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Ensure Your Mac Is Configured To Protect You From Known Virus And Malware Threats

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Did you know that both Lion (10.7) and Snow Leopard (10.6) will protect you from known virus and malware threats?

All you have to do is to ensure that the checkbox in System Preferences under Security & Privacy is checked.

Here’s what it should look like in Lion (10.7):

Here’s what if should look like in Snow Leopard (10.6):

See this link from Apple for more info: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4651

There is a new threat that has surfaced that will try to fool you into installing the Flash Player. Read more about this from this blog. Apple has not yet included a built-in defense for this issue yet, so the best way to combat this threat is to download Flash directly from Adobe’s website, should you need it. Also, if any software you download from the Internet asks you for your password, you should be 100% certain you know what you downloaded, where you downloaded it from, and what it is.

The Mac Observer made a nice little application that checks your Mac’s Xprotect definitions status and allows for a manual update of the virus and malware definitions: http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/safe_download_version_adds_manual_definitions_update/

Written by Dana Stibolt

September 27th, 2011 at 9:09 am

LoJack For Laptops Lion Work Around Until Update Is Released

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Update 1/25/12 Lojack For Laptops is not available from the Apple App Store. See our link below for 25% off.

Update 1/8/12: If you don’t already own LoJack for Laptops for your Mac (or PC for that matter), we highly recommend it. Also, a pro tip from your friends here at MacMedics: Just because this product it called Lojack for Laptops, there’s no reason you cannot install it on any Mac computer. Obviously the iSight camera capture features are not going to work on a Mac Pro or Mac mini, but they can still be tracked, erased, and potentially recovered! Since this MacMedics Blog post seems to get quite a bit of traffic, we’re posting our link for special Lojack pricing that is currently 25% off any version, here:

http://www.macmedics.com/lojack

The LoJack team have been working hard to ensure that LoJack for Laptops will be fully compatible with Apple’s new version of OS X, Lion (10.7)

If you plan to upgrade to OS X Lion before July 25th, you will need to take a few simple steps to maintain your LoJack for Laptops protection until our update is fully distributed.

Step 1: Download and Install OS X Lion (10.7) from the Mac App Store

Step 2: Go to www.lojackforlaptops.com/login and login to access your account (Note: If you have more than one Mac in your account, first click on the Mac you are upgrading.)

Step 3: Click Remove

Step 4: Click Install

Step 5: Download the installer

Step 6: When prompted, enter your registration code.

Step 7: Follow the remaining steps to complete the reinstallation of LoJack for Laptops.

Your LoJack recovery info won’t be of much help to you when you need to report your MacBook or MacBook Pro stolen if you don’t have that info with you. Lojack suggests you print your license info and put it in a safe place. It is not likely that you will be able to find it quickly, or have that info with you while traveling or at work.

Macs get ripped off all the time, so be sure to save this info as a PDF and upload it to your iPhone or iPod touch to iBooks via iTunes, so you’ll have it when you need it the most! See our new Blog post for more info.

Sign up for LoJack for Laptops for Mac here: http://www.macmedics.com/lojack

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Subscribe To The MacMedics Email Newsletter – Get Our Time Machine White Paper FREE!

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Update 7/20/11: Don’t miss the MacMedics newsletter that will be out tomorrow morning with info about Apple’s new version of OS X, Lion. Subscribe now and get our free Time Machine White Paper, plus our last issue free. Don’t like what you see drop off anytime!

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Written by Dana Stibolt

July 20th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

With Lion 10.7 Out, This Would Be A Great Time To Upgrade Your Hard Drive

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Every time Apple releases a new version of OS X, we end up helping clients replace their hard drives, that “died” while trying to upgrade to the new OS the very next day.

This makes it a great time to just upgrade your hard drive proactively.

MacMedics can help.

Just buy a copy of Lion from the App Store, but don’t install it, come see us and pick the size of the hard drive you want, we’ll replace your hard drive, install Lion, and migrate your data for you.

Example: MacBook Pro with a 500 GB 7200 RPM hard drive or a Intel iMac with a 1 TB hard drive: $259 all parts and labor, with a 1-year warranty.

Plus, your old hard drive is yours to keep and can be placed off site to be used as a snapshot in time off site backup. Or, we can show you how to make a “bootable” clone backup, if your drive is large enough, and that can serve as another point in your Mac’s data backup plan.

Hard drives DO NOT last forever, no matter how high quality they might be. See out website www.HardDriveDie.com for more info.

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OS X Lion and Lion Server Available from the Mac App Store

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MacMedics Pre-Install Advice:

IMPORTANT: DO NOT install Lion without have a working and tested backup system. Also, if you run Time Machine, that’s awesome, but there is no real good way to “test” a Time Machine backup. If you install Lion, and you can’t work, you could find yourself in a real pickle. In situations like this, MacMedics recommends a “bootable clone” backup of your main drive. This way, if there is a problem you can boot off your clone, and get right back to work. Plus the best thing is you can “test” your bootable clone backup, by “booting” off of it before you do anything. This way you can ensure IF there is a problem installing, running, or using Lion, you can revert to your clone backup with NO downtime.

Also, installing a major OS upgrade can “kill” a hard drive. Whenever Apple releases a major update we see folks in the shop with dead or dying hard drives, that were killed by trying to run a major update. Don’t forget that we recommend a new hard drive every TWO years in laptops, and every THREE years in desktops. Also, back up hard drives also can die, and should be retired using the same guidelines. 2.5″ drives in backup devices should be “retired” every two years, and 3.5″ drives in back up devices should be “retired” every three years. Retire your backup drive, and then use it for an off-site back up. Also, when you buy a new backup drive write the date you purchased it on tape and stick it to the drive, so you don’t forget to retire it or to step it into semi-retirement as an off-site back up. See our website ww.HardDrivesDie.com for more info.

1. PowerPC applications cannot run, as Rosetta is gone. This slams the door on anybody still clinging to Quark 6, CS2 or Office v.X/2004, as well as AppleWorks.

2. Older peripherals (printers, scanners, etc) may not work if they have not been updated with 64-bit drivers. Lion runs the 64-bit kernel by default, and therefore requires 64-bit drivers. Anything that was updated specifically for Snow Leopard will probably work OK. Also, PostScript printers should be fine in Lion since they use a PPD rather than an actual driver.

OS X Lion and Lion Server Available from the Mac App Store

OS X Lion, the eighth major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, is now available on the Mac App Store for $29.99 (U.S.) as an upgrade to Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard.

Lion will be the easiest OS X upgrade ever. At around 4GB, it’s about the size of an HD movie downloaded from the iTunes Store.

Customers who do not have broadband access at home, work, or school can download Lion at an Apple Retail Store. In August, Lion will be available on a USB thumb drive through the Apple Online Store for $69 (U.S.).

Mac OS X Lion Server requires Lion and is available from the Mac App Store for $49.99.

OS X Lion also includes a new feature that lets customers restore system software to a Mac with just a few clicks—without using install discs or drives. For more information about the Lion Recovery feature, visit www.apple.com/macosx/recovery/.

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Written by Dana Stibolt

July 20th, 2011 at 9:10 am

Apple Releases Snow Leopard 10.6.8 Update

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Update 7/25/11: Until Apple released the 10.6.8 Supplemental Update we were recommending that our clients NOT install this update. Now that Apple has addressed the Printing and Font issues, we are now endorsing this update. See our new Blog post for details.

Here’s some info from around the web about the 10.6.8 problems:

10.6.8 update issue roundup

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/06/28/xserve_users_report_performance_issues_after_apples_mac_os_x_10_6_8_update.html

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-20074767-263/how-to-fix-printers-not-working-in-os-x-10.6.8/

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-20074227-263/security-tool-hands-off-causing-panics-with-os-x-10.6.8/

The 10.6.8 update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes that:

-Enhance the Mac App Store to get your Mac ready to upgrade to Mac OS X Lion

-Resolve an issue that may cause Preview to unexpectedly quit.

-Improve support for IPv6.

-Improve VPN reliability.

-Identify and remove known variants of Mac Defender.

For detailed information and precautions on running the 10.6.8 update from Apple, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4561.

Please see this page for more information on precautions and warning from MacMedics. ALWAYS back up your data, and test your back up before your run ANY Apple Software Update!

For information on the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.

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Written by Dana Stibolt

June 26th, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Apple Releases OS X Version 10.6.7

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Update 6/25/11: Apple has released 10.6.8 that fixes the issues listed below and preps your machine for upcoming release of Lion. See this post for more info.

Update 4/1/11: MacMedics is recommending that you hold off on this update until a fix for the font problem is released: See this MacMedics Blog post for more info.

The 10.6.7 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes that:

• Improve the reliability of Back to My Mac
• Resolve an issue when transferring files to certain SMB servers
• Address various minor Mac App Store bugs

For owners of the new model “Thunderbolt” MacBook Pros it also resolved the following:

• Address minor FaceTime performance issues
• Improve graphics stability and external display compatibility

For detailed information on this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4472.
For information on the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.

Before you install this or any other software update, be sure to check out the MacMedics Software Update Warnings webpage.

You can grab the Combo updater from Apple at this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1361

Apple’s Back To The Mac Event Wrap Up

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Apple Announces iLife ’11

iLife ’11 makes it easier than ever to create amazing things with photos, movies, and music on a Mac and share them with friends and family. It includes major upgrades to iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand, and also continues to include iWeb and iDVD. Key new features in iLife ’11 include:

iPhoto—New full-screen modes for Faces, Places, Events, and Albums; Facebook enhancements, photo mail, new slideshow themes, and a new way to build photo books and cards.
iMovie—Fun, Hollywood-style Movie Trailers, One-Step Effects, People Finder, Sports and News themes, and video publishing to more places.
GarageBand—Find the perfect rhythm and groove with Flex Time and Groove Matching, more guitar amps and stompbox effects, new Basic Lessons for guitar and piano, and “How Did I Play?”.

Learn more on Apple’s website at http://www.apple.com/ilife.

Apple Announces New MacBook Air

The all-new MacBook Air combines the power of Mac with the portability of iPad to create the next generation of MacBooks. The new MacBook Air features:

All-New Design—Apple’s thinnest and most compact notebook ever features a new unibody enclosure.
High-Resolution Displays—Available in two sizes—11-inch (1366 by 768) and 13-inch (1440 by 900).
Better Performance—All flash storage, Intel Core 2 Duo processors, and NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics combine for the perfect balance of performance and portability.
Long Battery Life—Single charge provides up to 5 to 7 hours of battery life with up to 30 days of standby time.

Learn more on Apple’s website at http://www.apple.com/macbookair.

Apple Gives Sneak Peek of Mac OS X Lion

Apple today gave a sneak peek of Mac OS X Lion, the eighth major release of the world’s most advanced operating system. Shipping next summer, Lion is inspired by many of iPad’s software innovations.

Today’s sneak peek highlighted just a few of Lion’s features, including the Mac App Store, a new way to discover, install, and automatically update desktop apps; Launchpad, a new home for all of your Mac apps; system-wide support for full-screen apps; and Mission Control, which unifies Exposé, Dashboard, Spaces, and full-screen apps into an innovative new view of everything running on your Mac, and allows you to instantly navigate anywhere.

To learn more, visit http://www.apple.com/macosx/lion/.

Apple Brings FaceTime to the Mac

Apple today announced the public beta of FaceTime for Mac, an entirely new application that allows Mac users to video call iPhone 4 and new iPod touch users as well as other Macs. Featuring an easy-to-use interface, FaceTime for Mac automatically uses your Address Book contacts so there’s no need to create special buddy lists, and it works seamlessly with the built-in camera and mic on Mac notebooks, iMac, and Apple LED Cinema Displays.

To learn more and download the public beta, visit http://www.apple.com/mac/facetime/.

Apple has the entire keynote from the “Back to the Mac” 10-20-10 announcement event available for viewing at their website.