Executives Express Their Coolness in Spite of Windows

by | Sep/27/2012

Executives know that Macs have a “cool factor” but there is a problem. Executives who buy a Mac may find it difficult to get work done at the office.

If all you want to do is browse the web and send/receive e-mail, get the Mac and you are all set. Windows may be a “thing of the past” as far as your computer is concerned.

If you want to get other work done, forget about using Microsoft Office for the Mac. It is bad.

You could use Apple’s boot camp. It goes like this: When you turn on the Mac, your Mac will ask if you want to run Windows or Mac OS. You choose. The advantage is that your Mac basically “becomes a Windows Machine” when you want it to—and can still be a Mac the rest of the time.

Maybe the best solution is to use Fusion or Parallels. It goes like this: You boot the Mac as usual. Now, you can run Windows programs inside the Mac OS. The Microsoft Office you are used to runs fine right next to your Apple programs on the same screen. Cool.

Frankly, IT probably gave up trying to control what you do with your personal computer years ago. Ask IT to use Fusion Unity or Parallels Coherence on your Mac. Now you can “be cool” with your Mac and run all of your Windows programs, too. (With Windows 8, Microsoft may become “cool” too. Eventually.)

Please share this with your fellow executives—you may help them increase their ability to express their inner coolness, too!


  1. Larry Michael

    I’m running Parallels on a Mac Pro so I can run Windows 7. I’ve always wondered… can virus/malware/worms/etc. sneak out of the virtual machine into the Mac itself?

  2. Mike Foster

    Hi Larry, there is lots to consider.

    Potentially a file (containing malware) downloaded onto Windows could end up on the Mac, especially if you are sharing folders and files between the guest (Windows 7) and the host (Mac OS X).

    It is also possible that malware could enter your system through the Microsoft guest operating system and exploit some vulnerability in Parallels to infect the Mac

    Additionally, to make it possible for you to use Windows to browse websites, access email, and use other services on the Internet, Parallels provides Windows 7 with a connection to the Internet through the Mac’s own network connection. There are multiple ways to configure that connection, and an infection might transfer from Windows to the Mac that way too.

    In other words, yes it is possible. Perhaps unlikely, especially if you follow IT security best practices including the following recommendations:

    1) Patch your Mac OS X. See http://www.fosterinstitute.com/blog/viruses-on-macs/

    2) Patch Windows (Check for updates)

    3) Patch your applications – all of them – on both Mac and Windows. Remember Adobe reader, flash, and Java too.

    4) Keep Parallels patched

    5) Run anti-malware tools on Windows – even though Windows is running under Parallels. Microsoft Security Essentials is one inexpensive option

    6) Turn on the firewall inside of OS X

    7) Turn on the firewall inside of Windows – or make certain that your anti-malware running in Windows already includes a firewall

    8) Upgrade to the most recent versions of operating systems, parallels, and all applications to help even more

    9) And so many other steps including and not limited to your using quality anti-spam and web filtering tools, excellent backups, and developing habits that help thwart social engineering attacks,

    Please update this blog with your progress and any questions you have.


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