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Posted on April 30th, 2011 at 9:40 PM EST
I’m hearing some talk this evening about a new Mac trojan called MacDefender, possibly related to the PC Defender trojan. From what I hear, it is apparently fake anti-virus software, downloaded to “protect” your computer from malicious web sites that claim to have detected a virus on your machine. Once installed, it supposedly tries to convince you to buy the program. What else it might be doing behind the scenes is still unclear, as is how widespread a problem this might become. As soon as I have more information I will add it to my Mac Virus Guide.
Edit: For more coverage, see subsequent entries in my blog.
Posted on April 25th, 2011 at 12:36 PM EST
My daughter’s Windows 7 netbook started giving her trouble today, refusing to start up and such nonsense. I’m certainly not a Windows expert, but if one of my trusty Macs started acting that way, I would immediately restart from the Mac OS X install disk and do some diagnostics. So, after much swearing and many restarts, I finally fumbled my way into rebooting from the restore disk I made on a USB thumb drive when the machine was new. From there, I managed to select an option to check the “system”, which somehow ended me up in a battery of extended hardware testing. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on April 21st, 2011 at 2:36 PM EST
News broke today about the fact that the iPhone (and iPads that have a cellular data plan) logs information about where you have been. Already, the “blogosphere” is a-flutter with commentary, some of it showing a high level of concern of this “violation of privacy.” There is a lot of misinformation in that chatter, unfortunately. So, let’s set the record straight here. Read the rest of this entry »