Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Post image for WARNING: Mac Malware Variant “MAC Defender” Even More Crafty – No Password Install Required

And you thought that Macs and Apple products were immune to virus and malware threats? Think again! At the beginning of May, Intego, a developer for internet security and privacy software for Macs, identified a pretty scary piece of malware, dubbed the “MAC Defender” (also now has names like “MacSecurity” and “MacProtector” and “MacDefender”). What is malware? It’s essentially a malicious piece of software that can do all types of damage to your computer and trick you into doing things you don’t want it to do.

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What really concerns me here is that Macs are prevalent in schools and homes and used by children…and they frequently can get scared, panic and do things that adults hopefully won’t do. The problem is, this malware is crafted in a way to even deceive adults into thinking their Mac is infected. Read on to learn more about this and some steps you can take to prevent from being scammed.

As Intego outlined in a press release on May 3rd, MacDefender preys on people’s lack of knowledge of security on their computer, tricking them into installing a fake Anti-Virus program. The program itself, is malware. Not only does it pretend to find viruses on your Macintosh, it also pops open porn sites when your browser is open to simulate the fact that your computer is “infected.” Only after you “register” and pay for the program do the pop-ups stop and the fake scans stop as well. The end user is left thinking that their computer is now clean and running fine. The problem is, your credit card is now with some 3rd Party site – unsecured and in the hands of someone who is not looking out for your best interest.

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Post image for Time For Some Fun – My New Site Celebrating Technology Failure – Tech-Fail.com

Last week I decided that I needed a bit more fun in my life, or if you look at it another way, to add some more workload to my already busy day. Since I cover technology all of the time in the form of reviews, how-to’s, fix-it’s and other musings, often with a family spin, I needed a way to “vent” or at least, have a way to express the other side of technology – the side of failure.

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I wanted to create a site that people would go to for laughs, so that they would know that they are not alone when their gadgets or gizmos or software or hardware decides to go haywire or simply fail. And, it had to be simple for me to update. So, one night last week, I started searching for a domain that would be easy to remember. “TechFail.com” was taken, or at least it is for sale (anyone want to buy it for me?). But I was able to get “tech-fail.com“. Within an hour or so, I owned the domain and was in the process of installing WordPress on it.

For me, blogging software was the easiest way to go when creating a content site. I know how WordPress works, what plugins I like (but I did find some new ones in the process) and found what I hope is a pretty good theme. But this is probably not that interesting for you. So I will skip the details.

What’s important here is that the site is live and it is STARVING for content. I have found some good sources for videos/graphics/stories, but for the most part, I have been the only one scouring the web looking for funny technology failing content. A site needs content in order for it to be alive. The content needs to be relevant and should be engaging to the audience, whether you are writing about the latest kitty litter or the next big advancement in physics. People will come if the content is right. But with old or stale content, you only have search engines to keep you going and with all of the new content created daily, it’s easy to get buried. With fresh content, people come back for more (hopefully).

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