Comparing Operating Systems – Windows vs Linux

Linux vs Windows

Linux and Windows, both well known operating systems, have beneficial and detrimental components. Many applications are available for Windows making it a top choice for those looking for something with variety. Both flexible and reliable, Linux is a free operating system that many people enjoy. Let’s look more deeply into why you might prefer either Windows or Linux for your operating system.

Ease of use is the primary benefit that Windows offers over Linux operating systems. This is because Microsoft has easily earned it’s name as the best and the most popular operating system in the whole world. So the vast majority of programs and applications out there are designed to work on Windows operating systems. If you like to play certain games, for example, it’s likely that you’ll need a Windows based computer to play them. There are some ways to run a Windows application on a Linux system but this requires you to make more of an effort as well as the technical ability than it would to run them on a Windows based PC. This makes Windows a better choice for a casual computer user who only wants to run the programs that are the most popular. Although Linux does have a lot to offer, the majority of people do not know about it and therefore ignore it altogether. This operating system is actually very popular and many applications can be executed and used with this seemingly obscure operating system. So the fact that you can’t easily run Microsoft programs on this platform doesn’t have to limit you. The Linux OS has a variety of applications including e-mail, graphics, and other applications which are very similar to many Windows programs. These are often at least as good and easy to use as Windows programs. Communicating with Windows computers can be problematic, which is something you don’t want to have problems with, especially if you are doing business.

People that use Linux have noticed that it is much more reliable than Windows overall. Every version of Windows that has ever been released has had problems in the system itself. The Windows operating system is known for crashing. Those that use Linux understand that it not only turns on and off much more quickly, but seldom ever crashes. Although Linux has a lot less memory than Windows, it utilizes what it has more efficiently. The performance and speed of your system will definitely improve. Even though Windows is a much more popular platform, it can be quirky, which may motivate you to try the Linux OS and see what it can do for you.

Even though Linux has a lot of positive and compelling reasons to try it out, most people will probably want to stick with Windows. The majority of people simply want to turn on their computer and have it run. If that you the issue for you, stick with Windows as an operating system. If you’re more adventurous when it comes to technology, Linux offers you an alternative that’s worth exploring.

3 Effective Mac OS Tips You May Not Know About

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Our guess is that many of you are taking a lot of time to learn the tips for the new Mac OS. This is perfectly understandable and normal when someone has a new operating system, whether it is Windows or Mac. But you know, that is just part of the fun that goes with getting a new OS. Those who don’t like to discover the bells and whistles of a new operating system, simply wait until someone else writes about them. The people who enjoy doing this are more than happy to share their discoveries with the rest of the online community. So in that spirit we offer you several very cool and helpful Mac OS tips, and we know they will help you get things done faster.

There is oftentimes, while we are working, that we need to resize a window. It’s our opinion that you will appreciate a new Mac OS Lion feature that makes this task easier to accomplish. You can do this by putting your mouse cursor at the edge of the window you wish to resize. A special cursor will appear just to help you resize the window. Due to the fact that our favorite way of working is with several windows open at once, we appreciate this feature. Anytime you have a lot of open windows, for us at least, we need to do some resizing just for screen window management, etc. The cursor that changes and pops up will allow you to resize the window according to what you like When you have the windows to the size you prefer, you simply go back to work.

The indicator lights that were on whenever an app was open was a source of annoyance to a lot of people before the Mac OS X Lion was introduced. Now, however, the Dock offers features that make working more convenient as well as easier. As a result, you can now turn off those irritating indicator lights if you want to. First, make the appropriate selection when you are in System Preferences. Next, go to Dock and make your choice to have the indicator lights enabled or disabled.

Almost since the beginning, we have been able to copy a file easily from one location to another location. You, undoubtedly, have used this function many times. Has it caused you to become aggravated from time to time? What a lot of people find annoying is that, after they have copied a file to a new location, a copy of the file remains in the old location as well.

The result is not that way anymore when you keyboard in the Command C and V shortcut keys. You will actually be moving the file from the original location to the new location, not just making a copy of it. If you don’t like taking your fingers off of your keyboard, this feature is very convenient. However, you must keep in mind that you have completely moved the file. It won’t still be in the original location.

We did include what may appear to be just a keyboard shortcut and not a pure Mac OS tip. However, keep in mind that any Mac OS tips may be geared towards a specific Mac OS version. So that means it is still a solid OS tip for Mac users. Enjoy using the tips we’ve given you and take the time to find more for your particular version. There are an abundance of tips out there just waiting for you to discover.

Windows Vs. Mac OS – Comparing The Giants

Computers have gotten much faster during the last few years, and that goes for operating systems from either Windows or Mac. You have needs that your operating system should provide, and that is how you should choose which one to have. What follows is a comparison that can help you decide whether a Mac or Windows-based system is best for you.

Compatibility issues are one of the main reasons that people typically choose Windows over Mac. Due to the fact that more people are choosing Windows, more software applications are made for it’s operating system.

Even if the software comes in a Mac version it typically runs differently and isn’t always fully compatible. Still, with today’s Mac computers, you can easily run Windows through Bootcamp. This means that any Mac computer with a recent release date can run Windows. The opposite (running Mac on Windows), however, isn’t an option and probably won’t ever be available. Before now, if you wanted to run Windows on a Mac, you needed to deal solely with programs like Virtual PC, which are slow and absolutely unreliable, but this isn’t the case anymore. So if you have to read files or want to play a game that only works with Windows, you can do this on a Mac.

If you are a follower of tech news, you’ve undoubtedly heard quite a bit about Windows 8, the next important update being offered by the Windows operating system. For some users, this will be the clincher in the Windows Vs. Mac debate because Windows is promising that the new release is going to be packed with some radical new features. Most importantly, Windows 8 will give you the option of using your computer as a tablet, with a highly functional touchscreen. There are also going to be some options for choosing traditional keyboards and mouses. Obviously, however, as of this article’s writing date, Windows 8 is still just something that we can only look forward to. The earliest release date we can find is sometime in 2012. And by then Mac will probably have something in the works to rival it.

If you sit at a computer a lot, you might want one that you like its design and appearance. There are a lot of people who end up getting a Mac, because they like the way it looks. Apple has always put a lot of effort into designing products that are attractive and ergonomic as well as high functioning. Many brands have tried to keep their costs down, but attractive looks are important with Apple, and their designs. With a little effort, you can find what appeals to you in nicely designed, Windows-based computers. The looks are something to think about, but the most important factor of a computer isn’t the design. These are just some of the things you should think about when you are trying to choose between the Windows and Mac operating systems. If you are having trouble making up your mind, it’s a good idea to visit one of the larger computer stores, including one of the nearby Apple stores. This way you can see both Windows and Mac based computers up close and see which one you find more appealing.

Cyber Security Companies and You

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Have you noticed the increasing use of the term “cyber security” in global media these days? This phrase is being used to describe everything from antivirus programs to managed firewalls to insider threat, so what does it mean to your business?

Cyber Security Threats on the Increase

If you look at any report from the major IT security suppliers, you’ll see one consistent fact – cyber crime is on the increase. Around half of all small businesses last year were the victim of some kind of cyber security attack, whether it be a malware or virus attack or something more sinister – like a ransomware attack.

Ransomware is particularly evil… it involves the cyber criminal locking you out of your own data or website until you pay them (normally) thousands of dollars. The worst part is that you’ve got no guarantees they will either release your IP or not try the same trick in a month’s time!

As a result of these kinds of situations, we’re also seeing an increase in the number of cyber security companies launching around the world. As the old saying goes, where there’s a problem there’s also an opportunity, right?

But the big question for you is this: how to you know which cyber security company is the right one for your organisation?

Choosing the Right Cyber Security Company

Any business which is less than 2 years old is likely to still be struggling with “startup pains”. This doesn’t mean the business owners are not skilled, and it doesn’t mean they’re not great people to work with – it just means you need to consider the amount of money you’re paying with them and what kind of problems you should expect.

Choosing a more established, “house hold name” company on the other hand presents the issue of paying a premium for the service. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but if your own business is not flush with cash it’s certainly something you’ll want to bear in mind.

As with any service or product, there is a balance between price and value. So be sure you compare apples with apples, focusing only on the cyber security services that really matter to you. Why pay for things you don’t need? Challenge the cyber security providers to break up their “packages” to custom-fit your own specific situation.

Protect Your Company From Inside Threat an Outside Threat

One of the main causes of cyber attack is from within the organisation. This fact both shocks and scares many business leaders, because it suddenly means their own people may be responsible for damages against their company.

Insider threat isn’t limited to purely malicious attacks though – it can also refer to situations where people are tricked or duped (known as phishing or spearphishing) into revealing their IT credentials or other confidential information.

This information is then used by the cyber criminal to access restricted files or systems for the purpose of blackmail, espionage or simple mischief.

So while it’s important to protect your business from outside cyber attacks, be sure to educate your staff on their own responsibilities and obligations – to protect them, their company and their customers from cyber security threats.

Managed Firewall Solutions to Protect Your Business

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Most small to medium sized businesses owners don’t think about managed firewall solutions. They’re like you – already busy with the operational side of running their organisations. From finding new clients to invoicing their existing ones, dealing with customer and staff issues, trying to make payroll and handling their tax obligations. Network security is often the last thing on their minds!

So what is a managed firewall and why should you care?

Benefits of Managed Firewalls

Managed firewall companies can protect your business 24×7 while you are free to focus on your core business. Just as you’d pay an accountant to do your books for you (unless you’re an accounting firm!) and a cleaning company to clean your office (unless you’re a cleaning company!) it also makes sense to trust specialised experts to manage your IT security.

After all, if you want to manage your own internal network firewall, you’ve got to hire, manage and train high-salary-demanding network engineers. To support your office around the clock, you’ve got to hire enough staff to manage multiple shifts – including (to use an IT term) – redundancy, in case one of your staff are sick or need time off. This means you’re looking at a minimum of 4 staff to adequately cover the duties of keeping your firewall and related cyber security services operational. With an average wage of $100,000 you’re looking to invest $400k right off the bat!

Managed firewalls help you avoid this massive cost blowout. The managed firewall company will leverage their own resources across multiple accounts like yours, to reduce your costs for protecting your business from cyber attacks and internal threat.

Managed Firewall Maintenance

Just like your desktop and laptop computers, it’s not enough to simply purchase a firewall service and leave it be. If you’ve purchased a firewall device off the shelf from a firewall provider, you’ll also have to make sure it’s updated with security patches and operating system updates. Otherwise you’ll be leaving your system vulnerable to attack from cyber criminals who aim to exploit security holes in outdated software code.

By engaging a managed firewall provider however, you don’t have to consider this activity – it will be included in your monthly maintenance program.

This means you can simply pay your monthly invoice and know you’re in good hands!

Levels of Network Security

Not all cloud managed firewalls are made equal, so it pays to do your homework before committing to any one solution. Some firewalls will simply block suspect traffic, while others will be able to automatically scan all incoming and outgoing documents.

Obviously the price you’ll pay will vary according to the features you need. Then it becomes a business decision to weigh up the costs vs the benefits you expect to see for that investment.