Back in May of last year, Google started enforcing a policy that requires Chrome extensions be hosted on its Chrome Web Store, but only on Windows. The goal was to prevent malware hidden in extensions installable from outside its store, and it even started disabling extensions already installed on users’ systems that weren’t hosted on the Chrome Web Store. Now, Google says it will bring that requirement to Mac Chrome users over the coming months, as well as the Chrome developer channel for Windows that wasn’t previously enforcing the policy: expand full story
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Apple has seemingly decided to crack down on antivirus and antimalware apps, removing them from the App Store. Although there has been no official statement from Apple on a policy change, Apple’s loose guidelines allow them to pull pretty much anything at any time, particularly something like antivirus which has questionable utility within the sandboxed iOS environment of iPhones and iPads.
One casualty of the removal is Intego’s VirusBarrier, which claims that this takedown was not specific to its product with Apple deciding the entire category of antivirus products is now off-limits.
Malware ▪ November 25, 2014
We’ve got a nice 9to5Toys Specials deal on this evening and the best part is that it is a name your own price with the bids starting at $1. The earlier you get in, the less you pay. Here’s the list of apps but frankly Typinator alone is worth it. Go big and 10% of your purchase price goes to a charity of your choice and you’ll be entered to win a Gold iPad 2 & iPhone 6
(Update:6:30am ET: the price is now $3.50)
- Typinator – $32 – The program the “types” frequently used text for you
- Hotspot Shield VPN – 1 Year Elite Subscription
- Starry Night Enthusiast – $80 – Turn your computer into a virtual universe
- Intensify Pro – $60 – The image enhancer for photographers of all levels
- Spotdox 3 – $72 – Get access to all your files, on any device, anywhere
- Data Backup 3 – $49 – Easy, powerful, and flexible backups
- Paperless – $50 – Fuel your paper-free lifestyle
- MacJournal 6 – $40 – Multimedia journal for the 21st century
- Pixa – $25 – Image management and sharing app
- Must Have Mac App Tutorial – $100 – Learn how to maximize the 9 apps included
Malware ▪ November 5, 2014
Update: Apple confirmed the security issue in a statement provided to iMore. Apple has also revoked the certificate to prevent the apps from being installed on new devices.
The New York Times reports that a security firm called Palo Alto Networks has uncovered a new form of Apple-focused malware that is capable of infecting non-jailbroken iOS devices. Typically when such software pops up, as it does from time to time, one of the key factors that allows the malicious code to run on iOS is whether the device is jailbroken. The new “WireLurker” malware, however, is installed on the mobile device over USB by an infected Mac.
These infected Mac apps are reportedly coming from the Maiyadi App Store, a third-party software storefront operated in China. Palo Alto Networks says over 400 apps in the store are affected, and have been downloaded over 356,000 times total, potentially resulting in hundreds of thousands of infected devices.
Malware ▪ October 2, 2014