Thursday, July 14, 2016

Microsoft to start charging monthly for Windows 10!

According to Forbes (http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2016/07/14/microsoft-confirms-windows-10-new-monthly-charge/#4f9ff321dfab) Microsoft will start charging enterprise users monthly for the ability to use Windows 10!

"For months Microsoft has been describing Windows 10 “as a service”  and now we know why. Microsoft is going to introduce a monthly subscription fee for Windows 10 usage…"

Glad I am running Mac OS ! But in the meantime the rush is on for those who still want to upgrade to Windows 10 while it is free. The window for this closes on July 29th

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Pokemon Go issues update to fix Google permissions snafu.

Niantic Labs has issued and update to fix the IO permissions snafu. The previous version granted full access to a persons "Google Life" (Including Drive, Photos, Contacts, Email, Etc) to Niantic if you used IOS devices. Now the game will only ask for basic information like your name and email—and now it’ll give you a warning first.

But you can not just apply the update. First you must log into your Google account and remove the previous access. 

https://security.google.com/settings/security/permissions?pli=1

Find "Pokemon Go Release" and "Remove Access" 



Then you can download and apply the new update, and log in again.

More details on the update can be found at the following links. 

http://kotaku.com/pokemon-go-update-fixes-crashes-google-security-concer-1783531237

http://www.macrumors.com/2016/07/12/pokemon-go-bug-fix-update/

Monday, July 11, 2016

Pokemon Go on IOS is a permission nightmare!

If you play on IOS, now the game has complete access to your entire Google life, Email, Gdrive, Photos, Contacts, Everything!

According to Adam Reeve on his Tumbler blog,
http://adamreeve.tumblr.com/post/147120922009/pokemon-go-is-a-huge-security-risk

"Let me be clear - Pokemon Go and Niantic can now:
  • Read all your email
  • Send email as you
  • Access all your Google drive documents (including deleting them)
  • Look at your search history and your Maps navigation history
  • Access any private photos you may store in Google Photos
  • And a whole lot more"
And according to Ars Technica
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2016/07/pokemon-go-on-ios-gets-full-access-to-your-google-account/

"External apps that you sign into with Google often ask for a small subset of permissions based on what they need to do—view your contacts, view and send e-mail, view and delete Google Drive documents, and so on. But Niantic's Pok√©mon Go iOS app doesn't ask, and with full account access, it can theoretically do all of those things and more."

Think twice about allowing your children to play this, until the security concerns are addressed. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

New Mac Malware Detected!

* Update 6:16pm 7/6/16
Additional info about EasyDoc Converter malware can be found at:
http://www.macrumors.com/2016/07/06/backdoor-mac-eleanor-faq/

Apple’s Mac systems have been exposed to a dangerous new piece of malware that allows attackers to take full control of OS X.

Bitdefender researchers found the malware in the EasyDoc Converter app which poses as a drag-and-drop file converter but actually has no functionality other than downloading the malicious script onto the machine.

Please make sure you have installed Malwarebytes and have updated it. If not surf on over to the following link and install. 

https://www.malwarebytes.com/antimalware/mac

Read the rest of the story at Cultofmac
http://www.cultofmac.com/436670/dangerous-new-mac-malware-fully-compromises-os-x/#more-436670

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Google offers 4 months of free google play, and YouTube Red.



In an effort to compete with Apple Music, Google is offering a special July 4 four-month free trial of Play Music for users who live in the United States. The offer is available only to U.S. customers who haven’t previously signed up to the service.


Source - Cultofmac



http://www.cultofmac.com/436477/google-offers-4-months-of-free-play-music/