Apr 09

How to Protect Your Mac from Flashback Malware

According to the TechMediaNetwork a few days ago, a malware called “Mac Flashback” has infected nearly 60 million Apple Mac. So, what should we do in this case? How to protect your Mac from Flashback malware? It is reported that Mac users need to do three things to protect themselves against such malicious software. Following are three things you need to do:

Firstly, check your Mac to know if it has been infected by the Flashback. Social networking news site Mashable has created a script to help users do this, users can visit the Mashable website to check the according to those instructions.

If the script finds the Mac has been infected (one or two places in Mac OS X file system may be infected), then it is a little complicated to clear this malware, you must enter the Terminal application, and then clear this Flashback malware in accordance with the detailed steps from F-Secure of Finnish security company.

Secondly, you can update your OS X by using latest security patches that Apple provides. Recently, Apple has released OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and OS X Lion patch. In addition, it has upgraded OS X Lion patch. on April 5th. However, if you are using the OS X 10.5 Leopard Mac version which based on the PowerPC chip, then Apple will no longer care about you.

Thirdly, take a deep breath, and then say to yourself: “Steve Jobs has passed away, my Mac is not infected with the virus.” And then install a reliable anti-virus product. You have to take action immediately without any delay.

Both the antivirus program bundled in OS X 10.7 Lion and the upcoming Gatekeeper from OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion cannot protect your Mac at all.

For Mac users, you can not only visit TopTenReviews to view the products with evaluation, but also log in the Sophos from British Security Company to download the free Mac antivirus software.

In addition, there are two things you must do:

1. Close the Java runtime engine, if you do not use it.

As the tool to run the network applications and perform other tasks, Java has too many flaws. Due to this reason, it’s unnecessary for you to open Java runtime engine unless you really need to use it. You can open Java parameters from Mac OS X and don’t check all the options, then restart.

Unfortunately, Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign in Adobe Creative Suite applications require the Java environment to run. In this case, you have to trust Apple again, although Apple is obvious on slow-moving in helping Mac users. Two months ago, Windows and Linux version patches had been introduced to repair the Java flaws that Mac Flashback used.

2. If you are still using PowerPC Mac, it is time to make a change.

There are still millions of PowerPC Mac still in use and well-run, the latest production date is in 2006. However, Apple no longer provides support or security patches. Thus, Apple hopes you to upgrade your Mac OS so that you can find the way to protect your Mac from all kinds of virus.

Apr 06

31 Most Frequently Used Safari Keyboard Shortcuts

Safari is the default web browser of Mac OS X, which is fast and concise. As we all know, it will improve our experience browsing the web if we can use as many shortcuts in Safari as we can. Here are 31 most frequently used Safari shortcuts for your reference. We’ve classified them according to their different roles. Hope these shortcuts can be helpful to you!

For reading & viewing web pages

1. Command + Shift + R – Remove style and view in reader
2. Command + Plus – Enlarge text size
3. Command + Minus – Decrease text size
4. Command + 0 – Default text size
5. Command + Escape – Enter or exit the full screen
6. Command + Shift + H – Launch the home page
7. Command + Shift + I – Mail link to current page

For toolbars, reading list and history

1. Command + I – Hide or show toolbar
2. Command + Shift + B – Hide or show bookmarks bar
3. Command + / – Hide or show status bar
4. Command + Shift + T – Hide or show tab bar
5. Command+Option+1 – Show top sites
6. Command+Option+2 – Show history
7. Command + Shift + L – Show reading list
8. Command + Option + L – Show downloads

For finding & navigating found items

1. Command + F – Find text from the page
2. Return – Navigate forward the found items
3. Command + F – Navigate backward to the found items

For navigating web pages & tabs

1. Control + Tab – Switch to the next tab
2. Control + Shift + Tab – Switch to previous tab
3. Spacebar – Scroll by full screen down
4. Shift + Spacebar – Scroll by full screen up
5. Command + L – Move to address bar
6. Command + Click a link – Open a link in new tab
7. Command + Click a link – Add new tab
8. Shift + Click link – Add the link to reading list

For loading pages, caches, source & pop up windows

1. Command + Option + E – Clear your browser cache
2. Command + R – Reload the page
3. Command + – Stop loading the page
4. Command + Option + U – View Page Source
5. Command + Shift + K – Block pop-up window

Apr 05

How Have e-Readers Reduced Our Reading Experience?

Recently, we’ve been informed that e-readers may slow down reading speed and less helpful for human’s memory than paper books.

The suspect is based on experiment of observation results and research about memory and recognition abilities. It turns out that the situational clues of the text documents can leave deeper impression for reading, and the design of physical books will speed up readers’ info extraction. Three-dimensional space and multi-layered sensibility contribute to establishment of a story background. However, e-Readers have stripped the experience of using three dimensions related contextual information thus make the human’s reading discounted.

Cover – to a paper book, one may be not able to tear himself from a beloved book and look at the cover repeatedly, and generally they will see the front cover and then back cover time and again, which is absolutely an important part of reading a really good book. You see the specially textured covers, with either knurling prints of titles or photographs of authors on or other impressive features, and feel the style of the books and grasp the designers’ intentions which have been knitted the contents together. However, one can hardly memorize the scanned covers of eBooks. Often you may take a quick glance at the cover then forget it soon later on.

Tactility – Paper books have different weights and appearances. Your reading experience certainly will be varied according to different book design. Are they made from laid paper or light paper? Have they been cut into square or rectangle? Thick or thin? All of these elements lead to unique reading experience of each book. However, e-Readers make all of the books the same texture and tactility.

Fonts – Seldom have we seen the e-Readers will adopt other fonts except for their default fonts. However, font design is a slight and subtle method to express designers’ opinions about the pages, words and stories. Fonts can form a brilliant characteristic of a book in spirit and provide a realistic contextual situation, whilst eBook has surrendered the function.

Layout – Paper books are made by specific layouts and their chapters often go from left to right. When reading, the contextual situation can be well established with folio, and undoubtedly, readers can decide whether they will read continuously or not when their eyes move from left to right. They can pause for a while on the right page and spare more time for reflection. However, without the cooperation of folio, the mono screen of the e-Readers makes it impossible, and the page-turning of each layout have decreased your reading speed as well as right of memory suspension.

Paper – To choose a kind of paper is an important part of book design. Want to use rough edge paper or acid-free paper, or any other cheap paper? Whichever papers you may choose will be expressions of which types of the books belong to or where the books will appear of sorts. Also paper can create background of the stories. The Bible has adopted a kind of paper like onion skin and it wrinkles and laps over in an extraordinary style, which of course will bring entirely different experience comparing with exquisite novels that made from heavy and silky rough edge paper. Different papers deliver different info to affect your feelings about the book. Nevertheless, the same sleek and hard enclosure of the e-Readers plus their uniform screen color let your reading experience not much difference among different contents.

Flavor – It is well known that paper books have flavors, and most of them smell really good. If you come into a second-hand bookstore, a special scents seemingly gave out from slow fire under acid environment will be smelt. Some books emit adhesives smell, some books have coating chemicals flavors, and some books bring you air breath from island. Whereas, e-Readers cannot send out smells.

To those bibliophiles who have physical shelves with tons of paper books, spatiality is significant. Although the popularity of eBooks and their loaders like iPad or Kindle Fire all convey a signal that we relay on papers no more. However, we still need traditional paper books to contribute more on our recognition and learning from books.

Apr 01

Make The Best of iBooks Themes to Improve Your Reading Experience

There are three diverse color themes in iBooks app. They can be used in different occasion times of a day, which is to improve your reading experience on iPhone and iPad, even it can protect your eyes from being so tired. Here we would like to talk about how to make the best of iBooks themes to improve your reading experience on your iPad & iPhone.

Firstly, please kindly launch iBooks on your iPad or iPhone and open a book.

Secondly, click the button “aA” at the top of the screen, then hit the “Theme” button, there will be three different optional themes: Normal, Sepia and Night.

1. Normal – Shows you the black text and white background. When the lighting environment is brightest, you can choose this theme, otherwise, it may be a little bit harsh for eyes.

2. Sepia – Provides you dark brown text and the background color would be off-white. This theme can make your eyes more relax when the lighting is insufficient, for example in the early mornings or evenings.

3. Night – Night theme is light grey text with a black background. It is a very good idea to read during night time in a darker room. Not only because the black background is not so stimulating for eyes, but also because the iPhone or iPad will not seem to be an artificial lamp in the dark room. Thus, you will not disturb others in the room if they are trying to sleep. In addition, you can also set the iOS color to be inverted pattern, which makes it more comfortable to scan web pages in the darkness.

Well, we consider Sepia theme as the best all-around mode, as it can be adapted both in high brightness and darkness on the whole day. Another reason is that it can adjust the brightness of iPad and iPhone screen to improve the reading experience. When the surrounding light is dark, the screen brightness should be dark. Lower the screen brightness will not only make your eyes more comfortable, but also lengthen the battery life of iPhone & iPad to some extent.