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joabe
11-26-2017, 09:53 PM
I have 2009 Desktop OS X El Capitan Version 10.11.6 It works just fine for my needs, but I'm being told I should buy a new Mac because this 9 year old model is more vulnerable to being hacked. Is that accurate? Should I find the money and buy a new Mac?

Raz0rEdge
11-26-2017, 10:14 PM
Please provide more details about our Mac. I have a late-2009 iMac that can be upgraded to macOS High Sierra but likely not beyond that. If you can upgrade to High Sierra, you should. From a security standpoint, El Capitan is a secure OS and is not any more prone to being hacked than the newer versions of macOS. You can further protect yourself by keeping a close eye on where you get your files/applications from.

pm-r
11-27-2017, 12:19 AM
From a security standpoint, El Capitan is a secure OS and is not any more prone to being hacked than the newer versions of macOS. You can further protect yourself by keeping a close eye on where you get your files/applications from.


+1 !!!! We're running even older Macs with El Cap'n and they still get Apple security updates and recent current protection files.

But I'd be more concerned about your "advisors" and the questionable info they are providing you with. :Smirk:




- Patrick
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dtravis7
11-27-2017, 02:59 AM
A Late 2009 iMac for sure (at least the one with the i5 or i7 will run High Sierra perfectly. I have seen it working and it's just as fast as it is with Sierra.

joabe
11-30-2017, 05:16 PM
+1 !!!! We're running even older Macs with El Cap'n and they still get Apple security updates and recent current protection files.

But I'd be more concerned about your "advisors" and the questionable info they are providing you with. :Smirk:




- Patrick
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Thank you Patrick, I'm going to keep my using my Mac Desktop. My only concern was the security and you answered that question.
Our son is a 2005 grad of the University of Victoria. He loved BC.

pm-r
11-30-2017, 06:12 PM
Our son is a 2005 grad of the University of Victoria. He loved BC.


Neat, and I'm glad he enjoyed it.
That makes two UVIC grads, but quite a few years difference in grad times between us but closer to our son's grad time. ;)

PS: I seems we older Mac and OS X users missed out on Apple's latest potential security goof up. :Mischievous:




- Patrick
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chscag
11-30-2017, 06:38 PM
PS: I seems we older Mac and OS X users missed out on Apple's latest potential security goof up.

I'm sure there will be other opportunities for you Patrick. The way Cupertino has been going lately, it's only a matter of time. ;D

pigoo3
11-30-2017, 06:40 PM
I have 2009 Desktop OS X El Capitan Version 10.11.6 It works just fine for my needs, but I'm being told I should buy a new Mac because this 9 year old model is more vulnerable to being hacked. Is that accurate?

A computer being hacked for the most part relies mostly on two things:

1. Being a safe & smart computer user. Which means:

- staying away from "bad" websites
- don't click on links in "bad" websites
- don't install apps downloaded from "bad" websites
- don't reply to emails if you don't know where or who they are coming from
- don't click on links in emails you don't know where or who they are coming from

2. Hacking is really not so much related to the age of the computer...but the age of the OS version it's running & the security updates that OS version is still receiving. El Capitan is fine.:)

Please tell the person who told you your computer should be replaced because it's "old" (and more vulnerable to hacking)...to stop giving out bad advice if they really don't know what they're talking about! LOL

- Nick

pm-r
11-30-2017, 07:14 PM
I'm sure there will be other opportunities for you Patrick. The way Cupertino has been going lately, it's only a matter of time.


OMG!!! I never thought of that and you could be quite correct. :Oops:

They may want to find some of their old good OS X code and suck it back so they can use it elsewhere. No sense paying any extra licensing royalty fees if they can salvage back some they may think they can use from some old OS versions.



- Patrick
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