Posts Tagged ‘MacBook’

Consider this a general tip: The Mac App Store won’t update third-party applications that you’ve bought elsewhere, despite recognizing that they are installed.

It will tell you if software you acquire through the store is updated, but existing installs from outside the store won’t be noted in this way.

“The Mac App Store may show software bought from us previously as ‘Installed’ even though they’re two different licenses,” said Pixelmator developer Cable Sasser as reported by Mac User. “You will not get Mac App Store auto-updates unless you purchase from the Mac App Store.”

The solution? Pixelmator will give the next version of its software out for free, in order to bring all customers in line with the Mac App Store system and future easy upgrades, as there isn’t a way to transition Mac Apps to the App Store for free yet.

BareBones Software had to remove features from BBEdit and TextWranger in order to comply with App Store rules — meaning apps sold via the store are different builds than those sold externally — this likely explains the update problem.

For the present the answer to the question: “If I bought your App already can I update it through the Mac App Store?” is encapsulated in the graphic above and also from this website.

Intego, a leading security software provider for Mac, has discovered a spyware application that is installed by a number of freely distributed Mac applications and screen savers found on a variety of websites.

This spyware, OSX/OpinionSpy, performs a number of malicious actions, from scanning files to recording user activity, as well as sending information about this activity to remote servers and opening a backdoor on infected Macs.

OSX/OpinionSpy is installed by a number of applications and screen savers that are distributed on sites such as MacUpdate, VersionTracker and Softpedia. The spyware itself is not contained in these applications, but is downloaded during the installation process. This shows the need for an up-to-date anti-malware software with a real-time scanner that can detect this malware when it is downloaded by the original application’s installer.

This application that purports to collect information for marketing reasons does much more, going as far as scanning all the files on an infected Mac. Users have no way of knowing exactly what data is collected and sent to remote servers; such data may include user names, passwords, credit card numbers and more. The risk of this data being collected and used without users’ permission makes this spyware particularly dangerous to users’ privacy.

The fact that this application collects data in this manner, and that it opens a backdoor, makes it a very serious security threat for Mac computers, feels Intego.