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Clever Mac Pro Security Lock Traps Power Cable

Clever Mac Pro Security Lock Traps Power Cable

To be honest, you could probably leave your new Mac Pro on the floor next to your desk and any office burglars would just mistake it for a rather small trash can. But if you want a little more security, you might consider adding something Apple didn’t provide for: a Kensington-style lock. A new security bracket from MacLocks features a design as clever as that of the computer it protects.

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How To Keep Web Sites From Listening To Your Microphone [OS X Tips]

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Last week, a speech recognition developer found a potential exploit in the Chrome web browser that could possibly let malicious web sites activate your Mac’s microphone and listen in on any sounds your mic might pick up around you. Even if you’re not actively using your computer, the mic could be active and conversations, meetings, and phone calls could potentially be recorded or listened in on.

Luckily, there’s a way to keep this from happening, because–however remote the possibility–it’s always a good idea to keep your private information, including real-world conversations, private.

Of course, if you don’t use the Chrome browser at all, this won’t apply to you.

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The App Store’s Dirty Secret: Apps Can Ask For Your Apple ID Login

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In this era of heightened security fears, when headlines routinely shout about hackers stealing millions of personal records in a single digital heist on some of the nation’s biggest companies, you should never be handing your Apple ID and password over to anyone who isn’t Apple. Yet that’s just the permission that the new Sunrise calendaring app asks when you first load it up, and not only is there no rule against apps doing so in Apple’s internal guidelines, but Cupertino’s actually awarded Sunrise with a coveted spot in the “Featured” section of the App Store.

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How To Allow Self-Signed Java Run On Your Mac [OS X Tips]

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Java is kind of a pain in the butt, if you ask me, but there are many sites that use it.

A friend of mine contacted me this weekend looking for help in getting her Java up and running so she could upload photos to her photography business website. See, she’d upgraded to Java 7 and when she went to use the upload function on her website, she got the security warnings above.

After a bunch of googling and messing about on the internets, we figured it out.

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Starbucks Quickly Updates iOS App To Stop People Stealing Your Coffee

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Following yesterday’s report that the official iOS Starbucks app was storing users’ credentials, passwords and GPS location in plain text — a big security no-no — the Seattle coffee maker has quickly pushed an update that seemingly resolves the issue. Or does it?

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Worried About Security? Don’t Use The Starbucks App

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If you’re particularly concerned about the security of your passwords, you might want to stay away from Starbucks’ official iOS app: the Seattle-based coffee maker has just confirmed that passwords, credentials and location in the company’s app are stored in plain text, and are not hashed or encrypted at all.

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Allow Mobile Safari To Store Passwords For All Sites [iOS Tips]

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When you browse the web with mobile Safari, you’ll come across sites that ask you to create a login, and that usually requires a password.

You can save your passwords in mobile Safari automatically, but there are some sites that request passwords not be saved. There’s a workaround, though, if you feel like you should be able to save whatever passwords you darn well please, and it’s buried in the Settings app.

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Matias SecurePro Keyboard Would Take A Billion Billion Years To Crack

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Here’s another keyboard from Matias to get you through this post-CES Friday. This one is called the SecurePro, and it’s target market might be the smallest intersection of any Venn diagram ever: Users who want a stylish Bluetooth keyboard AND who require 128-bit AES encryption of its wireless connection.

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Cloud Crockpot Is Just The First Thing Belkin Wants You To Connect To Net [CES 2014]

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Probably the world’s first connected crockpot. Shiny! Credit: Eli Milchman

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LAS VEGAS, CES 2014Belkin is really hopping onto this connected-home thing with fiery fervor. They already have a formidable array of Internet-connected devices in their WeMo line — switches, plugs, motion detectors — and now they’ve added light bulbs and a DIY WeMo interface that can be adapted for use with practically anything that’s powered by electricity. Oh, they’ve also just come out with a big, shiny cloud-connected crockpot so you can cook dinner from the office.

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Bitdefender Antivirus: Invaluable Security For Your Mac [Deals]

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Hackers are always hustling to find the next big loophole in computer and internet security. Do yourself a favor and take advantage of this Cult of Mac Deals special offer so that you don’t get caught with your virtual pants down.

Bitdefender is premier anti-virus software that will secure your computer so vital information regarding your identity and finances remain tightly encrypted, and Cult of Mac Deals has one year of Bitdefender available for a very limited time for just $19.95 – a savings of 60%!

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