it has the same restrictions and control. It has been very successful, but it’s about to be unseated just like the iPhone was. How, you might ask? Google’s Android operating system that runs on phones is being used on tablets now. A comparison in a recent issue of “Maximum PC” magazine compared the Motorola Xoom (a tablet running Android) with Apple’s iPad 2. Out of seven categories, they tied in a one category. The iPad 2 won two categories. But the Android tablet won the other four categories and was chosen as the overall favorite.

Are we saying Apple products are bad? Certainly not! Apple products are very good. Especially for those who are intimidated by technology. All we are saying is that Apple is going to have to change their strategy because their target market is shrinking.

Mac Attack

Mac Attack

In an article earlier this month, we told you how viruses have changed over the years. They started out as pranks created by malicious people with too much time on their hands. These days, infections are big business because they bring in a lot of money. In previous articles we have also talked about Apple computers. They don’t have as many infections because there haven’t been enough of them to warrant an attack. Yes there have been infections targeted toward Apple computers, but compared to those targeted at Microsoft Windows, it was nothing.

In addition, we’ve told you before that the most common type of infection we see here at Cyber Tek Computer Pros is what is often referred to as ScareWare. These are those fake security programs that sneak onto your system, tell you your system is infected, and then try to get you to purchase their fake product promising to remove all of the supposed infections on your computer. Of course what they are really trying to do is to get your credit card number.

ScareWare infections are now starting to hit Apple computers. An infection that calls itself Mac Defender is becoming increasingly common. What is twice as dangerous about this one is that many Mac users are of the opinion that they are invulnerable to infection, which is not true. Because of this attitude, infection rates for Mac Defender are very high as overconfident Mac users are falling for this attack. Mac Defender has other names including Apple Security and MacProtect.

If you or someone you know has a Mac, please make sure anti-virus/anti-spyware security software is installed. If it’s not installed, you can download and install one for free by going to the link below. Here’s the link:

http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-antivirus-for-mac-home-edition.aspx

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