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Many Apple fans think their Macs are immune to malware. Unfortunately, Apple’s computers — though less targeted — are as susceptible to?threats as any other computer. In fact, attackers can even evade OS X’s built-in anti-malware mechanism. Read more “GateKeeper Bypassed Again – Daily Security Byte EP. 205”

Severity: High Summary: These vulnerabilities affect: Apple OS X 10.6.x-10.8.x and Safari 6.0.4 and below How an attacker exploits them: Multiple vectors of attack, including enticing your users into opening specially crafted files (often multimedia files), or visiting malicious websites Impact: Various results; in the worst case, an attacker can execute code with your privileges What to do: Install the appropriate OS X and Safari, or let Apple’s Software updater do it for you. Exposure: Yesterday, Apple released two security updates to fix many vulnerabilities in OS X and Safari (Mac version only). If you use Mac computers, you should apply these significant updates quickly. I summarize Apple’s alerts below: OS X Update Fixes 33 Vulnerabilities Apple released an update to fix vulnerabilities in all current versions of OS X. Read more “Time to Polish Your Apple: OS X & Safari Updates”

If you’re still using Java, you need to patch it yet again—even if you’re using a Mac. Over the last few days both Facebook and Apple have reported network breaches. In both cases, employees at those companies visited a particular web site that was infected with a zero day Java exploit, which then infected the victims with malware. Read more “Apple and Facebook Breaches Result in Multi-Platform Java Updates”

Severity: High Summary: These vulnerabilities affect: Apple OS X 10.6.x-10.8.x, Safari 6.0 and below, and iOS 5.1.1 and below. How an attacker exploits them: Multiple vectors of attack, including enticing your users into opening specially crafted files, or visiting malicious websites Impact: Various results; in the worst case, an attacker can execute code with your privileges, and leverage other flaws to elevate to root What to do: Install the appropriate OS X, Safari, and iOS update as soon as possible, or let Apple’s Software updater do it for you. Read more “Apple Posts Security Updates for OS X, iOS, and Safari”

Flashback Follow-up, Lots of Patches, and MBR Ransomware In this week’s video, I follow up on Flashback developments, cover the various security updates that came out this week, and warn you about two new interesting malware variants that change their targets or techniques. There’s a lot to learn, so check out this week’s WatchGuard Security Week in Review video below. Read more “WatchGuard Security Week in Review: Episode 13”

Security and Voice over IP

Today, WatchGuard announce that it was teaming up with Mitel to provide voice over IP (VoIP) protection for Mitel’s unified communications (UC) solutions.  So, why does this matter? Expectations are that half of small-to-medium sized businesses and two-thirds of all enterprise organizations are using VoIP.  Because of its ubiquity, VoIP has emerged as a substantive threat vector to businesses large and small worldwide. Read more “Security and Voice over IP”

One common feature of computers is that upgrading the memory will nearly always result in a faster machine. The original MacBook came with 2GB of memory. Basic versions of all MacBooks, including the MacBook Pro versions, come from your local Apple reseller with 2GB as standard, with many models featuring 4GB.

With dual memory slots, a MacBook can be upgraded by an authorized MacBook or MacBook Pro repair center to double existing memory to a maximum of 8GB. The benefits of going in for an Apple repair service and memory upgrade include:

The knowledge that your new parts are installed properly by authorized MacBook repair technicians whose work is guaranteed.

Faster data streaming -extra memory helps to keep the flow of data constant and to avoid screen freezes that typically occur when watching videos and other CPU intensive work.

Faster boot up – The system has more “space” to pre-load the operating system at boot time.

Reduced disk wear – When systems are memory deficient, they have to use the hard disk as a means of gaining extra memory space. The activity of moving data back and forth can cause a huge performance penalty as the system gets tied up with disk read/write operations.

The biggest effect is improved all-round performance – For a variety of reasons, machines respond well to additional memory and can function significantly faster as a result. An Apple reseller or Authorized Apple Repair Service provider will carry all the memory modules required for an upgrade.

There are good reasons why your MacBook memory upgrade should be handled by an Authorized Apple Reseller or Apple repair service provider; Different MacBook versions require different memory modules. Inserting the incorrect module can either damage the main board or produce unpredictable operating results. Choosing a reputable Apple reseller or Authorized Apple Repair Service Center means you can be confident that not only is the correct memory being added, it is from an Apple-approved source that meets the specifications required by the MacBook’s operating system and hardware. Apple resellers and Apple Repair Service Centers carry only Apple approved parts for replacement or upgrades.

So before visiting your Apple reseller for an expensive MacBook repair, maybe a memory upgrade at your local Authorized Apple Repair Service Center will cure the problem. If you are in the Los Angeles, West LA, Santa Monica, or Hollywood, area you can visit CompuTech Support Services’ Authorized Apple Repair Service Center. CompuTech is authorized to handle any type of Macbook repairs. We are located in Los Angeles, California where we have expert technicians ready to help assess your Apple repair or service needs.

Looking for the best Mac support service in West LA, Los Angeles, Santa Monica or Hollywood? Because our focus is on Mac repairs and Mac support we won’t just try to sell you a new computer, we will resolve your problems with the best and most affordable solutions possible. Avoid the lines at the Apple store. Computech is among the top 2 percent of Apple Authorized Service Providers in North America, and we are conveniently located in West Los Angeles.

Call on the expertise of our knowledgeable staff of Mac support technicians and you will soon see why Computech earned Apple’s Service Excellence Award, and is rated by Apple among the top 2% of Service Providers in North America.

Whether your issues are hardware or software related (or both), our certified Mac repair technicians are ready to help you get your Macintosh back in working order. Contact our West LA location today at (310) 237-6065 or learn more about our Mac services online.

CompuTech – MacBook Repair Excellence.

One of the most common or frequently seen repairs at Apple Stores is the Macbook Pro screen repair. Laptops are prone to screen damage in a number of ways from mishandling, dropping your MacBook, or closing the lid on obstructive object. Screens are probably the most delicate part of a MacBook and can be damaged easily. Fortunately, Macbook Pro screen repair costs are reasonable and all MacBook repair / service centers are qualified to change out a faulty or damaged screen.

Attempting a Macbook Pro screen repair yourself or “getting a friend” to do it for you are ill-advised options. Authorized Apple dealers will always issue a guarantee with their work. A Macbook Pro screen repair requires a perfect replacement part match. The delicate handling of the ribbon cables makes this a project better left to an Authorized Apple Repair Center.

This applies to faulty hard drives as well. Replacing a hard drive in a MacBook is more than just sliding a new one in. A hard drive needs to be installed by an Apple Store or Authorized Apple Repair Center. Their technicians have been trained properly to make such hardware changes and the associated operating system re-installation/restoration as required.

Your Macbook Pro screen repair, hard disk replacement or any other internal component should always be processed by trained Apple technicians at an Apple Store or Authorized Apple Repair Center. At an Apple Store or Authorized Apple Repair Center, repair work is always carried out to the high standards set by Apple. High quality culture of the Macintosh family of computers is maintained throughout the Apple dealer network of Apple Stores and Apple Repair Centers.

If you need a MacBook Pro screen repair, hard disk fixed, memory upgrade or just an operating system update and you are in the Los Angeles area, CompuTech Support Services can offer you top quality, Apple-authorized, MacBook repairs. CompuTech stocks all MacBook replacement items and we promise fast turnarounds with online repair status checking and even loaner MacBooks to keep you working while your MacBook is being fixed.

Looking for the best Mac support service in West LA, Los Angeles, Santa Monica or Hollywood? Because our focus is on Mac repairs and Mac support we won’t just try to sell you a new computer, we will resolve your problems with the best and most affordable solutions possible. Avoid the lines at the Apple Store. Computech is among the top 2 percent of Apple Authorized Service Providers in North America, and we are conveniently located in West Los Angeles.

Call on the expertise of our knowledgeable staff of Mac support technicians and you will soon see why Computech earned Apple’s Service Excellence Award, and is rated by Apple among the top 2% of Service Providers in North America.

Whether your issues are hardware or software related (or both), our certified Mac repair technicians are ready to help you get your Macintosh back in working order. Contact our West LA location today at (310) 237-6065 or learn more about our MacBook repair services online.

We are conveniently located near West Los Angeles, Hollywood and Santa Monica, California!

A fresh new year has begun and we already have security vulnerabilities in two of the most popular operating systems; Windows and OS X. Let’s start with the more worrisome one – Windows. According to a recent Microsoft Security Advisory , the Graphics Rendering Engine that ships with most versions of Windows (one of the components that helps display graphics on your screen) suffers from a zero day vulnerability. Read more “Windows zero day and small Snow Leopard update start off the new year”