Feb 27, 2014

How to continue using OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard safely?

Apple has apparently stopped updating Snow Leopard. Is there any way to continue to use it safely, or is the only safe option an update to a newer version of OS X?

You should definitely upgrade your computer. Otherwise you are taking a real risk with security over time.
You really need to update your OS, assuming your hardware will support a newer version of OS X. I suppose if you aren’t online with that Mac and just use it for things like word processing or as a music server you would be ok. It’s like Windows XP, except XP was released in 2001 and Microsoft is ending support now, whereas Snow Leopard was a 2009 release. Another way that Snow Leopard is similar to XP is that the both still have a large active install base; it is estimated that 1 in 5 Macs are running Snow Leopard right now, and they are being left out in the cold. That’s part of the deal with Apple, you are going to have an unsupported OS in 5 years, max, after you get a Mac. They either force you to upgrade or use an unsafe machine - your choice.
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