March 11, 2016
For many years, computer viruses and malware were mostly the concern of Windows users. Mac users faced very few threats. This has been atributed to the Mac’s sibgle digit market share and, some have argued, a more secure product. One common misconception was that Macs were somehow imune from viruses and malware. While the number of threats may pale in comparrisln to Windows, Macs are indeed suseptible to attack and more and more are appearing. The time has come for Mac users to make secutity a priority.
In the last few weeks, researchers have found the first Mac Ransomware malware in circulation. Ransomware is software that encrypts the files on a computer making them unuseable to the owner. The person controllling the malware then demnads a ransom to unencrypt the files. In most cases, the victim has only 72 hours to pay or the ransom or the malware author threatens to eraswe the key that is needed to restore the files. Regardless of the size of your business, the loss of data can be davastatiung.
Add these new threats to hardware failures and theft and the need for a well thought out and executed computer protection plan is more important then ever.
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Read the letter from Tim Cook http://www.apple.com/customer-letter/
The new rules for exemptions to copyright’s DRM-circumvention laws were issued today, and the Librarian of Congress has granted much of what EFF asked for over the course of months of extensive briefs and hearings. The exemptions we requested—ripping DVDs and Blurays for making fair use remixes and analysis; preserving video games and running multiplayer servers after publishers have abandoned them; jailbreaking cell phones, tablets, and other portable computing devices to run third party software; and security research and modification and repairs on cars—have each been accepted, subject to some important caveats.
The exemptions are needed thanks to a fundamentally flawed law that forbids users from breaking DRM, even if the purpose is a clearly lawful fair use. As software has become ubiquitous, so has DRM. Users often have to circumvent that DRM to make full use of their devices, from DVDs to games to smartphones and cars.
The law allows users to request exemptions for such lawful uses—but it doesn’t make it easy. Exemptions are granted through an elaborate rulemaking process that takes place every three years and places a heavy burden on EFF and the many other requesters who take part. Every exemption must be argued anew, even if it was previously granted, and even if there is no opposition. The exemptions that emerge are limited in scope. What is worse, they only apply to end users—the people who are actually doing the ripping, tinkering, jailbreaking, or research—and not to the people who make the tools that facilitate those lawful activities.