Laptop security, inside High Sierra, trillion-dollar Apple, more banks, Mac startup disc, YouTube video downloader, printer drivers updated


Laptops hold more sensitive data, but are less protected than smartphones — AlertSec, a cloud-based encryption company, has announced results of a new cybersecurity survey revealing that laptops, though they usually contain more sensitive and personal data than smartphones, are less frequently encrypted than other mobile devices.
AlertSec surveyed more than 800 US-based consumers [note: that’s a tiny sample] to learn about the current state of laptop versus smartphone and mobile device encryption, as well as to explore the various cybersecurity risks that users may be exposed to and how much they know about their own personal computer security preparedness.

First macOS High Sierra public beta delivers new features, enhancements — Apple recently released the first public beta of the latest Mac operating system, macOS High Sierra, giving customers the chance to preview the next-generation OS prior to its launch this fall. Like any major OS update, High Sierra focuses on resolving pain points from previous versions while adding a few new features to keep things fresh. For example, Safari is 15 to 20% faster across the board and Safari’s Javascript engine in High sierra is much faster. Accursed autoplay videos (mostly) killed.

Analyst reckons Apple to become a trillion dollar company within 12 months — Wall Street analyst Brian White thinks Apple will become a trillion dollar company within 12 months as it’s one of the “most underappreciated stocks in the world.”

Over 20 financial institutions in the US, Europe add support for Apple Pay — Apple added another 22 banks and credit unions to its roster of Apple Pay-supporting institutions in the United States, with the new additions to the collection joined by a number of European institutions. [I’ve used it only twice; I clearly need to read this again.]

How to create an external Mac startup disk for macOS Sierra — If you install the Mac operating system on an external hard drive, thumb drive, or other storage device, your Mac can start up from that device instead of your built-in startup disk. This lets you use another device to troubleshoot, and hopefully fix, your Mac.
First, make sure that your storage device is properly formatted …

Softorino YouTube Converter 2 makes quick work of downloading and converting online content — It’s great to watch videos on services like YouTube and Vimeo, or listen to music online…but what if you want to either keep some of that content locally or download it to your favorite Mac or iOS device for travel? That’s the idea behind Softorino YouTube Converter 2 (US$19.95 for lifetime single license), a new version of the classic YouTube downloader that is even easier and faster to use.

Apple updates Mac printer drivers for Canon, Epson, Brother, Lexmark — Apple released updated macOS printer drivers for Canon, Epson, Brother, and Lexmark last week. The release notes for all five releases (there are two releases for Canon) list no specifics and simply describe themselves as the “latest” drivers for their respective versions of OS X/macOS.

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