Wednesday, October 13

The Challenges Facing Macs

The Challenges Facing Macs

Authentication

While Mac computers can be configured to authenticate users to Active Directory (AD) by obtaining and managing Kerberos tickets in much the same way Windows clients do, Mac computers themselves don’t typically authenticate to the directory. This creates a disconnect between the management capabilities between Windows and Macs, and can significantly impact the ability to create a single sign-on environment. Mac OS X doesn’t typically include macro-useful authentication methods, so to combat this Mac OS X authenticate users directly using their own passwords, which limits the attack surface area.

Both Mac OS X and Windows authenticate their users to AD usingTelAuthenticate, although authentication is not traditionally implemented by Mac OS X. This lack of authentication behavior puts Mac OS X at a distinct disadvantage in comparison to Windows which typically requires entering a User ID and password to gain access to Active Directory.

Both methods require you to authenticate to the Mac OS X Workgroup using a Telnet client, i.e. a separate login session is required between Mac OS X user and Mac OS X administrator.

The Mac OS X Workgroup is a separate administrative account, so to authenticate to the Mac OS X Workgroup you’ll need to replace your login session with another session using your Mac OS X administrator account.

Database & Tools

A database is a database, and it usually stores a set of tables that give specific information options (such as where contact information is stored) or a Retail Inventory Number (RIN) for a particular store. Contact information is typically stored in a specific spreadsheet, and the RIN is typically a fixed-layout variable type. The database can be used to generate reports, which can be used to compare information for sales or other purposes.

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A basic database such as Microsoft Access is set up to run all of the time, but you may want to refresh it on a frequent basis. icheat available

There are several good programs on the market that allow you to export your data into other applications such as Microsoft Excel. Excel PCs are very basic; they only contain the basic commands to import, calculate, and export. A Macran client is required to use Advanced MacroPasswords (AMD). macro passport

To use your Mac OS X computer, you’ll need a third party software in order to access it. In most cases, this software will allow you to create a DOS command window for all you Mac OS X clients. This means that when you have a problem with your Mac OS X computer, you can communicate with it by typing commands in a window.

Most applications that require user authentication (Windows authentication) are located on the Windows System, such as Security Accounts. This means that before you can access Windows authentication information, you’ll need to punch in the corresponding password into the window. However, there are some applications that don’t require passwords. For example, some e-mail clients authenticate all clients with a password, but you can still be secure with a passphrase.

Why would you purchase a security application for your Mac computer?

Anti-virus: Mac computers are generally immune to viruses that affect Windows computers, but viruses that affect Mac OS X can be malicious.

Anti-spyware: Spyware doesn’t generally attack your Mac computers, but spyware that affects or infiltrates your Mac computers could diminish your productivity. Use spyware applications that run on both systems, and be on the lookout.

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Password protection: Keep the password protection in force, whether for your own safety and/or for your clients’ safety.

Remote access: If you want to access a Mac from a PC, be ready to enter the network password for the Mac.

Start automatically: Accessing startup reduces the time it takes to boot your computer, so if you can access the network all the time, this minimizes the time it takes to boot your computer.

Turn off utilities: Unnecessary system services on a Mac can bog down your Mac’s performance and may even cause a Mac to crash.

Uninstall unwanted software: If applications aren’t used for a long time, uninstall them and properly update.

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