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New poll: Mac App Store and software purchases
Authored by: Crew on Jun 05, '12 09:28:52AM

I personally purchase as much of my software from Apple's Mac App Store. - I like the fact that it provides less of a carbon foot print (greener) way of buying software. I hate purchasing software in Box / DVD, CD/ and the box being huge nothing but a waste of resources. I like the fact I can login with my account and re-download that software when I move to a new Mac. As for Sandboxing, I am all for it. Too many developers get away with craping programing only to leave us open to hacking etc. I.e. Microsoft camp. Apple in my opinion is taking a great risk and great approach to end-user security. It may not be 100% fool proof but at least they are in fact doing something about and not waiting for third parties to fix the issue.

Personally, I think the OS should be the part of the computer that makes things work and work great and with little to no problems if possible and I think Apple's approach to secure computing environment is great start. Security should be at the OS level, and we should not have to support antivirus programs and developers like Norton, Virus Barrier etc. I may be wrong in my thinking but, antivirus software always appears to slow down a otherwise fast computer. It boggles it down it can be very non-user friendly, and it appears that although they may not be the companies themselves are behind the very viruses that infect our computers. I use antivirus on my Mac in a just in case situation. Although, there are threats out there since 1991 I have yet to run across a virus or malware on my Mac EVER!

What people forget is that Apple is offering your system to be locked down from hackers (as close to being locked down as possible) or you can open yourself up. The big thing here is that when a virus or malware attacks your computer it won't be Norton, AVS, Virus Barrier that you blame it will be Apple, Microsoft, Dell.

I think both the App Store and Signed approached is great way to keep lazy developers on their toes and responsible. I made a temporary switch from an iPhone to an Android phone had it for about 3 weeks. What surprised me most? When set up my Android phone the very first thing I was directed to was install Norton's Antivirus Software for the Android. That in itself told me I was right back in the old Microsoft / virus, malware game. Luckily it didn't take me long to get back to an iPhone.

Developers need to create great apps with attention to detail and that starts with a secure environment. If Apple fails with Gatekeeper and their version of security they will have no one to blame but themselves.

One final though we need to move away from the old way of computing and embrace a new Mac / Windows - I like simplicity at its best. - I fully respect and under those in the field where they need all the tools that then can possibly load on their mac for developing, supporting and even hacking. For those of to do that its time for the computer to change - login as the Administrator and have at it. Login as a normal every day joe and do what you need to and move on with your life.

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