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Mac malware is spreading at a frightening rate, claims report

appleAs we’ve said all along, it’s not a matter of “if” but rather “when” malware will infest the Macintosh / Apple world.  We’ve seen many nibbles and tests, especially through Apple Mail, and particularly through the iPhone. Glad to report nobody’s been really hurt that bad — other than the ransomeware victims — but things are about to get ugly, as Darren Allan points out in this article.

Just follow our rule: Watch yourself at all times, don’t let your guard down, and keep your security settings high!  Darren Allan goes on to say:

Macs are becoming an increasingly big target for malware authors, and a new report has pointed to a massive increase this year in the likes of viruses aimed at Apple’s machines (which were once regarded as relative safe havens in comparison to Windows PCs).

The findings from Malwarebytes show that as of July 2017, there has been a huge leap of 230% in Mac malware compared to the previous year.

Some categories of malicious software are increasing at an even faster rate than this, namely adware and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) according to the security firm, although it didn’t clarify any percentage rates in these cases.

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The problem with the new Apple Music app’s design — How big is too big?

Quite frankly, I’m not a huge fan of Apple Music.

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I don’t really search for music, and I really don’t want someone from California suggesting what kind of music I want. I do listen to an extraordinarily wide assortment, so sometimes, the suggestions from Apple are rediculous — they suggest some of the awfullest crap I’ve ever heard. Not only that, it doesn’t seem to work half the time, and it sometimes cannot find a tune, even when it is staring me in the face.  Strange.

The author didn’t give his/her name, just an Apple symbol and “betas” . . . writing:

At WWDC 2016, Apple introduced a new Apple Music app for iOS. This app was intended to be the home for the majority of users’ music libraries and Apple’s streaming service. It featured a radically different design from Apple’s past software, which drew both some criticism and praise. No matter which side of the debate you fall on, there are some issues that make it evident Apple isn’t paying the same attention they used to.

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Sorry, But Silicon Valley Isn’t Special Anymore

Conor Sen writes . . .

Tech has plenty of reasons to pretend it’s an industry of upstarts. That facade is crumbling.

Silicon Valley has a perception problem. Steve Jobs once said, speaking about the irreverent culture he helped create, that “it’s better to be a pirate than join the navy.” This ethos served…

Sorry, But Silicon Valley Isn’t Special Anymore

Note to self:  many posts now are duplicated on Medium, just like this one which would be miserable on Bloomberg, but very pleasant and readable on Medium.  BRAVO!

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Do NOT let your Paypal Account get stolen!

ALERT : Cyber Crime SCAM

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Once your PayPal account is compromised, it will be nearly impossible to get it back in time!  Cyber crooks are very skilled at stealing accounts, then stealing all you’ve got!

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FAKE NEWS can do more harm than you think … if you click it in this phishiing email, you may become a victim!

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People cannot resist a good juicy story these days … Clickbait and Fake News are trying to make you click — but don’t do it!  This one takes you to a page selling drugs online, and it’s a very convincing story!  If you click in the email though, they’ve got your account, and you’ll never get off their list.

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Facebook Update : Pakistan, Snapchat, Political Propaganda, malicious actors, murder videos and more

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UGNN InfoManager news all about social media and Facebook What did they call them in the old days? “Snuff films”? Now, Facebook has opened the snuff film debackle to the general public. You no longer have to purchase super-8 film from dirty book shops or shady Asian guys in back alleys, you can just log into your Facebook account to watch people being murdered — shot, hung, strangled, what have you. No favorites are played, you can even see police shooting people, boaters shooting pirates, angry moms hanging their babies, and more. And you believe everything you read on Facebook, right? Follow along . . .

  • Facebook posts in Pakistan can be deadly — especially fake ones
  • Facebook is being used as propaganda tool by ‘malicious actors’
  • ‘Story’ of their lives: Can Facebook outmaneuver Snapchat
  • Facebook Gearing Up to Fight Political Propaganda
  • How to not get scammed on Facebook Marketplace
  • Google, Facebook get scammed
  • Facebook is a Drug Dealer

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How to clear you Google Search history

Use these steps to clear you Google Search History

 

 

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Farewell From Lynn

It is hard to accept this, but it is necessary. Continue reading »

Have the predictions come true? How big is too big to fail? How big is too big to litigate? How big is too big to hide from?

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User Group Network UGN Safenetting and cyber world report Since I’m in the middle of reading the book “Future Crimes” for the 2nd time, I’m learning a lot about the internet, cyber security, who the players are, and what the real threats are. If you are still worried about the NSA, or Snoden’s revelations, or even the Russian hacks and Wikileaks, you’re doomed to ignorance. These are kindergarten games compared to the real Big Brothers who stalk us all.
      Who was the face on the big monitor in Apple’s 1984 commercial? Was he too big to fail? Was he too big to question? Did the prediction fail? Did you use Facebook or Google today?

  • Do we need Google to be the Internet police? And do we even want it?
  • Google must pay taxes to fund ridding web of child abuse
  • Google will soon call out websites for not being secure
  • Did You Know Google Has a New 2017 Website Requirement?
  • Google, The Internet Police Force, Aims At Mobile
  • Be the internet police, not an internet dictator
  • When Did Google Become the Internet Police?
  • Google Outs Itself As The Internet Police
  • The rise of the Internet police
  • The New Censorship

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New phishing wave uses Apple cloud to bait you into clicking

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Cyber Security Update: Hackers, China, Trump, Putin, Russia, Yahoo, Virus, Malware and much more!

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It’s a new year, and the elections are over. We have a new president we should all be standing behind. But there’s trouble in the world, and many people are pandering to it without even an inkling of the truth. The trouble isn’t what you think. It’s far more insidious than even those protesters can fathom. It will come slowly and quietly, until you suddenly discover it was happening all along, and the world is powerless to stop it.
  • Cybersecurity experts worried about Russian hackers. One says: Look, a squirrel!
  • Russian national detained in Spain suspected of developing computer malware
  • Malware Scam Targets Google Chrome User’s Using ‘Font Update’ Technique
  • Evaluating the US-China Cybersecurity Agreement, Part 2: China’s Take
  • Malware infects Popeyes restaurants, compromising credit cards
  • Mac-compatible ‘Fruitfly’ malware escapes detection for years
  • Carbanak Malware Uses Google Svcs As C&C Servers
  • How Secure Will Cyber Security Be Under Trump?
  • That fake news story might come with malware

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Default Folder X 5.1

MADE IN AMERICA Default Folder IconDenver, Colorado – St. Clair Software has delivered Default Folder X 5.1. This version of its award-winning utility for enhancing Open and Save dialogs offers new capabilities, letting you copy, move and make aliases to files without leaving the file dialog. It also lets you easily change creation and modification dates, addresses compatibility issues, and improves Default Folder X‘s reliability. Continue reading »

Koolova ransomware

Neowin.net has this article about a new ransomware that decrypts your files for free if you read two security articles.  Continue reading »

Top Searches on Wikipedia for 2016

Wikipedia BlogThe English Wikipedia’s list is led by the United States president-elect, who topped all other articles with nearly three times more views than last year’s #1. But the second-screen effect powered Britain’s queen, Pablo Escobar, and O. J. Simpson to surprisingly high places..

In total, there were over 76 million views on the English-language article about the US president-elect, making it 2016’s most-viewed Wikipedia article. That total is nearly three times more than 2015’s first-place article, which had just under 28 million.

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How Far to That Galaxy?

One of the most basic questions in astronomy is how far away something is. Now, a new catalog of objects will help scientists answer that question for tens of thousands of objects that are so far away they date back to the beginning of the universe.

… The more objects the catalog has in it, the easier it is to figure out how big the universe actually is and how fast it is expanding, NASA officials said in a statement. …

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