Posts Tagged ‘Apple’

The World’s First Firmware Worm for Mac Is Here, and It Sounds Scary

Written by Randy on . Posted in Antivirus, Apple, Internet, Randy's Blog, Security, Tech Tip

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.
“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

Italian teen finds two zero-day vulnerabilities in OS X | Network World

Written by Randy on . Posted in Apple, Randy's Blog, Security, Uncategorized

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 access
Source: Italian teen finds two zero-day vulnerabilities in OS X | Network World

​Apple and Google prepare patches for FREAK SSL flaw | ZDNet

Written by Randy on . Posted in Apple, Internet, Randy's Blog, Security, Tech

More Vulnerabilities are found in SSL and TLS.  Apple and Google prepare patches.  These issues affect the majority of Android devices and Safari from both Apple Desktop and Mobile devices. Firefox and Crome apparently not effected.  Read more below. ​Apple and Google prepare patches for FREAK SSL flaw | ZDNet.

2014: The year Microsoft lost my loyalty | ZDNet

Written by Randy on . Posted in Apple, asides, Microsoft, Randy's Blog, Tech

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.

2014: The year Microsoft lost my loyalty | ZDNet.

iPhone vs. Android: Which is better? – CNNMoney

Written by Randy on . Posted in Apple, Randy's Blog, Security, Tech Tip, Tip of the Day

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.

Mac OS X serious vulnerability discovered.

Written by Randy on . Posted in Apple, Randy's Blog, Security, Tech

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.