Testing Shows 2/3 of Android Anti-malware Apps to be Frauds

· John Martellaro · Link

This would be funny if it weren’t so tragic.

The report’s results are tragicomical –with antivirus apps detecting themselves as malware– and come to show the sorry state of Android antivirus industry, which appears to be filled with more snake-oilers than actual cyber-security vendors.

Aren’t you glad you live in the Apple universe?

Connection Speeds, Slow Macs, DNS, and More – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 747

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Connection Speeds, Slow Macs, DNS, and More – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 747

How fast is your connection? How much of that speed matters? How fast is your Mac? Why isn’t it faster? What devices can you see on your network? Why can’t you connect to all of them? This is what Mac Geek Gab is about. Posing questions, getting answers, and learning at least 5 new things. Learn your 5 now by pressing play!

Millions of Android Users Infected with Adware by Apps on Google Play Store

· Charlotte Henry · Link

adware TrendMicro

Adware disguised as games, TV apps, and remote control simulator apps infected millions of devices with adware. Security firm TrendMicro revealed in a blog that 85 apps containing the adware made it on to the Google Play store. The apps were subsequently downloaded 9 million times. The adware could display full-screen ads, hide itself, monitor a device’s screen unlocking functionality, and run in the background on the device. TrendMicro said Google removed the apps from the Play Store quickly after verifying its report.

The app informs the user that it is loading or buffering. However, after a few seconds, the app disappears from the user’s screen and hides its icon on the device. The fake app still runs in a device’s background after hiding itself. Though hidden, the adware is configured to show a full-screen ad every 15 or 30 minutes on the user’s device.

Cryptocurrency Malware Found in Adobe Flash

· Andrew Orr · News

Cryptocurrency malware has been found in Adobe Flash updates by researchers from Palo Alto Networks. It’s a Monero mining bot.

How to Reset Google Chrome Back to Its Defaults

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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Google Chrome has a nifty way to reset a lot of its options to their defaults, from what your startup page is to your enabled extensions. This is incredibly helpful if you’ve managed to get some adware installed within that browser! We’ve got the cleanup details in today’s Quick Tip.

Here's Why You Don't Need an iOS Antivirus App

· Andrew Orr · News

Kaspersky Labs wrote an informative blog post on why you don’t need an iOS antivirus app. In short, apps can’t access other apps’ data.

macOS: How to See Where a Download Came From

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

So you’ve downloaded files to your Mac. What’s an easy way to see where they came from if you forget? Or how can you tell where your dad got that pirated copy of Microsoft Office? In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll tell you how to see that info…and maybe help you call out your dad’s terrible computing habits.