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The company of Apple has already decided for not to support Windows XP operating system for its new iCloud synchronization service that they revealed earlier in this week. As a predecessor of the iCloud service MobileMe also supported XP which is fine but this is really a major shock.
The main resource of this information is the fine print on the apple’s main webpage. Here is the relevant excerpt which requires iOS 5 on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 3rd generation, iPod touch 4th generation, iPad as well as iPad 2. In spite of that Mac computer requires OS X Lion and a PC requires Windows Vista and Windows 7 where outlook 2007 and 2010 is highly recommended.
In general Apple iCloud is such kind of service which is properly designed to do work with application on iOS, Mac OS or Personal Computer in order to store your content automatically online, additionally it is quite be able to push it back to your device when it is required or requested. So when anything changes on one of your devices then all of your devices are updated wirelessly as soon as possible.
But the main fact is Windows Vista as well as Windows 7 also are used only by the 35 percent of the users all around the world, aside from that Windows XP still trumps them both along with 50 percent of the market share, so it is too much unfortunate to decide Windows XP as an old operating system.
For decades, Macs have been known for their high reputation in being unsusceptible to malware. However, as the company continues to advance its operating system, the changes have created portals. Many observers have found that the Macs are now susceptible to malwares.
The advancements in technology have made it possible for the users to be faced with the malware problem. However, it is important to understand that the problem is not as prominent as in the Windows machines. The attack can only take place with the help of the user. With a few tips in mind, Mac users can manage to keep the malware out and enjoy a reliable performance.
Recently, a fake antispyware by the name, Mac Defender, has been messing the Mac users. This is through pop ups. Despite of the effort to keep the malware out, the battle has been found futile. This is after the introduction of various variants.
The malwares are spread through SEO poisoning. This is according to a Mac security firm by the name Intego. In this strategy, websites with malicious codes are given a high rank through search engine optimization. When a new user searches for something and opens the websites, he is sent to a fake screen where a fake malware scan is prompted. When the fake scan is complete, the user is informed that his computer is infected.
Variants of Mac Defender
When the installation is complete, the Fake Mac Defender claims the computer is infected and proceeds by opening pornographic sites. Users are promoted to purchase the Mac Defender antivirus in order to counter the problem.
Most people proceed by making the purchase. When the credit card number is given, the problem stops with no service given. What users fail to recognize is that they give away their card information.
The recommendation of Intego is to not install the Mac Defender application. All the checked zipped files should also be deleted and the website closed.
In addition to the Mac Defender, there is a worse malware by the name Mac-Guard. This plants itself in the Applications folder and requires no administrator password. Mac has finally posted a tech note on how to avoid and remove Mac Defender.