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Questions From Apple Users*

Today I am going to answer a few questions submitted by readers, in the Q’s and their A’s format. apple_logo_rainbow_6_color

Q: Will the programs I have on my old Mac run on a new “Leopard” system?
A: There are enough differences in the new OS X 10.5 that some programs may need to be replaced with the latest versions that are “Leopard-compatible” (Norton AV often needs this, for example) to run at their best. The keyword is “may”: most programs will work just fine once you visit Apple Update.
Please note– if you intend to migrate your programs and data from an old machine to the new Leopard machine, make sure you have updated all the software (programs) on the old machine before initiating the migration. Leopard will/can refuse to accept programs that aren’t current.

Q: I am thinking about buying a new iMac and I was told Apple runs on Intel circuits now. Does this mean I would be vulnerable to viruses, worms and spyware like Windows? What security programs would I need?
A: While it is true that Apple runs on the same type of “circuits” as Windows PC’s now, it is not (generally) your hardware that is vulnerable to malware and hackers, but the lines of software “code” (programming) that make up your applications/programs.
Now to the second part of your question… The lines of code that make up the Mac operating system (the most recent being OSX 10.5 “Leopard”) are not currently being targeted by the bad guys.. simply because there’s too few machines running it (and the ones that are [generally] do not contain credit card number databases). However, some of the programs you would have on your Mac are being targeted for exploits– Adobe Reader, QuickTime (a media format/player) and the Safari browser, notably. (None of which you need, btw.)
And now the last part: as things stand, today, there have been worms distributed via P2P “file sharing”, rogue “cleaners”, and there’s now an “iBotnet” of infected Macs. This new trend will only increase as Apple’s marketshare grows. Mac users should not think themselves immune.

Today’s free link: There’s been some nifty new features added to Gmail, which has been getting some attention. The Official Gmail Blog has the details.

Today’s free download: I’m keeping with a Macintosh theme today, and so today’s app is for Apple users. I don’t want it said that I never think of you guys! Watch TV on your iMac with Miro, a C/Net Editor’s Choice. Description: “Democracy Player is a free and open source internet TV/video podcast application, with a beautiful, easy to use interface. You can subscribe to any Internet TV channel, including video podcasts, video RSS feeds, bittorrent feeds, and video blogs. A built-in Channel Guide lists hundreds of channels of all types, all free to subscribe to. Browse videos, download, and watch fullscreen– all in the same application.

* Folks, please don’t write to tell me “Norton is evil”. Read the reviews for NIS 2008 [and NIS 2009]. It may open your eyes.

* Orig post 09/18/08

Copyright 2007-9 © Tech Paul. All rights reserved. post to jaanix

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