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Intego Washing Machine: The Only Mac Cleaner You’ll Ever Need [Deals]

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Want to boost your Mac’s performance? The latest offer from Cult of Mac Deals will help you clean it, oganize it, and a\make it faster…and all at a fraction of the regular price.

Intego Washing Machine makes it easy to get rid of the junk that’s making your Mac slow – duplicate files and old programs you never use. Plus, it enables you to automatically organize things so both you and your Mac operate more efficiently. And Cult of Mac Deals has Washing Machine for just $19.99 – a savings of 33%!

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Google Chrome To Automatically Block Malware Downloads

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While malware isn’t as widespread or as common on Macs as it is on PCs, you’re kidding yourself if you still believe OS X is immune to it. It’s a very real threat, and if you’re not careful about what you download and install, you could end up with a serious problem. But there are ways in which you can avoid it.

There are anti-malware programs that will detect threats, of course, and OS X now has some nifty tools built-in that prevent software from running on your machine if it’s not from a trusted source. And if you’re a Google Chrome user, you’ll soon find that malicious downloads are blocked automatically.

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Get Protection And Peace Of Mind With MacKeeper [Deals]

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As the popularity of the Mac grows, so does the probability of malware and viruses being created and spread for the platform. Gone are the days where one can say that the Mac is not susceptible to these sorts of threats.

MacKeeper is designed to help deal with those threats should they try to infiltrate your system. And Cult of Mac Deals is currently offering this “peace of mind” software solution for just $34.99 – a savings of 61%!

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New Mac Malware Breezes Past Gatekeeper Because It’s Signed By An Apple Developer ID

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A new Mac malware has been found in the wild that allowed attackers to steal data and install unauthorized apps on a compromised machine. What makes this malware different than other recent Mac malware, though, is that it breezes right past Gatekeeper… and the people behind it might have been gunning for the life of their malware victim.

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New Mac Malware Takes Screenshots And Uploads Them Without Permission

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A new piece of Mac malware has been discovered. The virus installs itself as “macs.app” and silently takes screenshots to then upload to shady servers. It doesn’t appear to be very widespread at the moment.

The malware was uncovered on an African activist’s Mac at the Oslo Freedom Forum, an annual event dedicated to “exploring how best to challenge authoritarianism and promote free and open societies.”

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Android Main Malware Target, But iOS Has More Vulnerabilities

symantecreport Android’s reputation as a nest for malware isn’t likely to heal anytime soon, thanks to a new report from Symantec.

According to the security company’s research, Android is still the main target when it comes to mobile malware writers, but iOS is technically a more vulnerable platform.

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iOS Apps Are More Likely To Collect Your Personal Data Than Android Apps [Report]

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The latest App Report from research firm Appthority has found that free apps downloaded onto iOS devices are more likely to collect your personal data than free apps downloaded on Android, with 60% of the top ten App Store downloads sharing data with advertising and analytics networks.

The report suggests that due to the volume of titles in the App Store, iOS developers are more likely to collect your data and pass it on as an alternative revenue stream.

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Apple Issues Java For OS X Update After Hacking Attack

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Hot on the heels of Oracle’s own update, Apple has released a Java for OS X 2013-001 software update for download that addresses the software vulnerability that compromised a number of their employees’ computers.

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Android And Mac Malware Surged In 2012 As Hackers Looked Beyond Windows [Report]

Android And Mac Malware Surged In 2012 As Hackers Looked Beyond Windows [Report]

Look out for more Android malware in 2013.

One of the biggest reasons I switched from Windows to a Mac all those years ago was OS X’s supposed immunity to malware and viruses. I’ve quickly discovered throughout 2012, however, that my Mac isn’t as safe on the Internet as I’d been led to believe. A new report from antivirus experts Sophos today highlights that.

The company’s Security Threat Report 2013 declares 2012 to be the year of “new platforms and changing threats.” Hackers are switching their focus from Windows to other platforms, including Mac OS X. Today’s biggest target, however, is Google’s Android platform.

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Mountain Lion’s New Security Update Feature – Good For Users, A Potential Headache for IT

Mountain Lion’s New Security Update Feature – Good For Users, A Potential Headache for IT

Will Mountain Lion’s new security system be a hit or a miss for schools and businesses?

Following the Flashback malware scare this spring, Apple is stepping up its focus on security and malware protection in Mountain Lion. The release notes for the latest Mountain Lion developer preview include references to a “new Mountain Lion Security Updates system” that checks for security updates on a daily basis, uses a more secure connection when communicating with Apple’s update servers, and can install required updates automatically when a Mac is restarted.

Based on the release notes for the system, Apple is making the security update process automatic and has designed it to  runs as a system process rather than a user task. Presumably that means it will function without a user logged in or while non-admin users are logged in. All in all, that’s similar to Microsoft’s Windows update feature and a good thing for users.

That doesn’t mean that this setup will be great fit for businesses, schools, and other organizations with large Mac populations.

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