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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 | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Not So Kewel Science?

It was only Monday that I told you about a scientific development – researchers in Australia had developed a “bionic eye” (See, Kewel Science) which essentially is a camera attached to the retina. Yesterday, I saw this headline: Engineers develop enhanced vision; GPS tracking tech for your brain.

Oops. Did that say “GPS tracking” and ” in your brain”? Yikes!

A team of researchers from Vienna have unveiled cutting-edge technology that combines the Internet, global positioning satellite tracking technology and biofeedback to augment and enhance your natural vision.

“Augment” and “enhance”. Hmmm. This sounds a bit more Steve Austin than Monday’s article.. and a lot scarier!

In an example of a real-life application, a person who bumps into an old friend on the street could recall their name and the date of their most recent encounter.

This is a story well-worth reading in its entirety. The full article is here. There’s a neat video there too…
Kinda gives me the willies… big time.

Today’s free link: Can You Trust Free Antivirus Software?
Lots of companies offer software that’s supposed to stop worms, viruses, and other malware for free. We tested nine such security programs to find the ones you can really depend on.” – Erik Larkin, PC World.

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Can You Trust Free Antivirus Software?

Lots of companies offer software that’s supposed to stop worms, viruses, and other malware for free. We tested nine such security programs to find the ones you can really depend on.

April 10, 2010 Posted by | News, tech | , , , , , | Leave a comment