Older MacBook Pro computers made between 2009 and 2012 are routinely retired because they seem slow or will not hold a charge. These models can have several more useful years with some simple and inexpensive upgrades. The newer models - like the mid 2012 has a CPU almost as fast as the 2015 models. Apple has made major improvements in battery life and the beautiful retina display however the perceived speed hasn't changed much. If you bought your son or daughter a shiny new Mac when they started college in 2012, that computer, with a few upgrades would be a perfect computer for their high school sibling.
3 Simple Upgrades for about $250 can save you from buying a new $1,800 Mac.
Apple makes keeping your Mac software up-to-date a snap with the Updates feature of the Apple App Store App. While upgrading from one version of OS/X to the next is usually successful, performance on older Macs that have had several updates can suffer. A fresh install can provide the latest version of software without the downsides of multiple updates. Another advantage of a fresh install is the oportunity to restore only the programs and data you really want.
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.
In late 2014, a small Massachusetts software company got an ominous email: A computer-security researcher said a flaw in one of its programs put millions world-wide at risk of being hacked.
Engineers at the company, Allegro Software Development Corp., analyzed the flaw in the program, which can help users access the controls of home Internet routers. They quickly realized something strange: They had fixed this bug nearly 10 years earlier. But it lived on, even in new devices. Read the article at WSJ
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