A term used in the world of computers, cross-platform, also called multi-platform, refers to the entire methodology of theories and systems used to run computers on more than one platform. The term encompasses both application and operation.
In some cases software that comes under the category may be run directly, with little or no preparation, in other cases it needs to be custom made for the purpose and platform on which it is implemented.
Examples for cross-platform abound. Think about the Mac OSX on x86 oriented Macintosh systems or on the PowerPC. You might even remember x86 architecture in connection to Linux and Windows.
Cross-platform functionality is a common, essential concept which lets you solve issues using just one project across platforms. This means less expenditure on checking the efficacy of the technology deployed.
But there are problems in cross platform especially in the form of security threats. While it looks like a ‘one size fits all’, the nature of the problems and the bugs therein is different and will need different approaches. So you might still need to work differently for different systems.
Another concern is that cross-platform applications don’t always take into account the difference between systems, including placement of buttons and so on. This could make for a less than satisfactory user experience.
While working at different levels need not be a serious worry, depending on how you look at it, security threats cannot be ignored at all. Hackers exploit the same weakness across various platforms by focusing on just one platform to do so. You’d be surprised to know that this is an issue in stuff you use quite commonly- Java, Office, Adobe Reader and Flash. Google Chrome claims to have addressed major vulnerabilities and that is great news. But compromising of content or unsafe applications and usage is something no company ever wants to deal with. Luckily, there are solid players in the world of cross-platform security and here are a few of them-
For all platforms- BSD, OSX from Mac, Windows, Linux- you can use Zenmap, from Nmap Security Scanner. This open source application can be used at all levels and this makes it user-friendly. You can save different scan results and compare them and once you store them, they are registered in a database that is easily accessible.
For you BlackBerry users, there is the general belief that the data encryption that goes into it makes it safer. While that may be true, you can use Echoworx for more security in mobile cross-platforms. The program works by automatically encrypting all communications with no requirement of human intervention. This makes for safer content, especially with email.
So while there are many advantages to cross-platform use and application, there needs to be proper deployment of security systems in place. We hear of hackers exploiting information from years ago, making your PCs, unsafe zones. We know that Backdoor Olyx can be an especially vicious threat to cross-platform. There is need for better security and alertness.
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