McAffee June 2017 Threat Report shows uptick in adware for Macs

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Date: Monday, June 26th, 2017, 05:48
Category: News, security, Software

The new McAffee June 2017 Threat Report is in and it indicates that the trend in Mac malware isn’t slowing down. There were nearly 250,000 new instances of macOS malware in the first quarter of 2017, bringing the total for the quarter to just over 700,000.

While Macs have never been fully immune to viruses and exploits, they generally weren’t as susceptible to the viruses that plagued Windows PC in the first decade of the 2000s. Since then, Apple has backed off from its “Macs don’t get viruses” marketing claim.

At present, traditional PC-like viruses are still relatively rare on the Mac, but according to McAfee, there’s been a “glut of adware”, which tricks users into downloading, running, and authorizing malware with admin privileges. Depending on the malware and its attack vector, the users of infected Macs encounter everything from browser takeovers, to pop-up ads, to unwanted toolbars and browser plugins, to even things like keyloggers and botnet hijacks in the worst cases.

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Apple, Consumer Reports find smoking gun that caused variable life in initial review

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Date: Wednesday, January 11th, 2017, 05:41
Category: battery, Developer, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

Apple and Consumer Reports may have figured out what caused the poor battery test results that Consumer Reports highlighted during its review.

On Tuesday, both companies released reports stating that a developer setting had been activated that typical users don’t use during testing, and also that the same setting has a bug that affects performance.

In its review of the MacBook Pro, Consumer Reports said its battery life test results varied wildly, from 4 hours to 19 hours. Consumer Reports explained on its website that its notebook battery tests do not necessarily reflect real-world usage; instead, tests are designed to be consistent across different notebook for comparison’s sake. In the case of the MacBook Pro, Consumer Reports’ battery tests uses Safari in Developer mode, which is not the default setting.

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Safari-get.com URL leads to new malware strain for macOS-based machines

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Date: Monday, January 9th, 2017, 05:00
Category: macOS, News, security, Software

You’re going to need to be a little more careful when surfing the Web on your Mac.

For the past few weeks, people have been tricked into visiting a phony website embedded with malware that can freeze Macs, according to a report this week by the cybersecurity firm Malwarebytes.

The new malware, which can be activated by visiting safari-get.com, can trigger two sets of actions depending on the version of the computers’ operating systems.

In one case, the malware causes the computer’s Apple email client to create a deluge of draft emails that contain the words “Warning! Virus Detected!” in the email subject line. Although the emails don’t get actually get delivered to anyone, the sudden flood of draft emails hogs the computer’s resources, thus causing the computer to freeze.

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Apple says it will work with Consumer Reports to isolate potential battery issues found in 2016 MacBook Pro

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Date: Tuesday, December 27th, 2016, 05:08
Category: battery, Google, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, Software

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Following up on Consumer Reports refusal for the first time to recommend the 2016 MacBook Pro due to inconsistent battery life, it looks like Apple will be working with the publication to try to sort out potential issues with the battery.

“Working with [Consumer Reports] to understand their battery tests,” Apple Vice President of Worldwide Marking Phil Schiller tweeted. “Results do not match our extensive lab tests or field data.” Apple claims its internal testing has seen the new MacBook Pro providing up to 10 hours of battery life when watching iTunes movies or browsing the web.

Consumer Reports’ test has come under scrutiny since publication of the non-recommendation. The tests were conducted by opening a series of 10 web pages sequentially on Safari. This tests’ inconsistency had the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar registering 16 hours, 12.75 hours and 3.75 hours of battery life. A 15-inch MacBook Pro ranged from 18.5 hours to 8 hours of battery life.

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Safari Technology Preview 2.0 released, available for download and testing

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Date: Wednesday, April 13th, 2016, 16:53
Category: Developer, News, security, Software

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If you’re interested in what’s on the horizon via Safari’s upcoming versions, you’re going to like this.

Apple released Safari Technology Preview version 2.0 today. The updated browser lets you play around with a slew of upcoming technologies and offers the following fixes and changes:

Browser Differences:
– Changed the CFBundleSignature to allow Apple Events, like those sent from AppleScript, to correctly distinguish between Safari and Safari Technology Preview.

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Mozilla releases Firefox for iOS

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Date: Thursday, November 12th, 2015, 12:13
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

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If you’ve been hankering for the day Firefox would be available for iOS, it’s finally here.

Mozilla has announced that its Firefox browser is now available for iOS and can be used on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Until today, Firefox for iOS was available as a public preview, and only in New Zealand. Launching first in New Zealand has become a common practice for testing new apps and features on the Web — companies use the country as a test market because it has a small population and English is the primary language.

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Google Chrome 46 to include Mac-specific changes, reduce memory consumption, boost performance

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Date: Friday, August 21st, 2015, 09:08
Category: News, Software

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If the current builds of the Chrome web browser have been driving you mildly nuts, Google might have some fixes on the way.

A test build of Google’s forthcoming Chrome 46 makes substantial improvements to the performance of the Web browser on the Mac.

The build appears to halve Chrome’s memory consumption, and make formely slow tabs much faster. At the same time, the browser also appears to consume fewer CPU and power resources.

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Google releases Chrome Remote Desktop app for iOS, Android

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Date: Wednesday, January 14th, 2015, 18:17
Category: iOS, News, Software

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This could come in handy.

On Wednesday, Google released its Chrome Remote Desktop app for iOS and Android.

The app, which connects mobile devices to Mac, Windows & Linux-based computers for desktop access, requires the Chrome web browser and application to install and run as well as a user-configured 6-digit PIN.

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Apple releases Safari 8.0.2 update

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Date: Monday, December 15th, 2014, 04:32
Category: News, security, Software

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It’s not a huge update, but it helps.

On Friday, Apple released version 8.0.2 of its Safari web browser.

The new version, a 53.8 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Fixes an issue that could prevent history from syncing across devices if iCloud Drive is not on.
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– Fixes an issue that could prevent a saved password from being autofilled after two devices are added to iCloud Keychain.

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Microsoft begins overhauling Skype, launches selected users to Skype for Web beta

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Date: Friday, November 14th, 2014, 11:19
Category: News, Software

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A while back, it was reported that Microsoft has been significantly overhauling Skype.

As of Friday, the company announced that it is starting to roll Skype out onto the Web. Per 9to5Mac, Skype for Web will allow users to chat, video call, and manage contacts from a web browser without having to download the Skype app. Microsoft is currently offering Skype for Web as a beta to select users.

To participate in the Skype for Web beta, Microsoft says to log on to Skype.com where the browser-based version of the video calling will be and check for an invitation. The company says its making invitations available to a small number of users to start and will expand to users worldwide “in the coming months.”

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