By now you've probably heard of the Mac Defender malware that has made its way. Apple has decided to jump on the issue, by posting a support document that explains how to "avoid or remove" Mac Defender. The company is also planning on releasing an update to Mac OS X that will automatically find and remove the malware.
According to security firm Symantec Corp, a security vulnerability on Facebook Inc. for years gave advertisers and other third parties an opening into users' accounts as well as their personal information. However, Facebook said today that it had fixed the problem, and at the same also found no evidence that the vulnerability had resulted in private information having been leaked.
Each of my two teenage daughters has her own MacBook, and they would like to lock their computer screens to prevent their machines from being used without their permission by other kids at school (and each other). Is there some software I can purchase to make this happen?
The web was built to be open, with people freely sharing and accessing information. However, many employers and schools block access to certain websites to preserve the productivity of their employees and students. Your boss still insists that those reports be finished before you share pictures of last nights exploits on Facebook. What a party pooper.
Sometimes legitimate websites that you actually need to get your work done are blocked, or maybe you're on break you'd like to check your Twitter feed. For those times, you may want to consider setting up and using a Tor network. A Tor network is a network of proxy servers that can reroute your Mac's Internet traffic, bypassing any filters that your company or school may have set up.
If you happened to open up your subscription to The Daily after installing iOS 4.3 on Wednesday and got a prompt to enter your iTunes password again, you’ve stumbled across a new security measure in iOS 4.3 that Apple has put in place to help squelch accidental purchases.
Typically, Apple sets the design trend for the computer industry. For years they've done this, laying out some design principle that gets snatched up by nearly everyone else, in a way that makes the industry prettier. Since we're all so use to that direction of inspiration, it seems surprising for Apple to be influenced by others, and it's especially surprising to see them influenced by their largest competitor in the mobile market.
Earlier today, a story appeared on PocketGamer.biz alleging that Apple had scolded Capcom over last week's $1400 smurfberry scandal. The report was based on comments from an anonymous source who said that Apple was upset by the recent flurry of return requests due to children accidentally buying expensive virtual items in the online Capcom game Smurfs' Village, and "had strong words" with Capcom over the issue. The report also said this controversy had prompted Apple to reconsider their iTunes log-in policies. However, when we spoke to representatives at Capcom, they said Apple never talked to them at all about this situation.
Though it's been available to Google Apps customers for a few months, two-step verification hasn't been accessible by regular Gmail users. That changes today, as Google has begun rolling it out to all Gmail users.