Tag : Mac

What should I use to run Windows on my Mac?

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It pays to know how to run Windows on Apple machines as there will most certainly be times when running Windows is a must in order to run an application. Here are 5 easy ways to run Windows and Windows applications on your Mac.

Boot Camp – OS X allows you to install Windows directly onto your hardware and boot into the operating system, using a feature called Boot Camp. If you have ever run a dual-boot PC then this should ring a bell. No additional software is needed as everything is already built into the device. Even better, since Windows will run as the native operating system you will have access to the full power of the system. The downside of Boot Camp is that you can run only one operating system at a time, which means you also cannot run Apple and Windows applications at the same time. Switching between operating systems means going back into Boot Camp, which can be time consuming.

Virtual Machine – Another option would be via a virtual machine. A good software choice that comes highly recommended is Parallels Desktop. If you want to be able to run Windows and OS X at the same time this is the perfect software for you. At $80 for a license, this software is super fast and easy to use. In addition, you can make snapshots and backups for your virtual machine easily in case something goes wrong. Although this method does require additional software it is a worth it purchase.

Remote Desktop – This is a good option for those that already have a PC running Windows. You can easily access the PC remotely via your Mac, giving you access to all the data and applications on that system. Microsoft even has a free tool that helps you remote in. I would not advise buying a separate PC just for this purpose, but if you already have a PC running Windows you should give this a try and utilize all your free resources. Just remember your files aren’t saved locally using this method.

Wine – By the glass or the bottle? Not quite. Wine is a program that is actually a compatibility layer rooted in Linux and works on OS X. This is a free method  and is fully compatible with OS X 10.11 El Captain. You don’t even need Windows or a license to utilize Wine. It can have a few problems now and again, after all it is free so patience is key with this one.

CrossOver for Mac – CrossOver is compatible with thousands of Windows applications, but it is not free, subscriptions start at $40. This commercial option provides better coverage than Wine but does not guarantee that every application will work. In comparison to a virtual machine this is an easier option.

Many that switch between OS X and Windows become frustrated by the track pad not working in the same way. Trackpad is a utility for Apple’s Multitouch and Force Touch track pads on Mac machines. It supports 2, 3, and 4 finger OS X gestures and also supports Windows gestures. In addition it has the ability to detect and ignore accidental touches of the track pad. Pretty cool.

 


 

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Mac Malware blocked if you fix this simple Setting

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In the last week two different types of OS X malware made their debut and it has Mac users biting their nails about the possibility of an unprotected Mac. Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor and OSX/Keydnap, the two newest Mac malware, are both blocked from execution if managed with the appropriate Mac settings.

As MacWorld points out to us, with some malware there is little that can be blamed on the user. The software that leverages vulnerabilities in the operating system to install without verification or that has the ability to mask itself as an application that it is really not, is usually to blame. But how easy is it to really spot this in the act? Most of us can’t, and have to rely on an operating system, or researchers  in order to find out about the malware and by that time who knows whats happening on the device.

The Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor is a Trojan horse distributed under the name EasyDoc Converter. Masking itself as a file converter application through reputable websites that offer Mac software, users think they are downloading valuable Mac software when really, they are in for a big surprise. This is the time when I advise you the user, to be careful when downloading software from sites that are not the direct developer. Nowadays many download sites package software inside of installers that also install adware or other unwanted apps. The OSX/Keydnap  malware vector distribution is unknown. We do know that it arrives in the form of a ZIP archive that has to be extracted, with the file inside double clicked.

OK the goods. Unsigned apps can only launch by either right-clicking the app after it is downloaded, selecting Open from the contextual menu, and agreeing to launch the app even though it is unsigned. OR If the Security & Privacy system preference pane’s General tab has Allow Apps Downloaded From set to Anywhere. This should be changed to Mac App Store and Identified Developers.  In the new macOS Sierra, this won’t be a problem as the Anywhere option has been removed for this very reason. Remember, Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor and OSX/Keydnap will be blocked if these settings are in place, so even if you mess up and don’t take any of my advice to heart, your Mac will still be safe.

 


 

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Lost all your emails in Outlook 2011 for Mac? Not a problem!!

Accidentally deleted everything in your Outlook 2011 email inbox on an Apple Mac? Not to worry, one of our lead techs stumbled upon this quick fix!

Deleting items such as emails and contact list entries means that they are moved to your Deleted Items folder. Now, if you empty the Deleted Items folder, they are removed form your inbox but will remain potentially recoverable for 28 days. To recover lost emails, go into the Deleted Items folder and select the emails you would like to recover. You can always select more than one by holding the ctrl button as you you click.

In the ribbon at the top, click the ‘Move’ icon and select the folder you would like to restore the emails to, such as ‘Inbox’ in this case. Voila!

Deleted-file

You can also recover them by through OWA (the Outlook Web App) at:

exchange.sussex.ac.uk/owa/


 

The information presented in the blog is courtesy of the University of Sussex, please visit http://www.sussex.ac.uk/its/help/faq?faqid=2277, for original content.

 

Sophos, Did you say.. Free?

You heard right. Sophos is offering free commercial grade security software for users. Sophos free security

Sophos is a security software and hardware company that develops products for encryption, network security, mobile and email security as well as threat management. Although mostly geared toward large enterprise organizations, they haven’t forgot about the security needs of home users.

In addition to their free Sophos Cloud, which can be used in business, commercial, or government organizations, Sophos offers free home protection, a great tool for users. This free version of Sophos Home lets you manage and protect up to ten computers per account. A huge advantage for anyone looking to better protect sensitive data from their home base.

The free security software protects against malicious software and inappropriate websites and viruses. In a world where malware is at the forefront of security concerns, it is best to ensure added protection for all your Mac and PC devices. As an added cherry on top, you can manage security settings for the entire family from any browser.

If you want software that is trusted by IT professionals, we highly recommend trying the new free version of Sophos.

To find out more information about Sophos and sign up for Sophos Home please visit their website:

https://www.sophos.com/en-us/lp/sophos-home.aspx

 

Microsoft OneDrive raises the bar for cloud storage

Microsoft OneDrive Cloud Storage The Microsoft OneDrive, otherwise known as “device cloud”, is available free of charge for anyone who has created a Microsoft account. Included are 5 GB of free storage, easy access to media files, folder syncing, documents, as well as playing and viewing capabilities in addition to simple storage.

Similar to the iCloud for iPhones and iPads, OneDrive allows iPhone, Android, and Windows phone users to automatically upload photos to the OneDrive camera roll. Combining online storage and syncing into one device, One Drive offers a new convenience for Microsoft users who had to previously deal with separate storage and syncing services. Windows 10 has allowed OneDrive to grow as a built-in capacity. If you utilize other technology platforms OneDrive is compatible with Windows 7 and 8, Mac OS X, iOS, and Android.

 

PROS-

Excellent photo viewing and slideshow capabilities.

Clear interface.

Works with Windows phone, Mac, iOS, and Android.

Easily retrieves any file from a PC.

 

CONS-

Storage offerings shrinking according to a recent release from Microsoft.

Not a share target for Windows 10 apps.

 

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MP3 Rocket – Video Conversion

Have you ever wanted to convert a video file but weren’t sure what tool to use? MP3 Rocket is a fast video to MP2 Converter. This software quickly and easily converts video to MP3, MP4, MPG, FLV and MOV. It also includes HD video or audio formats if you want. Is there a video on Youtube you wished you could have an MP3 file of? This tool will search the internet and find items based on your search and quickly download and convert the file for you. Pretty nifty! http://downloads.zdnet.com/product/2071-75337655/

Price Decrease on MacBook Pro

Today Apple announced that the price of the 13″ MacBook Pro Retina display would drop by $200. The 128Gb laptop is now $1,499 but don’t fret if you wanted to spend $1,699 on, Apple solved that problem by introducing an upgraded model with 2.6GHz processor and 256GB of storage.

Apple dropped the price of the MacBook Air $100 as well leading some people to wonder why the sudden price drop. “When prices of components come down, they are willing to lower prices when they can. We don’t expect Apple to make the cheapest products on the markey, but they are committed to being affordable in the market.” says Ben Bajarin, a principal analyst at Creative Strategies.

With the rise of tablets in the workforce it no surpise that the MacBook line is decreasing in sales. Last quarter it dropped 1.1 million when comparing it to the same quarter the year before. Regardless all of us at BVA like to see the prices drop instead of increase.

 

Outlook 2011 for Macs

Microsoft released Office 2011 for Mac, which for the first time, includes a Mac-specific version of Outlook. Outlook is the MAPI (Messaging API) client for Microsoft Exchange server, and so we’ve seen several clients of ours go out and buy Macs to put on their Windows Active Directory networks. This would be just fine, but they then find that they cannot get the new Outlook for Mac to work – it just cannot see their old Exchange server!
Our “Fine Print” department tells us that this new version of Outlook will only see Exchange 2007 or 2010. This is because it is not actually a MAPI client. It instead uses Exchange Web Services to access the Exchange data, something that was introduced with Exchange 2007 and carried into Exchange 2010.
The previous client for Macs, Entourage, made use of WebDAV and could connect to Exchange 2003 or 2007, but that functionality was removed with 2010.
So if you want your Macs to have full Outlook features, the solution is simple: convince your IT department, and the people who rule them, that it’s time to upgrade your Exchange servers!

Mac Users Beware Of Malware

Do you think your Mac is immune to malware infections? If you said Yes, you would be wrong. Although there may not be as much malware for a Mac as there is for Windows, you should still not be caught sleeping.

According to the Security firm Sophos, from November 2nd to November 16th 2010, their Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition collected some 50,000 malware reports (This is based on an approximate 150,000 users).

Note that some of the above mentioned malware will just not run on a Mac, but there are some that will. For instance the DNS Changer and OSX/Jahlav are some specific examples of infections that you want to remove from you system right away. Some people make take this lightly as they have the idea stuck in their head that their Mac cannot be infected….but guess what it can.

My recommendation to anyone that owns a computer or mobile device is to protect yourself. Any device connected to the internet whether it be 3G, Wi-Fi, or on your LAN can be infected.  Hopefully you do the right thing and I don’t have to say I told you so.