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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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New phishing wave uses Apple cloud to bait you into clicking

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Stafford, United Kingdom – The developers at Wide Angle Software have announced an update to TouchCopy 16, adding support for devices using Apple‘s new iOS 10.2 release.  iOS 10.2 features a new TV app, 70+ new emoji’s and most notably greatly increased iTunes backup encryption. In iOS 10.2 Apple has encrypted their entire iTunes backup database, in conjunction with increasing the required processing power needed to validate a user’s password, making it the most secure backup encryption to date. Continue reading »

UGNN : MUG world gets active with really good stuff this week 1612-19

InfoManager : what's new online Wow! Lots and lots going on out there — I think this is the biggest edition of Musings we’ve had yet. I want to thank all those who wrote in to add your groups! Have fun discovering all this, and let us know when you post new stuff.

  • This insane example from the FCC shows why AT&T and Verizon’s zero rating schemes are a racket
  • Apple’s special tool to recover data from the MacBook Pro’s non-removable SSD
  • If you’ve ever created a Yahoo account, take these steps immediately
  • Microsoft says MacBook Pro owners are switching to Surface
  • 8 Useful iPad Features You May Not Even Know You Have
  • The best smartphone is the one you already own
  • Guy Kawasaki has officially caught up . . .
  • Replicating a NSA Spy Tool : CYBERWAR
  • Mug doing good in Central Florida!
  • How to Use Tapback Messages on Mac
  • Super Mario Run review for iOS
  • NOAA Science On a Sphere video.
  • Mac Now Supports Windows
  • They don’t like Macs!
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WiFi Signal Strength Status App

wifi_signal_strength_status_app_for_mac_icon_256x256Bangalore, India – AppYogi Software today is pleased to announce the release of WiFi Signal Strength Status App 1.0, the company’s new utility developed exclusively for macOS. WiFi Signal Strength Status App features a unique, single threaded algorithm to accurately monitor the wireless signal strength of the personal computer network. Continue reading »

UGNN : What’s hot and what’s not in the user group community this week 1612-05

InfoManager : what's new online We picked up some new ideas online this week, with musings from our friends in user groups. We want to give a special shout out to Pam Doughty with her 550 member user group (AUSOM) in Melbourne Australia, Del Missier, and our wonderful friends Gail M Murphy and Sandy Foderick for writing in this week! It’s always a pleasure to know somebody out there is still reading! Anyway, here are just a few others we thought you should see:

  • Apple’s new campus looks like it’s almost ready – according to this drone footage.
  • Downloads Make It Even Easier to Watch Netflix on the Go
  • What if the AirPort Extreme becomes the Siri Speaker?
  • How to Stop Your Computer from Slowing Down
  • Apple to creative pros: Go f*** yourselves
  • Best Apple TV Wireless Bluetooth Speakers
  • How to Stop iCloud Calendar Spam
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See Traffic and Drive Times on Mac Menu Bar – Chop Commute

 Chop Commute - See Traffic and Drive Times on Mac Menu Bar Chop Commute is a Mac app that takes the guess work out of daily commute by showing real-time traffic and drive times right on the Mac menu bar as a tray icon. Beat the traffic – save time and money by leaving for work or home at the right time.

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Apple InfoManager: Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Trump, Cook, Colburn, iPhones, iPads, Watches and MacBooks!

UGNN InfoManager news all about Apple and Apple computers Black Friday is behind us, and CyberMonday is TODAY (assuming you get this on Monday!) So what’s next? The deals are hot, the products amazing and we’re all bozos on this bus. From deals to rumors to dates to security problems, the world of Apple marches on, and we want to be there — the InfoManager marches on . . .

  • Apple just patented an iPhone that clips to your clothes
  • How to make an iPhone speakerphone call using only Siri
  • Trump To Cook: Let’s Bring iPhone Mfg Back To America
  • Ken Colburn: Comparing new Google Pixel vs. iPhone 7
  • Can the Apple Watch Save These 2 Ailing Retailers?
  • The malicious iPhone video with a silver lining
  • iPhone & iPad Security Flaw Can Bypass Passcode
  • Apple products will be rented like Apple Music
  • Pad Mini 5 release date, rumors: March 2017
  • Best Apple Deals 2016 – Cyber Monday
  • iPhone camera may get a 3D upgrade
  • Will the iPhone 8 be a flip phone?
  • Tablets at 35,000 feet


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Cisdem Data Recovery for Mac

MADE IN AMERICAdatarecovery-icon300Madelia, Minnesota – Cisdem’s Black Friday Sale is still going on through November 30th. This is one huge sale, with 30% off for Cisdem DataRecovery, one of its hottest software for Mac. It can recover deleted, lost or formatted data from your Mac’s hard drive and other storage devices. No need to worry about data loss from now on! Continue reading »

Free Mac Backup Software

It has been said that backup software should work independently of the user.  Otherwise it won’t happen on a regular enough basis.
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UGNN : What’s hot and what’s not in the user group community this week 1611-21

InfoManager : what's new online I’m happy and sad this week. Happy because we had some fun discovering things posted by Mugs and Mug friends. However I’m sad because stupid fake, and rude posts far out-numbered real content. Even more disturbing is that it appears to be a trend. UG members who used to find real treasures that we were proud to share now just propagate junk and crap. Some of the best known MUGS in the world, known for their hugely beneficial sites and pages now dwindle to one or two real contributors. The leaders in our field and industry now tweeting dominos and media pander. Social media has proven itself as a remarkably powerful medium — for good or for bad. But it’s discouraging when it seems to be moving toward deep, snoring, mediocrity*, and that’s sad.

  • Android Phones Sending User’s Personal Data to a Firm in Shanghai?
  • Samsung phones are getting more and more like the iPhone
  • Have an iPhone 6 Plus that’s unresponsive to touch?
  • Have Mac’s Dashboard Widgets slipped away?
  • Is an App Right for You?
  • Apple Smith Haven

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Parody of Apple’s New Book

You may have heard that Apple has a new book on the market called “Designed In California.”  The book consists of 450 pages of pictures of Apple products from 1998 to this year.  It comes in two sizes for $199 and $299. Continue reading »

iPhone Update : Wireless Charging, Live Photos, an exploding iPhone and more

UGNN InfoManager news all about Apple and Apple computers You’ve been preoccupied with all the evil, hateful news leading up to election day, so you probably didn’t even see these news stories fly by — the iPhone 7 is making some real moves, but seriously folks, what you really need is the iPhone 8 !!! (Does anybody remember what a big deal it was when Apple introduced OS 8 ??? Something about the 8s and I still have that Microsoft jackeet!)

  • Upcoming iPhone’s Wireless Charging Technology Will Make You Go Wow
  • Next year’s iPhone is going to have an even bigger screen
  • Apple’s iPhone 8 just keeps looking better and better
  • How (And Why) To Turn Off Live Photos On Your iPhone
  • iPhone 7 Plus explodes in China after drop accident
  • Is the iPhone 7 Plus better than past generations?
  • Is your iPhone shutting down unexpectedly?

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Mug Musings from around the world 1610-31

InfoManager : what's new online This is seriously getting to be too much fun — to the point where I’m thinking about musings all the time! Well, October is over, and we’re rolling into the holiday season — have fun with this week’s musings :

  • Who’d Have Thought that Microsoft Would Come Up with a Good Desktop Computer Design?
  • Documents & Data: A mysterious black hole of data storage in iOS
  • It’s 2016. Why Can’t Anyone Make a Decent Freaking To-Do App?
  • Before You Go All In on Apple’s Touch Bar, Think about This
  • The Real Reason Why The UN Wants Control Over The Internet
  • 8 Things to Do Right Now if You’ve Been Hacked
  • Get ready for the holidays : Christmas Logos
  • Gumdrop’s Drop Test … are you safe?
  • MacBook Pro? Check Amazon first

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