Web Excursions 2022-06-22
While this is a common view shared by many, let us put some history behind this.
In 2006, Apple ran a set of media campaigns stating ‘hey, I am a Mac, I do not get viruses’,
opening up the issue of antivirus on the Mac which, for most IT professionals, is a moot subject.
I mean, if Apple says it is OK, then we will get back to polishing our Xserves.
The truth behind this perception was at that time the Mac was not being targeted by virus makers as frequently as Windows was.
Just because a piece of software works well on the other platform, it does not mean it will be as effective or work at all on macOS.
Firstly, hop onto the company’s website and look for the vendor’s documentation page.
See if there is any documentation for macOS.
Secondly, do not be afraid to drop the vendor’s support team a message before you start any project of this undertaking.
You can even make a simple enquiry such as:
“Hey I am looking to install this on some devices, is there anything I should look out for?”,
as this will help you ascertain how long it takes for them to respond
(which will, regardless of the software you choose, will always be needed)
Finally, have a look for any pre-populated mobile configuration profiles
that might be available to download directly from the vendor’s website.
It is worth mentioning at this point the software recommended by the InfoSec team might be great and works exactly as you hoped.
However, this is not always the case and my recommendation at this point is to always push back.
A common theme within organisations is the Mac must have the same antivirus software as the other platforms;
this is simply not the case
If a piece of software seems too good to be true, there is always a reason, even if it might work straight out of the box.
Always try it on a few different models, such as both Intel and Apple Silicon Macs, as well as on a wide variety of macOS versions.
Just because it works well in one scenario, does not mean it will work well on others.
they do not always play well with the Mac’s own inbuilt protection.
Another trait to be aware of is how the software is kept updated
If a provider gives you the packages to deploy each time, I would also avoid this.
You do not want to be packaging up each version and remembering to check in on the console for any releases.
What do I look for when selecting a product?
rapid, effective technical support
fits your needs and the needs of the business
day-one support with OS releases
good technical documentation
provided with configuration profiles to deploy via your MDM
no sudden CPU spikes/machine slowness
seamless updating platform
SWIA’s and CSIA’s ADV brochures stated that
the cash allocations in the SIP portfolios were “set based on a disciplined portfolio construction methodology
designed to balance performance with risk management appropriate for a client’s goal, investing time frame, and personal risk tolerance, just as with other Schwab managed products.”
This was false and misleading because the cash allocations were actually pre-set in order to reach minimum revenue targets for the Respondents
It is such a basic move in finance:
Find a way to do a valuable thing without charging for it explicitly,
because you have found a way to charge for it implicitly
Really Schwab’s mistake was pride:
It had figured out a way to hide fees in an investment product,
people noticed and said “hey there are hidden fees,”
and Schwab’s management got mad and publicly pretended that those hidden fees were something else