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Apple Inc. has a reputation for building secure devices, but don’t become too complacent because ransomware threats to Mac users are on the rise. While ransomware attacks against Microsoft Windows-based computers and servers remain far more prevalent, security researchers have detected new Mac threats in recent years and expect to see new threats in the future. Here’s a quick look at three forms of ransomware that are known to target Mac users: KeRanger disguises itself as a popular application Imagine this: You go to download a copy of Transmission, the…

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Apple's recent ads talk about how there are no viruses written for Mac. That statement is not entirely true. Viruses are released for Mac. in 2005, 143 viruses targeted Macintosh computers. Compare this with the 150,000 written for PCs and it does not sound bad, but the statement is still incorrect. The very fact that Mac users feel they are immune to viruses is something that will cause problems.  Cyber criminals will exploit this feeling and Mac users will never know they have been compromised.  Just because there are few…

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I bought an Apple Mac Mini a few weeks ago. I have had my eyes on one for quite some time. I love it that they are so small. I have it hooked up to my 23" Apple Cinema display. I found out soon after I purchased it that it really needs RAM. I got one of the new Intel machines.  Some of the software I use has not yet been optimized for the Intel core so it runs in emulation mode. This slows some programs down.  One program specifically, Firefox,…

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Last week I picked up an Adesso Handwriting. It is a tablet for my Mac.  I did not have the stylus but I was found a forum online where some enthusiasts said the one from my other tablet would work. The tablet was $3.00 at Goodwill.  Not a bad investment. Here is some information on it from Adesso: Enhance Photos Quickly and easily edit your digital photos using the control of the CyberTablet pen and your free copy of PhotoImpact XL. Take your skills to the next level with this advanced…

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It is really interesting to see how many people have Apple computers here. Apple Macintosh computers are really popular among the foreign ex-patriots, students, and teachers in Japan. I figured after I met the first one that I would not meet many more but there are actually a number of people living in my apartment complex who brought Macs with them rather than PCs. One of my students saw that I had a Mac and asked me if Macs were more popular than PCs in the US because he noticed so…

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