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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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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 »

AppDelete Lite 4.3.1

AppDelete LiteMADE IN AMERICAReggie Ashworth has announced the release and immediate availability of MAS AppDelete Lite 4.3.1, an update to his very popular application deletion utility for Mac OS X available via the Mac App Store. With a simple Drag & Drop, AppDelete Lite will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Mac users will no longer have to hunt through their system to find and delete these items manually. Continue reading »

TouchCopy

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 »

Maintain Releases Cocktail 10.1.3 (Sierra Edition)

cocktailEkero, Sweden – Maintain has announced the release of Cocktail 10.1.3 (b), the latest maintenance update for users running macOS Sierra 10.12. The update is highly recommended for all users of Cocktail (Sierra Edition).

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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 »

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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Portland Cardiologist Launches Heart Attack Prevention App

 Portland Cardiologist Launches Heart Attack Prevention App One thing you’ll notice about most user group members … none of us is getting any younger! Semler Heart for iOS devices is the first interactive app that deals directly with preventing heart disease; the #1 cause of death in this country. Continue reading »

Famous shoot’em up game apps for iOS, retro shooters! What’s Christmas without games?

Games InfoManager ... games for big kids

GAMES InfoManager Okay, once a year at least, everyone gets to be a kid again! Even grown-ups remember the thrill of those first space invader games, and shoot-em-ups — and we’ve selected the hottest and most faithful to the vintage retro games we’ve all come to know and love! Light’em up, Scotty . . . .

  • Kosmik Revenge – Retro Arcade Shoot ‘Em Up
  • Iron Mission- classic arcade shoot’em up
  • Space Falcon Reloaded Free
  • Vintage Shoot-Em-Up
  • Captain Temporium
  • Phoenix HD
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Make millions of unique fortunes on your iPhone and iPad, just Ask Fortuna

 Ask Fortuna 1.0 for iPhone and iPad makes millions of unique fortunes Ask Fortuna 1.0, is an intriguing new fortune-generator for iPhone and iPad. Ask Fortuna creates almost-random sayings and prescient prognostications with a twist. However, these are not plagiarized lists of old quotes, nor are they completely random sentences of computer-speak; They are something in between. Ask Fortuna makes millions of uniquely original sayings, guided by “artificial intelligence” that imbues its prose with poetic and thought-provoking wit. You can save and send your favorite sayings to your friends, and even have “Ask Fortuna” read the saying out loud in one of many computerized voices.

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Insights 5.1 – Unparalleled Knowledge Mining for macOS Sierra

Insights 5.1 - Unparalleled Knowledge Mining for macOS Sierra We don’t hear much about ‘data mining’ these days — it seems to have been replaced by ‘knowledge mining’ — amazing? Insights 5.1 for macOS Sierra is a critically acclaimed application that implements original self-organizing modeling based on the Group Method of Data Handling or GMDH for classification, diagnosis and forecasting problems of complex nature for decision support. This could be an important asset in your software toolbox!

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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 »

Malicious link that freezes iOS devices

9To5Mac reported that “Every so often, a weird bug related to iOS will emerge that causes some sort of temporary misbehaving for users affected by it. For instance, nearly two years ago the infamous “effective power” bug took the internet by storm, and we’ve seen various other similar issues since then.

“Now, it has been discovered that playing a certain .mp4 video in Safari on any iOS device will cause the device to slow to a crawl and eventually freeze altogether…”

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