Tech – for Everyone

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Free Antivirus For Macs | Friday Fun | Another Massive Breach

The myth that Apple (Macs) do not get viruses is alive and well, but the truth is that those days (if they ever really existed) are over. If you own an Apple PC/laptop, and use it to get online, you want some protection from cybercrime, and that means installing an antivirus.

For those who do not yet have an AV, you might like to know that there is a quality program available as a free download: Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition

Free antivirus that works simply and beautifully. Now supporting Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.” (Available here.)

And if you do not own a “Mac”, but know someone who does, you may want to click the “share” button, and send them a copy of this article — unprotected machines are a risk to everyone who surfs.

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* “Googling” your own name – to see what the Internet says about you – is called “Ego surfing”. If you have done that, and did not like what you saw, here is an article that can help: How to Control Your Online Reputation

1. Get online and be aware of what’s out there.
“Staying off Facebook won’t keep you safe. “Stop denying that the Internet has you in its grips,” says Joshua Waldman, author of Job Searching With Social Media for Dummies. He describes one executive who avoided using computers to prevent research firms from finding information about him. But within seconds, Waldman and a colleague accessed the executive’s income data, political affiliation and even a complaint he had made about his company…” Read more..

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Quick tech tip: Make too-small text on your screen bigger and easier to read by pressing “Ctrl” and the “+” keys together (use the “-” to reduce text size).

In the news: Visa, MasterCard warn of ‘massive’ security breach

U.S. banks have received warnings from Visa and MasterCard after a credit card processor was reportedly breached. The breach may involve more than 10 million compromised card numbers.Read more..

(On second thought.. why bother to protect your Mac when your cc is stolen from some database somewhere else? In this case, Visa’s itself.. Yippee yahoo. [I think I need a laugh…] What a coup for the hacker! Big leagues score. World Cup big.)

Friday Fun:

I don’t know about you, but I am glad the weekend is almost here…

Today’s quotable quote:The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.” ~ Unknown

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March 30, 2012 - Posted by | advice, antivirus, Apple, cyber crime, free software, News | , , , , , , ,


  1. I see more and more of the things we find to be convenient causing huge gaps in security and privacy issues. I noticed an auto TV ad today that showed someone using a smartphone app to start their brand spankin’ new GM truck from inside their home. Gee whiz folks! Makes me wonder how many of us have heard our parents stories of walking 5 miles uphill both ways in the snow to get to school everyday.


    Comment by balmy33 | March 30, 2012 | Reply

    • balmy33,
      You nailed it. We have definitely chosen convenience over security. (And, convenience is an easier “sell”.)

      For giggles, you might want to go over to YouTube, and use the search word “hack”…
      (When looking for today’s fun video, I clicked on the category “Popular”: three videos were crime How To’s … )


      Comment by techpaul | March 30, 2012 | Reply

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