Google Drive: Google’s Version of Cloud Storage

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Google has now launched its own cloud storage service – Google Drive. It’s like DropBox, iCloud, and SkyDrive just made by Google. But if you’re going to look more closely, it’s also Google Docs reorganized that can accept or upload any file types (including EXEs or DMGs). And like other cloud storages, it also creates a folder in your system (once installed) where it syncs your files in the cloud making it available anywhere.

I’ve been using DropBox to host my files and images and they say that Google Drive will be a tough competitor against it. Google’s cloud storage initially offers 5GB of free space. I was able to have my Google Drive activated (on my Google Apps account) and here are some screenshots and things that I wanted to share.

As you can see, “Drive” replaced “Documents” on the Google Apps menu and clicking it will bring you to the somewhat updated Google Docs page. You can create your folders, upload files in them, and share them to other users. You’ll also see a download button to download and install Google Drive. This software will create a folder on your machine and files in that folder will be available on all devices (no iOS yet).

After installing, you’ll be asked to login using your Google account. A Google Drive folder is created in your account folder – “C:\Users\username\Google Drive\” for Windows  and “/Users/username/Google Drive/” on a Mac.

After logging in, you can start syncing your documents from the Web to your local Google Drive folder. You can also share those folders, via the web interface, the way you share your Google Docs.

It’s a good image host. All images used in this post, except the logo, is hosted in my Google Drive. I just wish there’s a “Copy Public link” option for files so I can just give out links for file downloads instead of sharing the whole folder.

Update:

I don’t think it’s a good idea to use Google Drive to host your images and other downloadable files. I got this Error 403 when clicking the images from this post and they were not displayed.

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Mac OS and Malware Issues

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Two new Mac OS malware variants have been discovered as soon as the FlashBack Trojan issue is staring to decline. Discovered by Kaspersky, they are versions of SabPub – an information-stealing Trojan.

Mac OS is starting to get it’s own share of malware attacks now that it has grabbed a big marketshare. But still, Apple continues the won’t-get-infected-by-virus  proposition about the OS. And this is one of the features that PC consumers are anticipating everytime they buy these machines/devices. And that they’re safe from malwares without anything to be done.

Yes it won't get infected by Windows-based viruses.

It’s misleading. Macs won’t really get infected by malwares/viruses that are Windows-based. But they may get infected by those that are made for Macs. Even if those malwares attack third-party softwares (Java, Flash, etc.), it’s just inevitable to install them because they are part of everyday browsing and other computer tasks. Once they’re infected, Mac users would also be exposed to what their Windows counterparts are experiencing, e.g. stolen credentials and the like.

Apple should start educating its consumers about computer security on Macs. There’s nothing wrong on telling your users to install an anti-virus or that they should be extra careful when browsing the web. They should stop this misleading information about a virus-free Mac OS.

Flashback Trojan Removal

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It was reported that more than 650,000 Mac OS X computers were infected by the Flashback Trojan. For now, it only conducts a click fraud scam that takes control of users’ search results in their browsers. But according to this report, it can steal banking and other login credentials.
Flashback Trojan disguises itself as a Flash installer. If you are prompted to install Flash which looks like the image below, abort the installation by clicking the X button on the upper left corner of the window.
If you want to check if your machine is infected, download the removal tool (FlashbackRemoval.zip) from F-Secure. Unzip the file after downloading and double click the unzipped script. You will be asked to accept the license agreement.
If traces of the trojan are found, it will start the clean up process. But if your system is clean, you will be prompted by this:
Apple has already released an update which has an integrated tool for removing the trojan. Always keep your Macs updated. Here’s the screenshot of the update:

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