macOS “Big Sur” tips

While keeping your Mac up-to-date with the latest macOS system software generally is easier (and more reliable) for “mere mortals” than keeping up with all the Windows 10 updates on a PC, it’s still a chore. For some there’s no practical benefit for a new release (other than any security patches). But if you’ve got… Continue reading macOS “Big Sur” tips

Best Mac anti-virus program?

MacWorld > Best antivirus for Mac: Protect yourself from malicious software by Glenn Fleishman, Senior Contributor, Macworld (Nov 12, 2019) If you’re concerned about protection against malware on your Apple Mac computer, here’re some notes from MacWorld’s latest reviews. Summary Best overall antivirus software – Sophos Home Premium for Mac Best free antivirus software – Avast… Continue reading Best Mac anti-virus program?

Which Mac to get?

Considering purchasing a Mac for the first time or replacing an older one? Apple computers are premium products; so, congrats on your decision. If you’re a typical user, your experience on a Mac will be smoother, more consistent over time, particularly due to less housekeeping distractions than on a PC. And while Macs are not… Continue reading Which Mac to get?

macOS Sierra — Apple’s latest Mac upgrade

No more “big cat” names. Since October 2013, there’s been Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan, … and last week Sierra, the latest (free) upgrade to the operating system (system software) for Apple’s Mac desktop and notebook computers. Now called macOS vs Mac OS X. As noted on Wikipedia: macOS 10.12 Sierra was released on September 20,… Continue reading macOS Sierra — Apple’s latest Mac upgrade

Phishing Attacks August 2013

PC World summarized a Kaspersky Lab’s study that noted: Spam volumes took a usual seasonal drop in August, but phishing spiked, including a noticeable interest in hijacking Apple accounts. This article may be viewed at: www.pcworld.com/article/2049287/apple-is-a-tempting-phishing-target-for-scammers.html#tk.rss_all Of particular note was the resurgence of some old malware which infects your email contact list. Phishing attacks continued… Continue reading Phishing Attacks August 2013

Best Mac Anti-Virus?

Although malware threats to the Mac have been minimal compared to the PC, for those desiring additional protection there are choices. Topher Kessler (CNET MacFixIt) recently commented on an analysis of the most common anti-virus products. The antivirus tools used in the tests included a number of free and paid scanner packages from Avast, VirusBarrier,… Continue reading Best Mac Anti-Virus?

Mac Flashback Malware

This MacWorld article “What you need to know about the Flashback trojan” provides an overview of this malware and the associated risk. Flashback is the name for a malicious software program discovered in September 2011 that tried to trick users into installing it by masquerading as an installer for Adobe Flash. Cnet’s MacFixIt followed up… Continue reading Mac Flashback Malware

Apple Security Update and File Quarantine

ars technica writes, “The Security Update 2011-003 that Apple released on Tuesday directly addressed the Mac Defender malware threat in two ways: it changed the way malware files are detected by enabling automatic daily updates, and included code to remove at least two of its variants.” The article further discusses Apple’s response to a growing… Continue reading Apple Security Update and File Quarantine

How to avoid or remove Mac Defender malware

Apple posted this article regarding: A recent phishing scam has targeted Mac users by redirecting them from legitimate websites to fake websites which tell them that their computer is infected with a virus. The user is then offered Mac Defender “anti-virus” software to solve the issue. And MacWorld writes: Online crime falls mostly into four… Continue reading How to avoid or remove Mac Defender malware