Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 179

Run Sheet ~ Glenn & Michael & Nick

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

Ransomware hits Macs again, even my sister with an old iMac

New Ransomwares hits the Mac again.

Wait for the How to’s to get rid of it.


Story 2

So Saturday afternoon I’m driving home listening to the radio

And the Nova FM Top 40 was sponsored by Apple music.

It was the Top 40 streamed music that week


Story 3

WWDC, Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, returns to San Jose June 5-9, 2017

Each year during WWDC, millions of talented developers around the world learn about Apple’s breakthrough platform technologies ranging from programming languages like Swift to breakthrough developer APIs like SiriKit, HomeKit, HealthKit and CarPlay. These Apple technologies inspire developers to continue creating incredible experiences for every aspect of customers’ lives and improve the way they manage their smart homes, cars, health and more for over one billion active Apple devices.


You need to register now to go in the draw for tickets to the event.

⬇︎Story 4

New app review process

Apple introduces app review process

    • can’t ask more than 3 times a year
    • if the customer says no to all 3 that year it will be 12 months before it will ask again
    • developer can reply to a feedback
    • customer can update review once


Story 5

Is this why Apple appears to be getting back in the server business

9 to 5 reports from The Information states that Apple found potential security issues with at least one server early last year. Apple purchased the server from Super Micro Computer and was used to help power its web services and also contained customer information.

According to Super Micro Computer’s SVP and others familiar with the matter, Apple terminated their long-standing relationship with the supplier and also returned some servers as well.

Apple ended up terminating its years-long business relationship with Super Micro, according to Tau Leng, a senior vice president of technology for Super Micro, and a person who was told about the incident by a senior infrastructure engineering executive at Apple. The tech giant even returned some of Super Micro’s servers to the company, according to one of the people briefed about the incident.

There were apparently no breaches of any kind, but the potential threats were serious enough that Apple decided to end the relationship with Super Micro Computer.


Reminder a few more have contacted us re –

AMZ get together

We are planning a couple of Aussie Mac Zone get togethers in April.  eMail Garth or myself your Suburb so we can figure out central locations.

The more people for each state will decide where we go.

A few people have emailed so far.

I’m thinking Saturday April 1, for Sydney as Glen will be down from Queensland (Also it is Apples Birthday)


This Weeks Discussion



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How To 1

Getting rid of Ransomware

What to do when a website says you have malicious software on Mac? If you are browsing a website and it claims to have detected malicious software, malware, or a virus (or simply states it has “detected problems” with your Mac), then follow these steps:

    • If you’re in Safari (or another web browser) and get a warning about malicious software, virus, or problems detected, quit Safari by choosing Safari > Quit. If Safari refuses to quit, force-quit the app (Control-click the Safari icon and choose Force Quit).
    • Go to the Downloads folder and drag any install files, or files that you don’t recognise, to the Trash.
    • Empty the Trash (Control-Click the Trash icon and choose Empty Trash). By doing this you will dodge the problem in the first place. You haven’t installed any software, or handed over your credit-card details.
    • We’d suggest you don’t return to that website.


How To 2

More getting rid of Ransomware

Here’s what to do if you suspect you’ve already installed malware on to your Mac – typically because a website claimed to have detected problems. Follow these steps to remove the software:

    • If the app is open, check the name of the app.
    • Move or close the app window.
    • Open the Utilities folder (Command-Shift-U).
    • Open Activity Monitor.
    • Choose All Processes.
    • Go to the Utilities folder in the Applications folder and launch Activity Monitor.
    • Look for an app called MacDefender, MacSecurity or MacProtector. Or look for the name of the app (from Step 1).
    • Click the Quit Process button (top-left) and select Quit.
    • Quit Activity Monitor.
    • Open the Applications folder and locate the app (called MacDefender, MacSecurity, MacProtector, or some other name).
    • Drag the unwanted app to the Trash. Empty the trash.


How To 3

Close all your Safari tabs at once

Have a bunch of tabs you no longer need? Touch and hold the Pages button. (the two squares on top of each other)


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