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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your patients and for the help. One more question........In order to down-load "Little Snitch" I have to go on line. Sounds like I will be taking a chance on giving out more of my private data? but this is the chance I have to take, right? What about down-loading it to a memory stick on my other computer and then transferring it to the Mini off line? Will that work?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:39 pm    Post subject: USB Transfer Reply with quote

If you have another Mac that would work.
If you do that with a PC it probably won't
work. Its worth a try though.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:56 pm    Post subject: Shields Up Reply with quote

Shields Up will test your Firewall (your system).
It'll show you how vulnerable you are on line.
Just click the many "proceed" Buttons an off you go.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It sounds like your AOL account was compromised, not your Mac mini. I have no idea how it can be anything other than that as AOL has no way to fix your mini.

Because you are uncertain, I suggest backing up anything on the computer that is important to you. Then restore your computer back to factory condition and reinstall your data.

This is the only FREE way I know for you to guarantee you do not have spyware/malware on your computer.


Your other option is to take it into Apple Authorized service center and have them perform this for you. My shop would charge 1 hr labor. $95. You'll need to inquire with your local service center for their rate.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 4:24 pm    Post subject: How to use ShieldsUP Reply with quote

Do you understand how to use ShieldsUP?


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Again I thank you for your help. I haven't had any time to try out any of your good suggestions due to an unexpected car breakdown and sickness in the family but I will get to it eventually and post the results here.

By the way, thanks for the dope on AOL. What's a better messenger service that will support the Mac iSight camera?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:29 pm    Post subject: Shields Up Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
It sounds like your AOL account was compromised, not your Mac mini. I have no idea how it can be anything other than that as AOL has no way to fix your mini.

Because you are uncertain, I suggest backing up anything on the computer that is important to you. Then restore your computer back to factory condition and reinstall your data.

This is the only FREE way I know for you to guarantee you do not have spyware/malware on your computer.


Your other option is to take it into Apple Authorized service center and have them perform this for you. My shop would charge 1 hr labor. $95. You'll need to inquire with your local service center for their rate.
This a third party application correct? You can use Sophos for the same purpose correct? Thanks
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:23 am    Post subject: Re: Screen Shot Password Reply with quote

billb wrote:
Log into your AOL account and change your
Password to a very strong one. What I do
is create a Password for a web site then I
take a Screen Shot of the filled out Password
Window. Then I title that screen shot for
that web site and drag that capture to my
Documents Folder. That way if I forget a
Password its in my Documents Folder but
isn't recorded anywhere that is hackable.

Bill, what am I missing here, it would appear to me that your screen shot would contain your password if the form of 'X number of asterisks'.
So referring to this screen shot wouldn't help recall what a forgotten password was.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:41 am    Post subject: Screen Shot Reply with quote

The Screen Shot edited down in size
is nothing more than a "photograph"
of your filled out Password Form. Its
saved as a pdf or JPG.

Their isn't anything their thats hackable.
The only way someone can retrieve
your Password is by actually seeing
the Image of your Password and
knowing its an image of your Password
for whatever site its a Password for.

99% of Passwords wil reveil themselves
when you put your cursor on the filled
out Password Field. I take a timed Screen
Shot with my cursor on the Password
Field.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Screen Shot Reply with quote

billb wrote:
99% of Passwords wil reveil themselves
when you put your cursor on the filled
out Password Field. I take a timed Screen
Shot with my cursor on the Password
Field.

Mmm!, none of the forums I visit including this one do this reveal thing, at least not for me.
Mind you I'm glad it doesn't because that would be a major security flaw if you were inputting a password on a public computer like in a Library or even at home with others present.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:44 pm    Post subject: Passwords Revealed Reply with quote

Yep, for me its been very rare for a web site
not to reveal my password while I'm typing
it out. When I finish, I take a Timed Screen Shot
with my cursor in the Password Field and its
exposed.
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