Monthly Archives: May 2011

Apple Security Update

Apple just released a security update today that isolates several key files that the MacDefender malware uses. Be sure to update by using your software update function or by going to Apple’s website here: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1387. But it also has it’s own updating list, so that the built in Mac malware protection can update on it’s own without having to got through software update. You can opt out of this by going to the Security Preference Pan, and unchecking “Automatic Updating”.

UPDATE: MacDefender now spreading through Facebook

It’s no surprise that a piece of malware is now spreading through Facebook, but the MacDefender is using a fake video link through Facebook to spread itself. According to Sophos, a post will appear on a Facebook wall purporting to be a video about the IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the rape of the hotel maid By clicking on it, Sophos claims you will be directed to a webpage which will cause MacDefender to begin downloading onto your Mac.

You can find the story on my Twitter feed or you can read more details here (note: (the image may cause some people offense): http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/05/31/imf-boss-rape-video-mac-facebook-users-hit-by-a-sick-scareware-attack/

iCloud & Fixing the Macbook Undersides

Today, Apple announced 2 very important things: First, Apple announced officially that it will be talking about a new service called “iCloud”, which Apple bought the domain rights to just a few weeks earlier. No music plans were announced, but considering that Google and Amazon already have streaming services, and Apple has been in talks with several major music labels over streaming rights, it seems a given that a music service will be announced. We’ll just have to wait until the week of June 6th to find out more.
You can read more here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-20067487-261.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

Secondly: If you have a Macbook from October 2009-April 2011, you can get the bottom of it fixed. Some users have apparently been having trouble with the rubber separators not staying in place. Apple say you can either take into an Apple Store, and authorized Apple dealer, or request a kit to be mailed to you which will let you fix it yourself for free. No word on how long deal this will last.
You can read more about this story here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-20067482-17.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

Thanks for reading, and check back for more later.

Securing Opera Web Browser

First, I want to wish all of my fellow Americans a Happy Memorial Day! Everyone outside of America, I hope you enjoy your day anyway. Today I’ve put out the first part of securing the Opera web browser video. Part one is about Opera itself, and part two will be about extensions for Opera. I’ll be working on some non-security related posts to put up soon (Games4Mac anyone?).

Thanks for reading, and share this with your friends and family if they use Opera as well.

App of the Week: AppCleaner

This week we’ve been talking about security and how to prevent malware from getting on your computer. But what if it already has? Apple had provided a set of instruction on how to remove MacDefender, but if we’ve learned anything from Windows malware, it’s that it will do everything to make sure you don’t get rid of it. Is there a better way to get rid of such software, or even just software you don’t want any more? Enter AppCleaner from FreeMacSoft.

The idea behind AppCleaner is that it finds all the pieces, folders, etc. that a program

AppCleaner window

creates so that it can all be deleted. Most people drag software they don’t want to Mac’s Trash to uninstall, and for some software this is ok. But a lot of software can leave stuff behind; for normal software, it can just take up hard drive space, but for malware, it could mean the malware reinstalling itself over an over, like 2 teenage girls who will always restart an argument over the Twilight books.

Fortunately AppCleaner is simple and does the searching for you. Once you open AppCleaner, all you have to do is drag the software into AppCleaner, and AppCleaner finds the program and all its pieces-parts to be deleted, which it can then send to the Trash. You can also mass delete apps, as well as browser plugins (Flash Player, Java, etc.) and Dashboard widgets all from within the app.

Perhaps you have certain apps that you don’t want to delete. Open AppCleaner’s preferences, and drag apps in that you want to keep on your system. Then if you accidentally drag or select one of these applications, Appcleaner gives you a popup window telling you that these apps are protected. You can also set it to “Smart Delete”, which means that when you want to uninstall an app on your Mac, you don’t have to open AppCleaner. Just drag it to the Trash like you’re used to, and AppCleaner will automatically search and put the other files in the trash for you. One less step to worry about.

When it comes to uninstalling malware, nothing beats prevention and a vigilant eye (or reinstalling the operating system), and AppCleaner isn’t necessarily designed to remove malware. But it certainly has that potential, along with the power to remove any other software you just don’t want. You can download it here: http://www.freemacsoft.net/AppCleaner/. And if you have any apps you’d like me to review, or comments you’d like to make, comment below, email me at easyosx@live.com, or tweet me at Twitter (see the Twitter button up top!). And don’t forget my Youtube videos (the Youtube button up top as well). Thanks

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