Security Recommendation for iPhone Users


There are many applications circulating for iOS devices (iPod, iPhone, and iPad) that are not available from Apple’s App Store. Some of them are OK. Some are not.

Apple has very stringent vetting requirements for the apps permitted for sale via the App Store. This provides users with a margin of safety and security not present with unscreened apps.

I strongly recommend that iOS users should not install apps from other sources.AppStore

popcorn4bkUPDATE—I am informed that I am to be mocked incessantly because of this post. Gee, I hope the mockery is at least somewhat entertaining.

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iPad Mini?


John Paczkowski has a post over at All Things D, “confirming” that Apple will release an “iPad Mini” this fall. This will supposedly kill off Android tablets for the holiday buying season.

Maybe. Maybe not.

I’m typing this on an original-recipe iPad that I have been using since the first day iPads were available with 3G. It has replaced my Mac laptop for most applications. It completely replaced my HP/Linux netbook as a mobile device. Indeed, the only other mobile device I still use is my iPhone. All the 7-in Android tablets that I’ve tried were too small to be useful as a laptop replacement and too large to useful as a phone.

I have a Kindle Fire, and I use it around the house for viewing content available in Amazon’s ecosystem. However, I don’t see it as competing with my iPad; what it replaced was my iPod Touch. So I’ll bet that any new product from Apple won’t be aimed at competing with Android tablets in general. The real competition is from Amazon and the Kindle Fire, and the killer response isn’t an iPad Mini. It’s an iPod Maxi. There’s the product line that needs refreshing.

We’ll see.

Another Reason to Be Glad I Use a Mac


There’s a piece of malware that has infected PCs (and some Macs) that will cause users to lose access to the Internet on Monday, 9 July. It works by spoofing IP address and sending users to fake websites. The FBI will shutdown the temporary Internet system they set up as a transitional safety net for infected computers at 12:01 a.m. EDT Monday.

Few Macs were infected because Administrator privileges were required to install the malware on Mac OS X.

If you think that your computer might be compromised, go here to check your system for the infection.