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5 Quick Tips To Protect Your Mac From Flashback Trojan

by Hamza Tariq - on Apr 8th 2012 - No Comments

The recent massive attack of a popular Flashback Trojan on the Mac OS system, definitely brought a lot of attention from the users and IT administrators who are actively working all the nights to protect their data from being stolen or hacked. The recent attack on Mac OS totally shocks the world with its massive number of infected Mac OS running machines, but still the Mac OS  is believed to be the most securest operating system, as the malware tries to enter in the Mac OS using some third party tools vulnerabilities, such as a loophole in Java Environment that allows its developer to land their nasty tool on user’s machine without any kind of hustle.


However, the security firms and researchers are already working on different aspects to stop this attack on the Mac OS X running systems, moreover; Apple has also released two or more security updates to Java Runtime for Mac running machines. Well, there are few quick methods that will help you in protecting your Mac machines from any kind of malware, virus, and flashback like trojans.

 

5 Quick Tips To Keep Safe Your Mac From Flashback Trojan:

1- Disable Java On Mac:

Most of the malware and Trojan programs make their entry on securest platform using third party Java security breaches, which are available on the internet freely to crack the users system. Apple has been already working to patch these vulnerabilities in the Java Platform to re-gain its value in the market. But at the moment, you can stay safe with your machine connected with the internet by disabling the Java runtime use on the operating system. The Java runtime is embedded little programs of Mac OS, and the users who do not update their Java runtime with new updates, are openly available to the Trojan to attack on their data. We would first recommend you to update your Java runtime machine, and then try to block the usage of Java runtime on the internet.
2 – Disable Adobe Flash Plugin On Mac OS:

Including, Java Runtime platform, the Adobe’s flash platform is also famous for delivering a number of viruses to different platforms. It is highly recommended to keep an eye on flash content on your device, as most of the hackers are using Flash to deliver their dangerous codes to your devices. Flash plugin for Mac OS is also not worth utility, as it is open to all for custom modifications.

3 – Disable Automatic File Opening After Downloading In Safari:
Some intelligent viruses and malwares still use the old-fashioned trick to land on users device by downloading a malicious software through the internet on Safari, and then downloads itself on the machine. By default, the Safari browser has settings to immediately open everything right after completing the downloading process.   So, it is still advised to turn off automatic file opening in Safari.

4 – Install Anti-Virus Program For Mac OS X:

Finally, the Mac OS users now required to have an anti-virus program installed on their machines, as flashback and other malware exploits have started targeting Apple’s Mac OS, after a long time. It is highly advised you to equip your Mac machine with the latest and updated Mac OS Antivirus. There are several anti-virus programs are available in the market to achieve the same goal.

Extra Tips To Protect Mac OS Running Machine From Viruses, Malwares, and Trojans:

Disable or Remove Adobe Acrobat Reader
Use some Flash block plugin to clutter down low-graded links
Don’t install third-party random softwares, u ntil you won’t confirm the legality of the program.

How To Find & Remove Flashback Trojan On Mac OS

by Hamza Tariq - on Apr 6th 2012 - No Comments

Different kind of viruses and Trojans are making their ways to Mac OS X users these days, the whole scenario begun with the return of famous Flashback Trojan on Mac OS X system that uses the intelligent protocols to hide itself from the Apple’s designed security systems and to attack the Mac OS X running machines using advanced skills to make a fool most of the users. According to the reports, the Flashback Trojan is already landed on more than half-million Mac OS X running machines, which appears to be a big crackdown of Apple’s OS X security. Apple claims several times in front of media to provide the most securest operating system in the world, and so far, they have done what they have advertised, but now with this new Flashback Trojan it appears things are changing now.

 

The reports suggest there are hundreds of different flashback Trojan affected machines connected with the internet, which are currently broadcasting users different secure information to the hackers, and would be also used to initiate several kinds of little attacks regarding different services.  However, the Trojan makes it a way to the OS X through the exploit able less-secure Java Runtime platform, which indirectly allows malware to download its threads from the internet, and use it to obtain secret information from the Mac OS X running machines.

Well, the Apple has already seeded an update to Java Runtime for Mac OS X to sort out the loop hole in Java platform which actually allowed hackers to gain access over the browsers, and help Flashback in spoofing Apple Security system. To solve the issue, all you have to do is update your Java Runtime to kill the roots of the exploit, and then Apple will handle the exploit with its security program over Mac OS X Machines.

 

How To Check Flashback Trojan On Your Mac:

Many readers ask us, how to test their Mac machines for the flashback Trojan, and now finally after research. We have found out a quick method to check the existence of flashback on your machine.

    • Launch Terminal (found in /Applications/Utilities/) and enter the following commands:

defaults read /Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Info LSEnvironment

    • If you see a message like “The domain/default pair of (/Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Info, LSEnvironment) does not exist” proceed to the next defaults write command:

defaults read ~/.MacOSX/environment DYLD_INSERT_LIBRARIES

  • If you see a message similar to “The domain/default pair of (/Users/joe/.MacOSX/environment, DYLD_INSERT_LIBRARIES) does not exist” thenthe Mac is NOT infected.

How To Remove Flashback Trojan From Mac OS:

However, while scanning the flashback on your Mac machine, if you got any default response from Terminal, then it means that your device is infected. In that situation, you have to follow the F-Secure guide on how to remove the Flashback Trojan from your Mac OS running Macbook Pro, iMac, Macbook Air.

How To “View Source” Of Any Web Page On iPhone / iPad [Video]

by Hamza Tariq - on Apr 1st 2012 - No Comments

These days, tablets are overtaking the notebook devices due to their slim and hand carrying designs with ultimate features, and no doubt Apple’s iPad is one of the best tablets, which is currently famous for its powerful features and design among the users, and many companies and individuals are getting the new iPad devices to enrich their online experience and enjoy its feature while an offline mode. However, it is reported that iPad is also contributing a large number of online traffic, and many users, including me also uses my iPad device to browse to internet. Being a blogger, and webmaster, I actually love to use it, especially when I am unable to sit in front of my workstation.

How To View Source On iPhone / iPad
Well, the iPad is not only for corporate use, kids and many other kinds of users are using it to fill up their time, and many web developers use it to make their content available on iPad devices, as they are overtaking the computer devices throughout the world. On computer browsers, many of us are used to view the source of webpage to analyze the code behind the beautiful encoded web-page, but have ever wanted to view source of a webpage on your iPad or any other iOS device? Sadly, the mobile Safari browser is not capable to bring the source code of webpage, as Apple didn’t include the feature in Safari, but no doubt, the desktop version of Safari includes this feature, but what would we do know, if we wanted to view source?

Not a big problem! You can achieve this goal, using a simple java-script trick with custom bookmark on your iPhone / iPad. With the use of custom bookmark and java-script trick, you can view source of any web page on your iPhone / iPad by simply clicking the bookmark button the specific page. The cool trick comes from Michelsen.dk, and here’s how to configure your device to get a view source of a web page:

  1. Bookmark any page on your device (or this page) on your Mobile Safari, and while bookmarking the webpage, name it “View Source”
  2. Now, head over to the real java-script code by visiting this page, and on next page select the code by tapping on code and copy the entire java script code.
  3. Once you done with java-script code, tap on the Bookmark icon at Safari browser, and then tap on “Edit”, now look for your saved earlier step 1 bookmark named “View Source”
  4. After opening the earlier saved “View Source” in editing panel, replace the URL of bookmark with the java-script code and save the bookmark, by tapping “Done”

That’s it! Now you can view source of any webpage on your Mobile Safari, using this custom bookmark. To view source of any page, simply open a webpage, and press the “View Source” bookmark button. It will automatically bring you the source code of a webpage.

 

 

Make Your iPhone Useful Without iPhone 4 04.11.08 Baseband Unlock

by Daudi - on Feb 8th 2012 - No Comments

The world is moving fast, so is the Jailbreak world is also making progress day by day. Whenever there is a new iOS released, the Jailbreak for that iOS is released after some time. The time duration can go to months and not years. It can take about 3-4 months for the jailbreak to arrive for a new iOS. If we talk about the Unlock, so it has been more than a year since we last saw the Unlock for iPhone 4 on baseband 1.59.00.

As per today, still there is no unlocking for the iPhone 4 on old and new basebands. In past the teams have shown many proofs and showed us some great hopes regarding unlock for iPhone 4 new basebands. Still now one has come up with an unlock other than GEVEY people. Till now there is no official unlock for the iPhone 4.

GEVEY is a SIM interposer that unlocks the iPhone 4 baseband by bypassing some hardware changes in the iPhone. After losing hope in the Dev-Team, GEVEY People showed a new hope with a working proof. Today those of who you are locked on iPhone 4 old basebands will be using GEVEY SIM for sure. Still you people require an official Unlock.

No official words have been said on the official unlock so far, but Apple have said the locked users “Bye-Bye” regarding the Unlock. Apple has patched the GEVEY SIM hole in iOS 5.0 with a new baseband 4.11.08, which made the phone, locked back once again and users cannot unlock it so far. That was a nice move by Apple to stop unlock.

Apple might be celebrating its success for the new baseband when we came across new news that people over GEVEY are working on the Unlock for the 4.11.08 baseband on iOS 5.0. They believe that the unlock will be ported in the next release of GEVEY SIM which will be GEVEY 2. If you are one of the unfortunate people who got their iPhone 4 on new baseband 4.11.08 or updated their iPhone on iOS 5.x.x and got the new baseband can wait a little more for the Unlock by GEVEY People.

Now what to do with your locked iPhone 4? You cannot just power it off and put it in the cupboard, drawers or in the box and wait for unlock. You can still use your locked iPhone 4 on iOS 5 with baseband 4.11.08 to make calls, do SMS and much more. You can enjoy your iPhone more without unlock. We have summed up few Apps/Tweaks, which will make you use your locked iPhone 4 in a new way.

Following Are The Things Which Help You On Locked iPhone 4 Baseband:

Before we proceed on you should be on iOS 5.0.x because it has got a lot to use and got new features. If you aren’t on iOS 5.x.x and want to update, so follow the guide of Redns0w or Sn0wbreeze and update your iPhone 4 to iOS 5.x.x now.

Jailbreak:

Every new user of iDevices wants to Jailbreak his/her iDevice the moment he/she has purchased it. It simply allows them to access he 3rd party Apps and allow to use such functions which are not yet released or introduced by Apple or Apple don’t want its user to have them. This is a must thing to do to your iPhone 4 which locked or Unlocked.

 

App Store Applications:

 

WhatsApp:

WhatsApp is not any new App. Many of you must be aware of this App, which is present on iOS, Android, BBM and other platforms also. This Apple simply allows you to communicate with each other by sending photos, videos, location, and calling each other for free over the Internet.

Even if you got a locked iPhone 4, you can still use it to make calls via WhatsApp and do messages to kill time for the wait of the Unlock.The cost of WhatsApp is $0.99 in the AppStore. The App sometimes goes free for a limited time after some months.

 

The Third App is Social Apps.

Social Apps are the most important Apps to have on your locked iPhone because they are the best way to kill your time. Some of the useful social Apps for the locked iPhone are Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. These are some of the most used and famous Apps recommended by us and people all around the world.

 

These Apps are free and can be downloaded from the AppStore.

Skype

Another useful App for the locked iPhone 4 is Skype. This is also not any new App. Every one must be aware of this App and must be using this App in their daily life. We might not be aware of the importance of this App. By the help of Skype, we can connect with our buddies every-time and at any place we are.

Skype is also available for free of cost at the AppStore.

 

Cydia Tweaks:

MusicBanners

This tweak simply allows you have a cool look of your iPhone by allowing you to have a notification banner on your screen when ever a new song is played on your iPhone .The tweak is available for free in Cydia.

 

Zeppelin

Zeppelin is the Tweak, which allows you have custom logos as a replacement of your carrier name. You can add custom logos provided by the developer on your top status bar and change the look of your iPhone.

Animate

Animate is the Tweak, which allows you to have custom boot logos on your iPhone and change the way your iPhone used to boot. This Tweak got updated to support iOS 5. So you can download this Tweak and enjoy the custom boot logos from Cydia.

That’s not all for those whoa re waiting for unlock of baseband 4.11.08 more is coming soon. This is not necessary that people who are locked on iPhone 4 can use these; any one owning and iOS Device with iOS 5 can use all of the above Tweaks and Apps.

 

 

via [HowToArena]

How to Install Cydia 1.1.4 on Older Devices (Guide)

by Daudi - on Jan 24th 2012 - No Comments

After the release of Untethered jailbreak for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 on iOS 5.0.1, we got a new version of Cydia like always. This time we got a new and a fast version of Cydia 1.1.4. In the previous untethered Jailbreak of Redsn0w 0.9.10b4 for all A4 devices and below we had Cydia 1.1.3. We all know that the tool, Absinthe performs the Untethered Jailbreak on iPhone 4S and iPad 2 without going into DFU mode. It simply puts the device into the restore mode and the work is done.

The Untethered jailbreak for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 by Absinthe is one click. This new Untethered jailbreak brought us a new Cydia which we cannot have on older Devices because there is no bootrom level exploit found so far by the Dream Team for iPhone 4S and iPad 2. Due to no Bootrom Level Exploit, the Untethered jailbreak Exploit for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 cannot be ported to tools like Redsn0w, PWNAGE Tool, and Sn0wbreeze so far. They might come up with something real soon.

Those who own and iPhone 4S and iPad 2 are very happy to get Cydia 1.1.4 on their Devices after the Untethered Jailbreak. Those of who you are on iPhone 4 and below waiting for an update of the tools to get new Cydia 1.1.4 won’t have to wait any more now. Now you can also get Cydia 1.1.4 on your iDevice right away.

Before we proceed on, you must have some basic knowledge of SSH into your iDevice or you must know how to use iFunbox (Windows), Cyberduck (MAC) and iFile (iDevices).

Steps to Follow:

Step 1:

You must be Jailbroken on your iDevice. Once you are done Jailbreaking then download and install iFile from Cydia.

Step 2:

Open iFunbox (Windows), Cyberduck (MAC OS X) and connect your iDevice into PC/MAC.

Step 3:

Once your iDevice is connected, see for RAW FILE SYSTEM in iFunbox under your iPhone name.

Step 4:

Now download Cydia 1.1.4 from here. After you have downloaded Cydia 1.1.4, then place it into Root on iFunbox.

Step 5:

After copying Cydia 1.1.4 in IFunbox, now pick your iDevice and open iFile. When you will open iFile, simply navigate to that location where you putted Cydia 1.1.4 and install it.

Step 6:

Once the installation is done. Simply reboot our iDevice and you will have Cydia 1.1.4 up on your iDevice.

If you are facing any difficulties using this guide, so you can add this “cydia.myrepocpace.com/darsn0w” repo and install the new Cydia from there.

Thanks to Brian Dardha for the file and quick heads up.

iTools Lets You Check Your Operator For Free With New Features

by Daudi - on Jan 18th 2012 - No Comments

People who own an Apple’s iDevice are trouble in every time regarding the information of their iDevice. Most of them they don’t know about their iPhone’s that it is locked or unlocked, which carrier is it locked on, where was it issued and so many issues. You can know all about this only by contacting the person from whom you bought the iPhone. If that person also doesn’t knows about the details of the iPhone which he sold you, you are now help less and must be wondering about where to know about this iPhone.

Some how you manage to get some information by paying for it on different websites. Those websites only allow you get the name of the carrier for some heavy charge and tells you about the carrier name, it is locked on and the expiry date of it.

Today, we came across a new tool called iTool that allows you to perform many things with just one click. With this iTool, you can simply check your carrier information. You can check the iPhone operator on which it is locked/ unlocked on and in which country your iPhone was issued. It can also tell you about the model, color, IMEI, UDID, and much more about your iPhone.

This iTool is also a perfect substitute of iTunes. This tool also allows you to install Apps, Add music, Photos, transfer media, and much more.

You can see the iPhone i got is an iPhone 4S, White color and it is Factory Unlocked. The iPhone was purchased from USA.

Now to check your operator all you need to do it simply go to view details and it will show you like this:

iTools can also show you the date when your iPhone was purchased, when it was started up, when the warranty started, when it will be ending, and what is the region of your iPhone. After knowing the region of your iPhone, it is easy for you to know about on which carrier is your iPhone is locked.

A part from all of these services, it also allows you to manage your Apps, Media, iBooks, Contacts, and the root access for the Jailbroken iDevices. You can install Apps, backup Apps, and delete Apps in the Application section of iTools.

This iTools is simply amazing and worth it to download. The only problem is that this tool is made for Windows so far. This tool is not supported for MAC OS X users.

You can download iTools for Windows from below:

Download iTools for Windows