Macs Now Found in 8 of 10 Businesses

A new survey conducted by Yankee Group Research Inc. of more than 700 senior IT administrators and C-level executives revealed that nearly 80% of businesses have Macs in-house. This number is up from the last survey in 2006 which indicated that 47% of businesses had in-house Macs. Two interesting details of this survey are: 21% of the firms surveyed reported having delpoyed more than 50 Macs (some ranged into the thousands) 28% of the firms reported running Windows in a virtual machine on the Macs Clearly, virtualization software has helped catalyze this trend towards Mac delpoyment. The two leaders in […]

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OS X Trojan In The Wild

I usually refrain from posting “theoretical” OS X exploits since they rarely pose any real threat to Mac users. However, several sources are now reporting multiple Mac Trojan horses in the wild. These Trojans exploit a root vulnerability in Apple Remote Desktop Agent in Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5. This exploit has been rated as “critical”, but it does require that a user download and open the Trojan file. Pay attention, folks. We knew that Macs would come more and more into hackers focus as market-share grew. See more information at the SecureMac site.

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Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Apple announced OS X 10.6 named Snow Leopard as more of a performance release rather than a feature release. Some of the announced changes include a smaller footprint (giving back some hard drive space), Microsoft Exchange support, extended 64-bit support to allow a theoretical 16TB of RAM, faster clock speeds with the multicore “Grand Central” technology, and QuickTime X which includes optimized support for the latest codecs. It’s not known yet whether Snow Leopard is the beginning of dropped support for PowerPC by Apple. Several developers are reporting that their developer preview copy runs only on Intel machines. The rumors […]

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Google’s Goog-411

It’s been around for awhile now, but I don’t see much mention of it. GOOG-411 is a great 411 service that is free and convenient. From any phone you dial 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411), when you connect to the system you say out loud the city and state. Then you say the name of the business or the business type. The system quickly returns the top listings, letting you choose one. Then it automatically dials the number for you. Like most of Google’s services, it’s simple, elegant and very useful. GOOG-411 is on my iPhone’s favorites and is a service I use […]

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iTunes Store Phishing Scam

It appears that identity theft has hit Apple’s iTunes store. ComputerWorld is reporting in their article Phishers point scam at Apple’s iTunes that some people are receiving email messages telling them that a problem must be corrected in their iTunes account. The email contains a link to a bogus iTunes billing page, requesting the user re-enter their information, including credit card number, security code, and other information for identity theft. iTunes Store users beware.

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