Macs hit by KeRanger ransomware

Macs hit by KeRanger ransomware

Mac users were hit with the first ransomware attack on OS X over the weekend. Researchers at Palo Alto Networks, an enterprise network and security firm, said malware-infected files were part of the installer for version 2.90 of the BitTorrent client Transmission for OS X.

Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts files on a hard drive or prevents users from accessing their device. After the malware is installed, the attacker offers to send a decryption key to... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , Security

Tags: Security Center

Apple offers help on Twitter

Apple offers help on Twitter

Today Apple opened a Twitter account that promises to offer customer support, tutorials, and tips and tricks for its products.

So far Apple has posted a tip for using its Notes app and has sent off more than a thousand tweets, nearly all replies to @AppleSupport questions.

Most of Apple's responses instruct the follower to direct-message more details, such as OS version number. Others replies point the user to an appropriate Apple webpage or to another company, if the problem... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: iOS , Mac OS X

Organize your images with Apple Photos

Organize your images with Apple Photos

Taking photos with your iPhone is a snap. Finding the photos later on your Mac can be more work. But Apple's Photos for OS X offers a variety of ways to quickly hunt down and manage your photos.

Automatically organized

Photos for OS X automatically sorts your photographs by date and location. The first set is called Moments, such as photos from an afternoon ball game. Moments become part of Collections -- games you attended over a month, for example. And... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , Digital Photo Tools

Optimize your Windows storage and recover data

Optimize your Windows storage and recover data

As much as technology changes, one thing remains the same: Given enough time, you eventually run out of room for your files. Whether you've downloaded too many apps or you're an avid photographer, you'll need more space. Start by getting rid of the stuff you know you don't need, then read on for more space-saving tips. Another rule of tech is that eventually your storage device will kick the bucket, taking important files with it. We have... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Guides , Cloud , Files

Xbox One joins Microsoft's Universal Apps platform

Xbox One joins Microsoft's Universal Apps platform

Microsoft has announced that it's integrating the Xbox One game console into its Universal Windows Applications program. Announced during the run-up to Windows 10's release, Universal Windows Applications was first envisioned as a way to buy software in the Windows Store that was licensed for use on any device (mobile or desktop) running Windows 10. That original proposal did not include console games, so the addition is a major shift for the company.

Windows 10 users with Microsoft accounts can already... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Windows 10 , Microsoft , games , social , news

What to look for in an Android antivirus app

What to look for in an Android antivirus app

Malware has definitely gone mobile. According to report from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Android was the second most targeted platform by hackers (behind Windows) in 2015. The report warns that hackers are increasingly targeting financial transactions, such the recent attack on social-media apps designed to steal banking information.

How to protect your phone

You should take preventive measures: Set a screen-lock password, for example, and keep your apps up to date. See our tips for securing your Android phone.

A... Read More »

Topics: Android Software

Tags: Security Center , Guides , Android , antimalware , Internet security , anti-virus

How to choose an antivirus app for Windows and Mac

How to choose an antivirus app for Windows and Mac

Some argue that you don't need antivirus software if you just stay away from sketchy websites and email attachments. Unfortunately, there's a large cottage industry dedicated to deceiving people into inviting malware onto their computers. Think of antivirus software as your digital seatbelt: You don't strictly need it most of the time, but if you ever do, it can really save your bacon. And usually it has a negligible impact on your computer's performance. Here's how to evaluate your Windows... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Security Center , Guides , antivirus , anti-malware , Internet security

Adobe brings Lightroom for Android up to par

Adobe brings Lightroom for Android up to par

Adobe this morning released an update to Photoshop Lightroom for Android that puts the free image-editing and -organizing app on equal footing with the iOS version.

The 2.0 revision gains its own in-app camera, which can capture photos in Adobe's Digital Negative (DNG) raw format, allowing you to work with full-resolution files from when you shoot an image to when you share your work. The update includes tools found in the iOS version of Photoshop Lightroom, including nondestructive shoot-through... Read More »

Topics: Android Software

Apple opposes FBI order to unlock iPhone

Apple opposes FBI order to unlock iPhone

This morning Apple took a very public stance on security, as Apple CEO Tim Cook said his company will oppose a court order to assist the FBI in bypassing iPhone encryption. Cook, in an open letter to customers, stated that Apple will not help the FBI bypass the security on an iPhone belonging to one of the alleged shooters in last December's San Bernardino attack.

A judge yesterday ordered Apple to aid the FBI in gathering information from... Read More »

Topics: Security , iOS Software , Encryption Software

Tags: Security Center

Make Netflix more searchable

Make Netflix more searchable

Netflix is a great way to watch movies and TV shows -- if you already know what you want to watch. But if you need to browse, you're at the mercy of Netflix's poor recommendations feature, limited search, and broad categories, meaning you may see the same few titles repeatedly or not find what you want at all. That's why there are so many websites to help you figure out what to watch -- such as Leanflix,... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: App Guides , movies