Green Acres is About to See Some Google

Drive down any country road in the Everglades, and you’re bound to lose your Wifi connection until you get to the next town that might hook up. While this still holds truth in most rural areas, there are some interesting rumors spreading Google will introduce the internet after putting their drone project, “Project Loon” on hold. But, what does having access to the ‘intranets’ mean for Apple and Mac users? In this blog, we’ll tell you a few predictions. Let’s get ready to re-boot!

In an article found on CNN, tech journalist, Matt McFarland stated that Google had abandoned their drone program to find future solutions to bring the Internet to places that are typically titled ‘the sticks.’ Per the article was written Project Loon would send balloons to space, returning an internet connection to land below. However, due to managing costs and flaws in the hardware, the plan has been put on hold.

Although the project is currently on hold seeking new alternatives. It will be interesting to see what will happen once they provide the internet to the country and non-populated areas? How do you think Mac users will respond?

To answer a few of these questions, let’s look at the idea that MAC users are everywhere including the country side. Businesses like agricultural design and research will have higher quality computers with high-resolution images to better serve their purposes. People can be in touch with more supplies and other beneficial products. The pros obviously outweigh the cons.

In addition to the obvious, kids living in these areas will further their horizons by studying online. There are so many benefits to the possibilities but why does it matter? Well, the more Google expands, the more access we all must provide vital information, so why wouldn’t we want them to produce the net in these places. Heck, you might have assumed that all the wooded areas and everywhere else were already installed, to find out it isn’t.

Have you ever tried to use your GPS in areas where there’s no signal? It’s pretty much a stupid feature to have with the utilization of the technology that makes it operate. Since these are all valid points we make, we know that Alphabet is working on these aspects for this geo-targeted area.

While there’s no targeted dates set for the launch, Google is in the process of perfecting this system and predictions should start by the end of summer 17’. Just remember this technology is bound to help not hurt the folks living in the dark ages out in the back forty. We’re just happy we have the internet and can’t imagine life without it!

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How to Avoid Malware or Adware on a Mac

In recent years, hackers have created viruses and Trojans that target the Mac platform. Even though Apple has advertised their device as being virus-free, Mac malware is now a reality that users should seek to address by securing their devices. One thing you need to understand is that all malware comes from third party programs and applications. This means that your risk of infection is high so long as you install these applications and browse on the web. We’ll show you ways to secure your Mac and prevent any viruses, Trojans and malware from affecting your system.

  1. Perform regular security upgrades

Apps on your Mac as well as third party programs need to be updated regularly. This is one of the best ways to keep your device secure. Just go to the Apple menu and open software update. From there you can install any updates that are available.

  1. Remove Adobe Acrobat Reader

Perhaps you may want to get rid of Adobe Acrobat Reader from your browser. This program has been seen to have multiple security concerns of late. You really don’t need this program on your device. Most people use it to preview PDFs. To uninstall the program, locate the running uninstaller app and click the uninstall button. You will increase the performance of your device and also eliminate a security threat.

  1. Install anti-virus software for Mac OS

There is some antivirus software created for Mac OS. There are some free versions that you can install and be able to prevent viruses and fight them effectively. Antivirus software is one of the best preventative measures. Only make sure you don’t select a program that slows down your device because it’s too heavy.

  1. Don’t open files automatically after downloading

Opening files you’ve download automatically is one of the quickest ways to invite malware into your device. You need to disable this feature and open the files manually. On the safari preferences, click the general tab. Select the option for “open safe files after downloading”. This will allow you to only open files after you’ve verified their sources and prevent introducing malware into your device.

  1. Avoid installing any software you didn’t need

When browsing on the internet, it’s common to be confronted with a dialog box that asks you to install a software that you may not know. Simply don’t install it. Installing random software is one of the fastest ways to get malware into your Mac.

  1. Be on the lookout

It’s important to use common sense when browsing on the internet. If something seems too suspicious and is too good to be true, then it probably is. Adware arrives from application-downloading sites that push you to click on a program that you probably don’t need. So only download your applications either form the Mac App Store or developer’s website. Do not run to download an unsigned software. If the apps are not provided by the developer or from the Mac App Store, be very weary.

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How Prone are Macs to Viruses and Malware?

Some Mac users believe that they never have to worry about viruses and malware after investing in their devices. But is the belief that Mac can’t get viruses and malware true? Certainly not. Like all other computer systems, Macs can get viruses too. It depends on how well you secure the device and what software is installed.

Install an antivirus program

Most people don’t want to install an antivirus program because they are usually too heavy and bog down your computer. It could be the reason why Apple doesn’t like promoting these programs either. Apple markets its devices as virus-free advising consumers that they don’t really need to waste their money on an antivirus program. However, Mac users who have suffered significant malware attacks and lost their vital data now rely on antivirus programs to offer total protection.

How to tell if your Mac is affected

Hackers these days have become so smart that it would be difficult to tell if your device has been affected right away. Most of the malware around these days is very silent, because hackers have realized this is the best way to get away with it for a long time. In fact, the virus may not even slow down your computer so you won’t even notice any performance changes from the time it gets in. The best bet would be to take your computer to a Mac specialist from time to time and have it checked for malware and adware.

Why is malware more common in Windows and Android?

There are many reasons why hackers target the more popular operating systems like Windows and Android as opposed to Mac. For a start, these two platforms, being so popular, perform better in terms of targeting the most people and reaping the hackers the most benefit. At the end of the day, hackers want to make money and they do this by targeting very popular platforms. Secondly, there are lots of SDKs and open source software to create malware for popular operating systems like Windows. For a hacker to build a malware for MAC OS, they are going to have to spend more. Furthermore, Mac has enhanced their reputation when it comes to security meaning that many hackers shy away from trying to create malware for these systems.

Your device is still at risk

Having a secure operating system is never enough. So long as you browse on the internet and interact with third-party software, your computer will still be at risk. Browsers, Java, Flash Players and other programs are known to give the highest risk of malware. And since you can’t afford to stay away from them completely, your device will still be vulnerable to an attack.

To protect yourself and at least have that peace of mind, you need to start by making sure all your applications are up to date. Install the latest antivirus product or security suite that is designed for MAC OS. If you come across something suspicious on the web, keep off, don’t open the page or click the link.

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Apple Computers Soon to Be Manufactured in the USA or Not?

In 2012 there were some serious predictions that Apple would start to manufacturer MAC computers in the USA. Now five years later, we find that these rumors are still circulating and not more is being said to improve the situation. To date, most of these computers are still made in China. However, a bit of buzz coming from Apple CEO Tim Cook is pointing in a different direction.

Per an update found on macworld.co.uk, it seems that Cook is targeting desktops to be in a strategic planning phase for the iMac 5K. This computer will pack performance and will have the Retina 5K display, and Cook was quoted as saying “If there’s any doubt about that with our teams, let me be very clear: we have great desktops in our roadmap. Nobody should worry about that.”

This sounds like there’s some focus with desktops and perhaps this is where the idea ties in with the rumors of Macs in America MFG? Nonetheless, while we had to wait for half a decade to see upgrades done to the Mac Pro, we do know that many of these machines are manufactured in Texas.

There’s plenty of talks located on the 9to5Mac site when it comes to making these computers on American Soil. One comment that was interesting is that Mac Pros are amongst a niche market compared to the rest of Apple’s products. They claim lower volume and fewer workers are the reason these laptops can be made in the US without charging astronomical prices.

While the argument continues across the US economic and political statements that bringing more jobs back to the states will inevitably create a more robust market, nothing points to Apple making their mark. Mass production in the USA would certainly help. But, nothing has been announced that they would open more plants.

In the meantime, companies such as ours are excellent resources for keeping up with the status of more Mac Jobs.  Even more importantly we help to keep your existing machines intact while waiting for the next greatest Apple to be released. Don’t forget to check out the articles mentioned with the links below.

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6 Basic Maintenance Tips for Mac Users

Apple did a good job at creating a device that is easy for users to maintain and use. This means that you shouldn’t slack when it comes to maintenance. Doing some simple things can help to ensure your device performance is kept up.

  1. Make sure all software is updated

Mac software updates can really help you to secure your device. Check the Apple menu for any pending updates. The update could be a bug fix, feature enhancement or security upgrade that your device can benefit from. Updating Mac software is so easy so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t do it. The device itself will check for updates once every week by default so the process is automated.

  1. Clean up the desktop

To prevent slowing down your device, don’t have too many items on your desktop. You may not notice how slow your device becomes when you have too many programs on the desktop. Remember that each file and icon preview will consume some space in your RAM as well as other resources that contribute to the device’s overall performance. To avoid the slowness from a cluttered desktop, clean up the space and leave only the items you need most.

  1. Perform regular backups

Performing regular backups on your Mac is also so important. Backing up your device allows you to recover from any potential risks and it’s generally a very recommended practice. Mac has designed a reliable backup solution known as Time Machine. As soon as you set it up, it will be automatically backing up your data for you. All you need is an external hard drive where you’ll be backing up your data. Time Machine is configured on the System Preferences section and is very easy to set up.

  1. Minimize login items

Whenever you boot up your system or login to your account, there are certain programs that will appear during startup. If you notice a program that you really don’t need, you can get rid of it and reduce the time it takes for your device to boot. Just go to the System Preferences and select Users & Groups then select your user account and go to the Login Items. Delete the items that you really don’t need to appear during startup.

  1. Restart your computer

Many people, especially those who use desktops, do not practice the important habit of restarting their machine. Restarting the device can do a lot of good in terms of boosting performance. You need to restart the device at least once every week. You can do this manually or set up automatic restarts.

  1. Empty trash

Another simple yet effective step that you can take to boost Mac performance is to empty the trash. This is something that can be done manually or using an automated app. You can have an app that empties your trash at certain intervals. Automated apps work really well because they give you some time to restore any important files before emptying the trash.

 

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5 Ways to Boost the Performance of Mac Systems

To ensure your Mac is running as good as new, you’ll need to do a few things. Macs are among the most trouble-free operating systems in the world. However, even the best device needs proper maintenance in order to live up to its expectations. Here are 5 things you need to do to boost Mac performance:

Repair permissions

Whenever you want to perform large system upgrades, it’s recommended that you repair permissions. You can do this by launching Disk Utility on your device. Go ahead and select the boot drive then click on Repair Disk Permissions. The process is likely to take a few minutes but be patient because it’s going to be worthwhile. Disk Utility is a useful feature because it allows you to check HD health and perform repairs when necessary.

Quit and restart programs that consume memory

When the system is left running constantly it’s common to experience slow speeds and performance issues because of memory leaks. Memory leaks often occur when software has been running for too long. Most browsers like Safari lead to memory leaks when they are not closed or restarted. Imagine a browser consuming 1GB of memory? This can significantly impact on the device’s performance. What you can do is to restart the entire machine and this will make sure the virtual memory is reset and everything else is cleaned up. You may notice the system performing slightly better after restarting.

Monitor the remaining hard drive space

Your hard drive needs to have some bit of space to allow your machine to perform at its peak. The rule of thumb is to make sure 10% of the space of your hard drive is free. Should you find yourself consuming all the available space pretty fast, consider replacing the driver with a much larger one. You may also want to get rid of programs and applications on your machine that you really don’t need. Invest in an external hard drive that you can use to store your important data and delete the ones in your computer. Also make sure you empty the trash regularly to leave up some space and boost performance.

Take advantage of monitoring tools

There are a lot of tools that Mac users can utilize in order to boost their computer’s performance. There are tools that are designed to check for any signs of inconsistencies in your hard drive and report. The tool will check for any failures in your internal drives and report as well as suggest actions to take. Other tools can provide important features like CPU usage meter, memory usage and temperature sensors. Whenever the system has an issue, the respective feature will help you to find out how to resolve it.

Software updates

Last but not least, make it a habit to perform software updates as often as necessary. These updates will not only keep your system up and running but also improve functionality, fix bugs and get rid of security concerns. Follow MacUpdate on the web to keep track of any necessary updates that your device may benefit from.

 

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