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A few common Mac questions answered


 

Hello again! In this article, I will be answering some common questions about Apple products and operating systems, feel free to contact me with any more questions!


Do Apple computers (Macs) get viruses?

While Apple computers, commonly known as Macs, are generally considered to be more secure than Windows-based computers, they are not immune to viruses. In the past, Macs were less targeted by malware due to their lower market share (most recently around 14% worldwide) compared to Windows PCs. However, as the popularity of Macs has increased, so has the interest of attackers in developing malware specifically targeting macOS.


Mac users can still encounter various forms of malware, such as viruses, Trojans, ransomware, and adware. These malicious programs can be distributed through email attachments, software downloads from untrusted sources, compromised websites, or even fake software updates.


Apple has implemented security measures in macOS, such as Gatekeeper, XProtect, and the App Sandbox, to help protect users from malware. Additionally, the App Store has strict guidelines for app submissions, reducing the risk of downloading malicious software from official sources. However, no security system is entirely foolproof, and it's important for Mac users to remain vigilant, practice safe browsing habits, keep their operating system and applications up to date, and use reputable antivirus software to minimize the risk of infection.


It's worth noting that while the likelihood of encountering malware on a Mac may be relatively lower compared to Windows, the impact of a successful attack can still be significant. Therefore, maintaining good security practices is essential regardless of the platform you use.


How do you scan using a Mac?

Scanning with a Mac could not be easier using the built-in Preview app. To scan, place your document on the glass or feeder, and open Preview. Click on File > Import from YourPrinterName. Then, you will see a scan button in the window that appears, just click that and the file opens in Preview where you can easily share by email or text, or save the file locally on your computer.


How often should you replace your Mac?

The frequency of replacing a Mac computer can vary depending on several factors, including your specific needs, the performance requirements of the tasks you perform, and the longevity of the hardware. There is no fixed timeframe for replacing a Mac, as it ultimately depends on individual circumstances. However, here are some factors to consider when deciding whether to replace your Mac:


  • Performance: As software and applications evolve, they may require more computing power and resources. If your Mac can no longer keep up with the demands of your work or starts to feel sluggish, it may be a sign that an upgrade or replacement is necessary.


  • Compatibility: Newer operating systems and software updates may not be fully compatible with older Mac models. If you find that you are unable to upgrade to the latest macOS version or experience compatibility issues with essential software, it might be time to consider upgrading your Mac. Apple usually keeps their computers compatible with software for 5-6 years which is above most industry leaders.


  • Hardware Issues: Over time, components of your Mac may start to fail or become unreliable. If you experience frequent hardware problems, such as issues with the display, battery, keyboard, or storage, it could be an indication that it's time for a replacement.


  • Future Needs: Consider your anticipated future needs. If you expect your computing requirements to increase significantly, such as for demanding software, video editing, or gaming, it may be wise to invest in a more powerful Mac that can handle those tasks effectively.


  • Longevity: Mac computers are known for their longevity, and with proper maintenance and care, they can last for several years. However, eventually, technology advances and older models may struggle to meet the demands of modern software and applications.


  • Budget: Affordability is an important consideration. Mac computers tend to be relatively expensive compared to some other brands. If your current Mac is still capable of performing your required tasks adequately, you may choose to hold off on replacement until it becomes necessary.


Ultimately, the decision to replace your Mac should be based on a combination of factors, including performance, compatibility, hardware issues, future needs, and budget constraints. It's a good idea to regularly assess the performance of your Mac and stay informed about the latest technological advancements to make an informed decision about upgrading or replacing your computer.


 

Jeff is an Apple Certified Support Professional.

He can be reached at 239.595.0482 or by email at jeff@jeffbohr.com.

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