Monday, March 25, 2019

Asus software updates were used to spread malware, security group says

looks like this was targetting specific ASUS machines... but WOW! what a terrible security breach... having their update software hacked to bring malware down to ASUS machines... https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/25/18280716/asus-update-tool-hacked-shadowhammer-malware

The malware was disguised as a "critical" software update.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Apple details process for converting legacy media format in pro video apps before macOS 10.15 update

Quicktime is dead... if you have any old QT movies, convert them to a more recent file type. "Apple has released updates to iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Motion and Compressor which “detect media files that may be incompatible with future versions of macOS after Mojave and convert them to compatible formats.” You should upgrade to those and check your old media files in the coming weeks. Those files which use formats and codecs not supported in macOS 10.15 are likely to become unusable when you have upgraded to that in the autumn/fall." https://9to5mac.com/2019/03/22/apple-legacy-media-final-cut-pro-macos/

Apple yesterday updated Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Compressor for macOS with new features to detect media files that may be unsupported on future versions of macOS. Today, Apple has updated a suppo…

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Microsoft tech support scammer pleads guilty to defrauding victims of $3 million | ZDNet

1 down, 30000 more scammers to go.... https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-tech-support-scammer-pleads-guilty-to-defrauding-victims-of-3-million/

Suspect admits role in criminal operation within a week after being arrested.

PASSWORDS _ KEEPING THEM SAFE I know passwords are a pain.... But you HAVE to have different passwords for different sites. Several of my clients this month have had their identity stolen, and the bad guys used their email address/password to login in and reset passwords on all their available accounts.... plus cleared out their bank accounts. Come up with a scheme to keep them unique on every site (part of the company name works for some of my clients as a part of the password) and use a password vault/manager. In addition, use your phone as a second verification method for changing your password. if your bank or account can do two factor with your cell phone or an authentication app, DO IT. That way EVEN if they steal your password, they don't have your phone to get the verification code or authentication from the app on the phone to login and get your money or information. Lastpass, Dashlane and Keeper are well reviewed password keepers. Just make sure you set it to "time out" and close when you exit the browser. Some people use the older Roboform and 1password. USE SOMETHING. Otherwise you are stuck with pieces of paper or spreadsheets vulnerable to malware or memory. And a manager makes it easier to go change passwords if you have a breach reported to you.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Kirkville - Dropbox to Limit Free Accounts to Three Devices; Here’s Why This Is a Problem

Do you have a free Dropbox account that you use on more than 2 devices? They are about to limit you to only three devices.... for the free plan. Going to the paid version would be expensive, at least $10 per month. You may want to check out other services. https://www.kirkville.com/dropbox-to-limit-free-accounts-to-three-devices-heres-why-this-is-a-problem/ https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/14/18265574/dropbox-3-device-limit-free-accounts-plus-professional

Many users will have problems with this.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Firefox can now block the web’s autoplaying videos

welcome news from Firefox https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/19/18272377/firefox-66-release-date-news-features-autoplaying-videos

It’s also better at dealing with slow-loading ads

How to change trackpad and mouse speed on Mac

i have people who need the "speed" or sensitivity of the mouse and trackpad adjusted on their Mac. https://9to5mac.com/2019/03/15/change-trackpad-mouse-speed-mac/

Want to customize your cursor tracking and click speed on your computer? Follow along for how to change trackpad and mouse speed on Mac.