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Do You Use a Mac? Safeguard It Against “MacDefender” Malware by Understanding the Scam and Getting the Fix!

Apple announced last night that it would be sending an update to its OS X operating system that would protect users from and remove a program called “MacDefender” (alias “MacProtector” or “MacSecurity”) that had been finding its way onto some consumer’s machines. The program is a piece of malicious software (or “Malware“), that is ultimately designed to get you to send your credit card number to a company to sell you a program to “fix” the problem.

Here’s how MacDefender works:

  • You are browsing Google Images and when you click on an image, you are redirected to a fake “security alert” webpage.
  • The security alert webpage informs you that you have been infected with a virus, and recommends you download a free program – MacDefender – to solve the issue.
  • MacDefender pops up on your computer as an offering. If you click OK, you’ve just invited the malware onto your system.
  • Here’s where it gets malicious. The installed malware begins to make your system appear as if it has become infected with a virus.
  • The program regularly opens up new browser windows to pornographic websites. Needless to say, this is very embarrassing, as well as making computer very hard to use.
  • At this point you are probably thinking “well, I just installed a new anti-virus program”, and you try to run the MacDefender program. Now it gets really nasty.

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Grownup Back to School: Make Fall a Time to Reorganize Your Virtual Backpack and Pencilbox

LifeHacker had a great post today that I thought was worth sharing.  It’s about using the change of seasons as a catalyst to get yourself reconoitered and back on track.  The article advises you to:

  • De-clutter your computer
  • Empty your Inbox – he uses the trusted trio of Followup, Archive and Hold.  I like Followup, and Do Not Delete and Archive.
  • Reorganize your paper filing cabinet
  • Teach yourself keyboard shortcuts (*My son taught me Ctrl+C (copy) and Ctrl+V (paste) not too long ago and I have no idea how I ever did anything without these two friends – try them instead of using right click or tool bar icons and you might be surprised how automatic it becomes and how fast it is)
  • Consolidate your email addresses, phone numbers, and calendars

Here are my additions to the list:

  • Learn three things about Excel that you continue to do the long/hard way because you’re too busy to learn the shortcut (yes, I’m talking to myself here.)  Try this siteor this one.
  • Catch up on your shredding (at home I have a box of to-do shredding, and a to-be shredded drawer that needs emptied – yes, I’m talking to myself again.)
  • Reorganize your online filing cabinet – here’s a great beginner article about files and folders, and here’s a short video tutorial from Expert Village on organizing files in Windows.
  • Delete unneeded email or understand archiving – here’s a website with information on using AutoArchive in Outlook (me again.)

What’s your secret weapon to getting/staying organized and ahead of the information deluge?

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