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  • September 29, 2016

    Moving From An iMac to Chromebook

    Over the last few months with the release of the macOS Sierra and Siri on the desktop I started to wonder about my aging iMac. I am using an iMac for 2012 with the retina display the machine runs well but I was thinking maybe it was time to get a laptop. Over the last month or so I have started using a Chromebook as my main machine for running my blog, advertising and web design business. The Chromebook just seems to be easier because of its tight integration with Google services. The Chromebook was a cheap purchase for an impulse buy the Lenovo N21 11 inch which was a cheap enough buy off Amazon at $147 dollars and free shipping. Pros One of the things I really love about the Chromebook is how all of Google’s services are again native since Chrome OS is Google’s operating system. Chrome OS is pretty much a virus and spyware free environment because of the very limited and striped down operating system. The Google Play Store for the Chrome OS is great and has tons of awesome apps for Chrome however not every app for Android is available for Chrome OS. Android app to Chrome OS integration is one of the features Google is currently working on to date to allow a more unified platform between the Chrome OS and Android OS. My Chromebook model is on the list below but I have not gotten them yet. https://sites.google.com/a/chromium.org/dev/chromium-os/chrome-os-systems-supporting-android-apps?visit_id=1-636107715840223816-799093762&rd=1 The one thing I noticed about the Chromebook is the speed. It boots up in record time I literally can boot the device and login in matter of two minutes. One thing that’s nice about Chromebook is if you need to reload the operating system it takes under 15 minutes. The whole system was designed...
  • October 16, 2012

    Google Mobile Malware

    Is Google planning on integrating an antivirus scanner into Android? A just-released Google Play store app update, as well as the company’s recent acquisition of VirusTotal seem to hint that yes, Google is looking into it. Google yesterday started rolling out an update to its Google Play Store app version 3.8.17 from August was bumped to version 3.9.16 in October.  The update to the phone has two parts.  The first thing called App Check would apparently allow Google to inspect apps you’ve already downloaded and a second feature would warn you if an app you’re trying to install is suspicious. Google already has a server-side Play Store malware checker called Bouncer. The automated antimalware system removes malicious apps uploaded to the Play Store and is meant to prevent repeat-offender developers. Yet what is being described here is a client-side antimalware system, which would be particularly useful for apps not on the Play Store that Android users are installing from various sources. This is not the first time Google has worked on removing and preventing malicious software in July Google has to remove 25 malicious apps which forced them to put Bouncer in place.  There are third party anti virus apps available buy almost every AntiVirus vendor like AVG Zoner Avast Nortain Webroot Mcafee Trendmicro But this move by Google shows that they are preparing to make some security changes and add possible a built in AntiVirus product on the client side. With the recent FBI warning to consumers about mobile malware Google is adding better security features and possibly a built in AV on its latest Android mobile OS Jelly Bean 4.1 to avoid future security issues.  With Jelly Bean’s design, Google hopes to defend against hacks that install viruses, along with other malware.