Proton is back, again

21. November 2017 Security 0
The backdoor malware OSX/Proton has resurfaced. This time it’s distributed by a fake blog, reporting on a fake malware story, linking to a fake malware scanner which contains the Proton installer. For the full story, have a look here.

VirusBarrier Scanner, now in the App Store!

07. November 2017 Security 0
VirusBarrier Scanner, now in the App Store!
The year is 2011 and Intego has two antivirus solutions available in the Mac App Store; VirusBarrier Express and VirusBarrier Plus. These were my go-to recommendations for anyone that wanted or needed an antivirus product. In 2014 the apps were pulled from the App Store as the limitations the App Store placed on apps were ...

Apple Releases macOS 10.13.1 High Sierra, iOS 11.1 with Security Fixes

31. October 2017 Security 0
Today Apple has released security updates for macOS, iOS, tvOS, watchOS and Safari. Also released were previously undisclosed notes about security fixes from past updates.The biggest issue addressed in all operating systems was one or more KRACK vulnerabilities. Unfortunately Apple did not make those specific fixes available to all users. Read on to find out ...

Stay safe while using mac OS 9

27. October 2017 Security 0
No, this is not a draft that’s been sitting for 17 years that I forgot about until now. Mac OS 9: Some Love for the Classics! was written in 2017 🙂 I frequently use Mac OS 9 on several older systems and I am certainly not alone. Huge communities of Mac OS 7, 8 and ...

OSX/Proton malware is back

26. October 2017 Security 0
You may recall mid 2017 Handbrake’s download server was compromised and the software was repackaged and made to install malware, alongside the actual Handbrake app. Fast forward to last week, the same attack (supply-chain attack) was used on Eltima, makers of Elmedia Player. Their download server was compromised and the downloads of two software installers ...

Why security is best in layers

24. January 2017 Security 1
A few weeks ago an IT admin at a university discovered a piece of Mac malware that, until then, no-one was aware of. As it was likely part of a targeted attack, not a single antivirus solution knew of it so no protection was offered against it. The malware was discovered because the network security ...

How to deal with iCloud Calendar spam

29. November 2016 Security 0
How to deal with iCloud Calendar spam
Spammers have found a way to get spam into your calendar and all you have to do to facilitate it, is simply by receiving their email. macOS and iOS automatically scan your emails for events, dates and times that are mentioned and creates a calendar event for you. A very handy feature but now spammers ...

If you can’t afford the latest Mac or run the latest OS

04. November 2016 Security 2
Last week Apple announced the new MacBook Pro. A revolutionary new way to use your Mac with Touch Bar, the ultimate tool of every trade, the brightest and most colorful display yet, more responsive keyboard, more expansive trackpad, it’s thinner, it’s lighter…. and costs you over $4300 if you want the best configuration available. Yup, ...

DuckDuckGo or Startpage – Update (March 2, 2017)

24. October 2016 Security 27
DuckDuckGo or Startpage – Update (March 2, 2017)
Click here to see the changes, updates and notes. March 2, 2017: Based on a conversation and email correspondence with Gabriel Weinberg in December ’16, as well as several emails and follow up emails with DDG and StartPage and additional research: – Added a note regarding ixquick.eu in the intro. – Changed “Look and Feel ...

Your iOS 10 device iTunes backup is still perfectly safe

25. September 2016 Security 2
This week a security issue was found with the way iTunes secures  iOS 10 device backups. Described as a “major security flaw” by Elcomsoft this issue allows an attacker to attempt and break the passcode on the backup 2500 times faster than before. For some reason Apple uses an alternative password verification method for iOS ...