DuckDuckGo or StartPage – Update announcement

02. March 2017 Just an update 0
The article “DuckDuckGo or StartPage – 2016 Update” was received very well and just like the original 2013 article it’s racked up a lot of views. I’m glad people find it helpful. In December DuckDuckGo reached out to me for comments and feedback and this started an update process which ended up taking over two ...

Why security is best in layers

24. January 2017 Security 2
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 1
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 39
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 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 ...

Siri, is my Mac ready for macOS Sierra?

20. September 2016 Security 1
Siri, is my Mac ready for macOS Sierra?
Today is the day, the latest Mac operating system hits the virtual shelves in the afternoon and we will be updating our Macs en masse because who doesn’t want to play with Siri on the Mac! Of course you don’t need to read this post, just update as soon as you see Sierra pop up ...

Covering your webcam, a good idea.

19. September 2016 Security 2
Covering your webcam, a good idea.
Covering the webcam on your computer is a good idea. Don’t take my word for it, just see what FBI Director James Comey has to say about it: There’s some sensible things you should be doing, and that’s one of them,” Comey said regarding webcam covers. “You go into any government office and we all have the ...

iOS 10 upgrade not going as planned

13. September 2016 Security 0
UPDATE: It appears the issues described in this post have been resolved. Enjoy iOS 10! iOS 10 was just released and a lot of people jumped on it immediately. As a consultant I do as well so that if there are issues I can notify my clients. The update downloaded quick and took about 5 ...

Adobe Flash Player – Damned if you do, damned if you don’t?

10. September 2016 Security 0
Flash Player, a lot has been said about it for many years and none of it is good. Most people are now programmed to tune out the words “Flash Player” in the media because of the incredible amounts of times it’s mentioned. I have already made my case and stopped posting about Flash Player updates ...