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Archive for May 2011

Once upon a time Apple Mac users were happy people, laughing at Windows users suffering with virus problems… As Macs became more popular, the malware and virus writers have turn more attention to the Apple operating system OSX. Now a fake Anti Virus program can run on a Mac without needing a password. This brings Mac security on a level par with Windows.

Perhaps as the Windows users have years of experience dealing with viruses and malware, the naivety and now abundance of Apple’s user base makes them ripe for the picking.

You can read the recent timeline of Apple’s security model failing here and then install the AV for Mac from Sophos for free before you get caught out. Don’t be a smug mac user, get protected and resign yourself to being no more secure than the Windows user next to you. Read the history of Mac viruses and find they pre-date Windows viruses by a few years!

The quicker Mac users accept the change then the quicker they can move on and begin to deal with the problem… Denial of a problem has always works so well with computers.



September 2010 we said it was time for a brand new start to computing, well it is starting to take shape…

PrentOS is the official public name for the project to develop a new open source licensed operating system with the goal of making a simple, secure computer.

Why PrentOS? Simple really, as it PrentOS is being developed primarily by Brad Prent, the owner of SecurityBrad and Brads Computer Service Station

For now, we have parked the domains and while we work on producing the Alpha version and we aim to launch limited public testing via the shop in Rotterdam by the end of 2011.


As usual whenever new technology is released, there are security issues found from the early implementations. Web browsers are no different, and a new vulnerability has been identified in Mozilla’s Firefox 4, Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome browsers.

This time the issue is with a new feature called WebGL which allows 3D graphics in the browser. As a new feature you most probably do not need to use it for some time, and until updated versions of the browsers are released then we advise that you disable WebGL for now.

For Firefox users, type: about:config in the address bar and find the option webgl.disabled and set the value to ‘True’. Chrome and Safari have other methods to disable WebGL which are too complex for most home users to implement and as such we recommend that you only use Firefox until updates are released.



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