“Oh don’t worry,” your uncle said when you were shopping for a new computer. “Macs are virtually virus proof.” Your uncle was wrong.Source: The World’s First Firmware Worm for Mac Is Here, and It Sounds Scary
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I’ve said for years “You NEED AntiVirus software on ANY computer”. Sure you are less likely (for now) to get a Virus on a Mac, BUT it is defiantly possible. So get a trusted AV and install it. Worst case scenario install a free one and periodically scan. It doesn’t hurt. Not sure? Just ask us, we love to help! – R.
An Italian teen who we will call talented but irresponsible found and developed an exploit of Apple’s Mac OS. Talented in that he could find not just one but two in the relatively secure Mac OS. Irresponsible in that he published the details on GitHub only hours after notifying the software giant of his discovery. It is customary to allow the developer time to address and patch an issue before disclosing it to the world for every hacker to jump on and exploit. What he did by discovering the flaws is commendable. But by disclosing them without any adequate time for the developer (Apple) to respond is reckless and causes a large issue opening even more computers to hack attempts because of his rush to seek fame.
The exploit he developed yields root accessSource: Italian teen finds two zero-day vulnerabilities in OS X | Network World
Apple and Google prepare patches for FREAK SSL flaw | ZDNet.
I just read the attached article and got to thinking. I would have to say that over the years MS has lost a lot. I really like some of it’s products, but like this guy, 2014 has seen me give up most of what I used to do daily in the MS world. I write this on a 27″ iMac (one at the office and at home), my notebook a MacBook Pro, my tablet an iPad, my phone an iPhone 6. All synced nicely via iCloud. I do have Parallels and a Win7 image loaded. But mostly just use the Terminal server from any of my Macs. No, I’m not an Apple fan boy. I’m a consultant. I like the technology not the brand. I will tell you the things I like better on each platform. But right now on a daily basis I spend most of my time on in the Apple environment. I use a PC for QuickBooks and vSphere (a utility). There is a Mac and a Cloud based of QB, but missing features of the PC version. Support wise, this year alone we have had at least 3 clients that MS just gave up on, or rather when MS could not solve the clients issues we chose other (non-MS) solutions that worked for them. This is a bad practice even for a Giant like MS. Windows 8.x was a really bad move and I have not met another tech that actually likes it. It seems like MS puts our a crap version to draw in some revenue then a better version. It’s like watching a trilogy knowing that the really good one won’t be out till next summer. lol Don’t get me wrong. I have been a Microsoft partner for about 20 years and will continue to sell and support their products. I’m just saying that there are many other options where this is concerned. I am also an Apple Consultants Network Member. 😉 Anyway, the article below made me think about how far I have moved away from a strictly MS environment over the years. I wonder what the future will bring.
Want some good tips for OS X Yosemite? Check out the article below on Trusted Reviews. You might find something interesting.
This has some inaccuracies I think. You can use Siri hands free whenever plugged in. Just say “Hey Siri”. It’s one of my favorite features. It also has the slide to delete notifications. Dictation now does show the words as you speak as well. I would definitely like more options or widgets. What do you think? iPhone vs. Android: Which is better? – CNNMoney.
The vulnerability seems to only effect admin users. By default on most Macs that is everyone. You can create a user and remove admin rights from that user, then use it primarily. This seems to reduce or eliminate the threat. At least as indicated by the article below on Geek.com. This is a good practice to have anyways, so do it now! Not sure how? Call us. Read more below. Mac OS X ‘rootpipe’ security vulnerability discovered, but there’s no fix date yet | Apple | Geek.com.
Some Really good advice on battery life for iOS devices from Gizmodo. 11 Tips to Keep iOS 7 From Destroying Your Battery Life.
To me this sounds shady. What do you think? Should Apple be allowed to trademark something as generic as the term “Startup”? I think not, but since they were able to patent rounded corners who can put anything past them. Apple attempts to trademark the word startup | ZDNet.