Archive for May, 2011

Apple releases fix for MacDefender Trojan

Ok OS X folks. Looks like Apple finally is releasing a ‘fix/update’ for the MacDefender Trojan. The update provides a File Quarantine definition for the "OSX.MacDefender.A" malware and Mac OS X 10.6.7 will now automatically update the definitions on a daily basis. The update will also search for and remove MacDefender and its known variants. […]

MacDefender Trojoan Strikes Again!

Apple and Mac folks I’d like to welcome you to the Windows world of malicious and pernicious attacks – even ‘drive bys’. For over two decades I and the rest of the security world have been trying to inform people that NO networked system is safe from attack. Because of the sheer number and percentage […]

MacDefender trojan/malware is currently spreading on Mac systems – let’s kill it!

MacDefender, is the rogue antimalware trojan currently spreading on Mac systems. This malware is known by a variety of names, including "Mac Defender", "MacProtector", "Mac Security", "Apple Security", and "Apple Security Center".  It is a great example of how ‘social engineering’ can be used to trick people into harming themselves. Below are clear and easy […]

The connection to Microsoft Exchange is unavailable. Outlook must be online or connected to complete – Cant add Outlook accounts…

How I recently fixed one hell of an Outlook 2007 to Exchange 2003 connection problem. This occurred on brand new Windows 7 Enterprise AND brand new Windows XP workstations while trying to configure the Outlook clients to connect to our Exchange 2003 server. The actual error is: "The connection to Microsoft Exchange is unavailable. Outlook […]

How to create a VPN Connection on MAC OS X 10.5 Leopard

How to create a VPN Connection on MAC OS X 10.5 Leopard This is a step-by-step guide on how to create a VPN Connection on a MAC OS X 10.5 Leopard System. I recently had to do this again for some of our remote staff, so I thought I’d post it as a reminder to […]

LastPass Warns of Potential Breach, Ratchets Up Security

OK FOLKS, TAKE NOTE LAST PASS MAY HAVE BEEN HACKED!! Read about it here. I don’t use them, but I know many people who do! CHANGE YOUR MASTER PASSWORD IMMEDIATELY! It’s important to note that they have no evidence that anyone was actually compromised – YET. Once you change your master password any breach that […]

New Mac Trojan horse and Security tips from the NSA

There is a new Mac Trojan horse masquerades as virus scanner – read about that here . This is another example of social engineering – tricking users into making security mistakes. Users looking for legitimate protection against viruses on their Macs might be duped into downloading and installing this. Essentially this is ‘ransomware’. It requires […]