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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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Cybercrime drug cartel targets high blood pressure to sell drugs

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2016 Internet Crime Report

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IC3 Releases Annual Report Highlighting Trends in Internet Crime

If you’re over 60, then 55,043 of your fellows were victims of cybercrime during 2016 — to the tune of $339,474,918 dollars. It’s not if you will be attacked. It’s when you will discover you were.

And every day, somebody questions why we continue to warn of attacks and post our alerts.

Giving someone access to your computer is like giving out a key to your front door. A computer can have your bank account information, family photos, and other private documents and data—information that fraudsters would like to steal. That’s why tech support fraud has become a significant trend in online crime, according to the 2016 Internet Crime Report from the…

FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

All you doubters and hecklers out there, don’t take our word for it — go read it yourself.






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.



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. …



How to replace 5 major Yahoo services and delete your Yahoo account

Yahoo! logo…. “Here’s a guide to replacing Yahoo‘s major services with alternative options, then deleting your Yahoo account. …

… “Yahoo’s an old-school Internet portal from the days when everyone set a default homepage in their browser. If the most important thing from a new service is that you have a jumping off point from which to access news, weather, stock information, and email then there are two other big-name options.” …



Facebook Finally Gets Real About Fighting Fake News

Wired Logo… AFTER COMING UNDER heavy public criticism for not taking full responsibility for how it may have affected the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, Facebook has finally laid out how it plans to crack down on fake news. The social network’s corrective updates are starting to roll out right now, and while they won’t solve the problem overnight, they’re an important first step. …

… “We believe in giving people a voice and that we cannot become arbiters of truth ourselves, so we’re approaching this problem carefully,” Adam Mosseri, vice president of product management for News Feed, wrote in the blog post announcing these changes. “We’ve focused our efforts on the worst of the worst, on the clear hoaxes spread by spammers for their own gain, and on engaging both our community and third party organizations.”

Facebook’s strategy combines crowdsourcing similar to how Facebook polices mature content, reliance on third-party fact checkers, and financial disincentives for fake news hucksters. Each aspect of the rollout has its strengths, but also invites a few questions. …



Inside IFTTT’s Plan For A More Harmonious Internet

If This Then That, (IFTTT) is trying to work more closely with third parties to make their recipes so that the individual can get more done.  And not coincidentally turn a profit.  Fast Company has this article about this process.

LindenTibbets, IFTTT’s founder and CEO stated: “We want to become a PayPal for access, a trusted third party that facilitates an exchange from one service to the next.“…

Jamie Siminoff, CEO of smart doorbell maker Ring, recently told Fast Company that paying IFTTT for its integration powers was far more cost effective than building them on its own….



10 Computer Tricks Everyone Should Know

The Johnny Lists website by Johnny Webber has this list.  I agree that all of these would be good to know.  On the website, the lists includes links to the methods indicated.  (Some items are more important than others.)

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ICANN : Here it comes

User Group Network UGN Safenetting ICANN report Now, with the elections clouding the waters, and the public’s attention diverted, the new ICANN partners are going about moving the internet to India, but before the news, let me share one of our observations.
      Last week we squashed 40 malware attacks that could only have been possible with ICANN’s rogue registrars, and the new gTLDs. If Trump doesn’t repeal Obama’s loss of the internet, it’s going to get worse; a lot worse.

  • Attorneys general try to block transfer of authority over internet domains
  • Enhanced Cooperation v2005 is Dead; Long Live Enhanced Cooperation
  • gTLDs: Negative feedback For Controversial “Free Speech” TLD.
  • The U.S Needs a Proactive Global Communications Policy
  • Could Trump Administration Reverse ICANN Independency?
  • The Internet (and ICANN) After the Trump Apocalypse
  • ‘Delink ICANN from US jurisdiction’
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How Hackers Could Steal Your Cellphone Pictures From Your IoT Crock-Pot

From Motherboard web site: “If you have an internet-connected home appliance, such as a crock-pot, a lightbulb, or a coffee maker, you can control it from the comfort of your smartphone. But a bug in the Android app that controls some of those devices made by a popular manufacturer also allowed hackers to steal all your cellphone photos and even track your movements.”

This is made possible because the use of Android on both devices and those being on the same network.


NY Times

For the election, the NewYork Times is dropping its paywall at for 72 hours.  This will start Monday, November 7th at 12:01 AM.  The free period will end at 11:59 PM Wednesday, November 9.

A great chance to check out the features of the site as will as get information about the election.

(However,  you may want to use your spam email account if you signup for an account.)

Amazon Announces Family Vault

amazon-prime-logoAmazon has announced Family Vault, a new service that permits U.S. Prime subscribers to invite as many as five family members and friends to share their catalog of pictures and videos at no extra cost. …

Via Family Vault, Prime members have unlimited photo storage and 5 GB for videos that can be shared with up to five family members or friends. Family Vault members can add their favorite photos as well and can set up their account to add all photos and videos they take to the Family Vault automatically if they wish.




Order food through Facebook

Facebook announced a slew of new features on Oct. 19 that allow users to get advice from friends on things to do in their cities and upcoming events. But it also introduced new ways to avoid talking to other humans: You can now book movie tickets, make appointments, and order food from the Facebook pages of US businesses. …

Facebook told Quartz that it won’t be taking a cut from businesses or to offer this (already quite low-margin) service to the roughly 160 million-odd Americans that use Facebook. It’s just doing this to make businesses’ Facebook pages more useful.



ABA launches free legal Q&A service


The American Bar Association has rolled out a new web program,, to give income-eligible users the ability to pose civil legal questions to volunteer attorneys.

The new service, a virtual legal advice clinic, is now available in eight states — Connecticut, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wyoming — with plans to have service available in the majority of states by the end of this year.


(Felt like some members could be able to use this.)