Monday, December 5, 2016

Are Macs safer than Windows? Ans: A resounding NO

You would be amazed at how many people and Apple Store representative perpetuate this myth and are giving erroneous customer advice - mainly 

"Mac's don't need an anti-virus solution" 💣. EPIC FAIL 💀

Let's kill that misinformation, for good.

According to our friends at Security Vulnerability Database,

In 2015, Mac OS X had 444 vulnerabilities versus Windows 8.1 which had 151 (see chart below).

Mac OS X has nearly 3x times the number of vulnerabilities of any version of Windows!

Mac OS X has nearly 2x times the number of vulnerabilities of Ubuntu Linux!

So suck it Mac heads, you are not safe. You simply benefit from hacker laziness, not being attacked as much because Mac has about 10% of desktop market vs Windows 90% (in 2016).

Conclusion: Macs have less attacks currently, but you are more vulnerable. 

Call to Action: Mac users need to get an anti-virus solution. I recommend Kapersky.

From Security Vulnerability Database at

RankProduct NameVendor NameProduct TypeNumber of Vulnerabilities
1Mac Os XAppleOS444
2Iphone OsAppleOS387
3Flash PlayerAdobeApplication329
4Ubuntu LinuxCanonicalOS259
5Air SdkAdobeApplication259
7Air Sdk & CompilerAdobeApplication259
9Internet ExplorerMicrosoftApplication231
10Debian LinuxDebianOS230
14Windows Server 2012MicrosoftOS155
15Windows 8.1MicrosoftOS151
16Windows Server 2008MicrosoftOS150
17Windows 7MicrosoftOS147
18Windows 8MicrosoftOS146
19Windows Rt 8.1MicrosoftOS139
20Windows RtMicrosoftOS138
21Windows VistaMicrosoftOS136
24Acrobat ReaderAdobeApplication130
28Acrobat Reader DcAdobeApplication97
29Acrobat DcAdobeApplication97
30Firefox EsrMozillaApplication95
32Linux KernelLinuxOS86
36Enterprise Linux ServerRedhatOS71
37Fusion MiddlewareOracleApplication68
38Enterprise Linux WorkstationRedhatOS68
39Enterprise Linux DesktopRedhatOS68
40Enterprise Linux Hpc NodeRedhatOS67
41Apple TvAppleApplication57
42Windows 10MicrosoftOS53
43Apple TvAppleOS52
44Enterprise Linux Workstation SupplementaryRedhatOS52
45Enterprise Linux Desktop SupplementaryRedhatOS52
46Enterprise LinuxRedhatOS52
47Suse Linux Enterprise DesktopNovellOS51
48Enterprise Linux Server Supplementary EusRedhatOS50
49Enterprise Linux Server SupplementaryRedhatOS49
50Enterprise Linux Server EusRedhatOS47

Chrome: Adobe Flash pop-up plug-in warning

Don't worry your're webpage isn't broken, it's just old.

This is indicating that Adobe Flash Player has been blocked on this site, and gives you options to deal with it.

Google Chrome is trying disabling it by default to protect against unwanted and potentially malicious content. This because like most Adobe products, it's poorly written and Adobe Flash, AIR and  Adobe Acrobat (PDF reader) have accounted for the largest proportion (2 orders of magnitude!) of vulnerabilities for hacks!

Chrome will now block nearly every website would have Flash content blocked by default. Visitors would still be able to enable Flash content on a site-by-site basis, but they would have to specifically choose to do so. Chrome would display a prompt offering to enable Flash; if chosen, Chrome would remember to run Flash on that site for all future visits.

Going forward, Chrome won't simply be blocking Flash  it'll be pretending like Flash isn't even installed. So if a website has a backup HTML5 player, people using Chrome will see that, rather than a prompt to enable Flash.

Google began enabling Flash blocking on a very limited scale a year ago, when it started "intelligently" pausing unnecessary content as a way to preserve battery life. That's the default setting right now; this plan pushing things much further.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

MSDN Magazine authentic articles and free source code

MSDN Magazine has a long and great tradition of professional writing bringing authentic, groundbreaking in-depth technological articles. A fountain of knowledge that is well curated l highly recommend it to IT folks to read. Hence this post, a sort of homage too MSDN Magazine an underappreciated resource (in my Hubble opinion).

For those who don't know MSDN Magazine available online and to download in PDF format since 2003.  To maximize learning, each monthly magazine comes with free source code! I don't see other major competitive company doing this! Koodoos MS!

MSDN Magazine issues are available at

Prior to 2002, the magazines origin was
Microsoft Systems Journal which was the 1st programming publication from Microsoft. Predating the Windows Operating System, MSJ covered MS-DOS internals beginning in 1986. It progressed to cover the workings of Windows so that programmers could write applications for the then-new operating system. MSJ saw the evolution from MS-DOS to Windows 1.0, all the way up to Windows 2000 before merging with Microsoft Internet Developer to form MSDN Magazine in March 2000.

  Sample MSDN Magazine - September 2016 embedded below. 

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