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FBI Issues Warning To Android Users

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 | Author:

Say what you want to about Apple and their controlling, even heavy-handed policies and decisions at times. But for sure, the FBI has never issued a warning to users of Apple’s devices like it did this past Friday to Android users.

The short of it is the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) says it was “made aware of various malware attacking Android operating systems for mobile devices. Some of the latest known versions of this type of malware are Loozfon and FinFisher.”

There’s over a dozen recommendations on how to keep you and your Smartphone running Android safe from negative consequences.

They might have added another: Just buy an iPhone.

Category: Industry News

Dismantling the Trojan Horse (or why MacGuard isn’t a concern)

Friday, June 3rd, 2011 | Author:

Aside from a couple of “conceptual” examples shown at conferences here and there, the only real piece of malware on the Mac that’s made it “into the wild” is the now infamous MAC Defender and its variants….one of which, MacGuard, has recently made headlines.

Naturally, the MacGuard topic has hit all the major tech news sites, igniting yet another round of “Mac vs. Windows” flame wars. Ironically, all this attention is probably helping the malware’s progress; I’ll go into m0re detail on that in just a moment. First, I’d like to clear something up.

MAC Defender and its variants are not viruses! Article Continues…

Category: Tech Tips

We Don’t Need No Stinking Badges!

Thursday, March 18th, 2010 | Author:

“We don’t need no stinking anti-virus/spyware/malware software!”

The original quote “We don’t need no stinking badges” was from the 1948 film “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” with Humphrey Bogart, in which the bandit leader arrogantly justifies their need not to have said badges. But I think it works in our context as well.

Mac users have forever scoffed at the idea of installing anti-virus software on their Macs. After all, in all the years that Mac OS X has been out on the wild (ten years and counting) there has not been one credible Mac virus that caused any sort of damage. Nor any malware or spyware. In fact, if the online data reporting is to believed, the vast majority of Mac users do not run any protection software at all. And we brag on that fact to our PC using friends.

Should we? Article Continues…