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It’s no secret that Apple products are prone to viruses and hackers just like Microsoft and Android, however unlike the other two, Apple generally does little to nothing in alerting its device/OS users of any system risks, viruses, malware vulnerabilities or attacks, even leaving it many months before creating a patch.
If you are a Mac or iPhone user and you are wondering why you keep getting pop-ups on your device unlike your friends using alternative operating systems, then it’s simply because of this lake of protection, you likely have adware installed on your device from having visited an infected website.
So it shouldn’t surprise you that only a couple of weeks ago a new malware named Silver Sparrow was found to be affecting at least 30,000 Apple Macs. The malware which went undetected for quite some time has left Apple’s security experts scratching their heads as to what the purpose of it is for, other than delivering a PayLoad and quite possibly at a time when a certain number of devices are connected, it certainly doesn’t instil one with confidence.
Tony Lambert a Researcher for Red Canary said:
“Though we haven’t observed Silver Sparrow delivering additional malicious payloads yet, its forward-looking M1 chip compatibility, global reach, relatively high infection rate, and operational maturity suggest Silver Sparrow is a reasonably serious threat, uniquely positioned to deliver a potentially impactful payload at a moment’s notice.”
Is Facebook’s Virtual World Still a Reality?
You certainly don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work out that Facebook is predominantly an entertainment tool from both a personal and business perspective, therefore it made sense for them to have gotten involved in VR.
You may well recollect that back in March 2014 Facebook bought the Kickstarter success Oculus from the then four Californian based founders. However though fairly popular a device it wasn’t thought to necessarily set the world alight and therefore you wouldn’t have thought it would become one of the fastest growing areas within Facebook’s business. Well did and it has! In fact as of last night (11 march 2021) it was reported that almost 1 in 5 of Facebook’s 58,604 employees are now working on VA and AR alone.
If the above speed in direction is anything to go by it won’t be too long before VR and AR form a very integral part of our everyday lives inside and outside the home as well as in the office.
As long as they’re not looking to insert a chip into the brain like with Elon Musk’s Neuralink, then I can safely say we shouldn’t have too much to worry about with this upcoming technology.
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