No Flash for you!
Adobe’s Flash player has been the bane of most users who watch online video. Its old, clunky, often fails to work properly and for the past few years, it has been riddled with very serious security issues that expose users to the criminal element. Users have been dumping Flash in droves, since most modern websites have already switched to H.264 (an international standard that all modern web browsers support) which plays video flawlessly for everyone without any of Flash’s problems, the problem is that most users don’t know how to uninstall Flash and those that do don’t know that they are actually leaving the most dangerous part of Flash on their hard drives. Continue reading Flash player: uninstall without leaving a trace
A variation of FREAK, which allows attackers to cause you to use a week connection to a web page when you expect to have a robustly encrypted connection, has been discovered that allows attackers to fool your browser into thinking that you’re using a well encrypted connection instead of a weakly protected connection that is easily snooped on. Continue reading Logjam resurrects FREAK attack!
Once again the media overlooks situations that are of actual importance to us, this time the story is about home routers that are used to provide high speed (broadband) internet access to home users. By no means is this a new story, its the third major outbreak that we know of yet the mass media has yet to spend the alar to warn anyone. It turns out that many Internet service providers provide ether users with internet access routers that have remote access turned on by default. This convenient and even logical because these companies are expected to provide support but there is a huge problem with that concept. Continue reading Home Routers used to launch hack attacks
Tim Cook, Apple
Web servers around the world are now being checked for updates to web pages by a new bot, also known as a web spider. For years they were only checked for content by Google and Yahoo’s web crawling bots, then Microsoft joined in with their bot for Bing. Now Apple has joined in with AppleBot. Continue reading Applebot: Apple’s web crawler is now cataloging The Web, just like Google and Yahoo
OS X Yosemite
OS X’s Software Update is an elegant, simple, effective update system that allows everyone to keep their machine up to date virtually effortlessly. Apple has put significant R&D into figuring out how to make updates install without the need for a reboot, a welcome relief from the old days where you needed to be an experienced computer user and had to perform a reboot for every update. Those days are gone now since OS X can and does install most software updates for you in the background Continue reading Pro Video Formats 2.01 installs repeatedly: How To Fix
Google Don’t Be Evil
The big news this week is that Google made a change gigantic change to their algorithm, effective immediately. Websites that are mobile friendly will now maintain their search rating but sites that aren’t mobile friendly will lose their ranking in Google searches, a lot of ranking. I’m predicting that millions of website owners will be in for a huge surprise this year as their search results tumble and they virtually disappear from searches. Continue reading Google mobile friendly feature might make your website disappear
Todays biggest headline was the report from S. Korea stating that Samsung has reported disappointing sales of its newest S6 Galaxy product line. Consumers are disappointed with Samsung and Google’s over-promising (via intense ad campaigns) and severely under delivering again, with their Droid based products so they are abandoning in droves and switching to Apple’s proven to be superior iOS experience on iPhone and iPad. The one detail that disgruntled Droid users have to deal with is to move their content from Droid to iOS without losing anything. Reno makes that simple ad easy to do. Continue reading Relo easily moves you from Droid to iPhone and iPad
Numbers, Keynote and Pages make up Apple’s personal productivity suite, and are a must have for all Mac and iOS users that want to create compelling spreadsheets, PowerPoint style presentations and or elegant word processing documents. All three of these apps come free with new devices but if for some reason you own an older Mac that did not come with it pre-installed and did not have the chance to previously download it, there is still a way to get it perfectly free. Continue reading Numbers, Keynote and Pages For Free!
Some folks have experienced an odd problem with the latest version of OS X, Yosemite, manifested in an inability to surf websites and or sluggish responses and or excessive fan noise. Using Activity Monitor to look for the culprit I discovered that it was discoveryD that was using an excessive amount of CPU cycles. I Force-Quit it and the fans stop spinning within seconds, so I knew that I was onto the culprit. Of course, by quitting discoveryD I could not surf the web so I began my search for a temporary solution for this problem while we wait for a patch to arrive. Continue reading discoveryD Fix for Fan Noise and Excessive CPU Usage
Adware is a form of malware that annoyingly pops up ads on your screen, all malware is software that is bad for your Mac. Viruses, Trojan Horses, Worms, etc. are all various types of malware. They each perform their nefarious functions differently but ultimately they are all up to no good. Continue reading Adware catches a few Mac users off guard, here is the easy fix