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Tech Stuff and random observations on life as I see it….
Back on the 9th of May I wrote an article warning about the MACdefender Trojan. Back then I said that it was one that would catch the unwary… How wrong was I? It would appear that people are falling for this one left, right and center. In fact it would seem that Mac users, smug for so long that viruses weren’t their problem and are asked to input their admin password so often, don’t recognise the danger signs when they come along. Converse to this, research is indicating that Windows users, who have been bashed and battered so regularly with attacks, are becoming much more security conscious these days.
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After rumours were circulating that Google and Facebook were interested in purchasing Skype, Microsoft swooped in and purchased it for $8.5 Billion… Yes that’s right Billion. In more recent years, Microsoft seems to have been content taking a care-taking role in OS and Office development but first there was Windows 7, then Kinect and now this… It is of course likely that Microsoft bought it purely to stop the others from getting it.
Quite obviously aimed at implementation across PC, Xbox and Windows Mobile there was concern that Linux and Mac platforms would suffer due to this purchase but Microsoft has been quick to state that Skype would operate in it’s own division still headed by the current CEO and all platforms would remain supported (but Windows OS and devices first).
Integrating Skype into office may help the Enterprise IT departments accept the use of Skype in business but I think that it has put the tech community on edge for the moment until it is proved by Microsoft that they will honour their promises… Until then, Google Chat or FaceTime anyone?
While we are on the subject of Skype on Non-Microsoft platforms, ensure that your MAC OSX version is patched and up to date (you have to download it from the site, it doesn’t come down as an update as previous versions contain a recently discovered exploit that allows remote execution of a shell on your local machine.