Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #217: New Scam Emails Purport to Come from NSO Group Hacker

Amazon’s AWS outage causes havoc with the internet; a simple mistake can lock you out of your Google account for 48 hours; and we discuss a new scam email purporting to come from an NSO Group hacker.

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“I am hacker NSO Group,” New Email Scam Leverages Controversial Pegasus Malware

For many years, email scams have circulated suggesting that some remote hacker has installed software on your computer, and has been monitoring your activity, some of which may shame you. In exchange for not exposing you, they ask for payment; some of them say they have photos and videos of you – because the hacker has control of your computer’s camera – and that they will share these with your friends and family.

In one version of the scam, hackers pretended to be from the CIA, and say that there is a case against you for “Distribution and storage of pornographic electronic materials involving underage children.”

There’s a new one making the rounds, and I received an email a few days ago.

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.

Scrivener and Microsoft Word: Importing & Exporting

You may need to import or export documents in Microsoft Word format to your Scrivener project. Here’s how.

Scrivener is the ideal tool for long-form writing, and you can build projects and compile them to many formats, from RTF and PDF to ebook formats that you can upload to online retailers. But many Scrivener users may need to export to Microsoft Word’s .docx format to send their projects to colleagues, agents, or editors, and you can save your project in that format if you need to. You may also need to import Microsoft Word documents to your projects, and you may want to split them so their different sections show up individually in the Binder.

In this article, I’m going to tell you how to work with Microsoft Word documents and Scrivener.

Read the rest of the article on The L&L Blog.

To learn how to use Scrivener for Mac, Windows, and iOS, check out my book Take Control of Scrivener 3.

The Next Track, Episode #225 – Our Christmas Gift Guide

We don’t do a Christmas gift guide every year, but we decided we’d select some trinkets and tchotchkes that we’d recommend as gifts this year. Our only constraint was that we don’t choose music.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #216: The Problem with Default Passwords

The UK is mulling a bill to prohibit default passwords; the admin/admin that is often set by default on internet-connected devices. This would be a good thing, but there are drawbacks. We also discuss how Apple takes the lead in smartphone sales in China, and an upgrade program for Mac laptops.

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PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 106: PhotoActive 2021 Gift Guide

When they set out to produce a gift guide—the first one in three years—Kirk and Jeff chose items that really reflect how they approach photography, and items that hopefully aren’t on every other photo gift guide out there. This episode covers a gamut of price ranges and interests, so something is sure to appeal to you as the giver or the receiver this holiday.

Find out more, and subscribe to the podcast, at the PhotoActive website. You can follow The PhotoActive on Twitter at @PhotoActiveCast to keep up to date with new episodes, and join our Facebook group to chat with other listeners and participate in photo challenges and more.

The Zen of Everything Podcast, Episode 62: Buddhisms

Jundo and Kirk talk about the various flavors of Buddhism. They are not all the same, and we discuss the differences between the various schools that have changed over the centuries.

Find out more, including show notes for each episode, at the Zen of Everything website and at Treeleaf Zendo.

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #215: Apple Sues NSO Group for Pegasus Spyware

Apple has filed a lawsuit against NSO Group, the creator of Pegasus spyware, that has targeted politicians, journalists, and activists. We discuss this surprising lawsuit and what it means for Apple users and security.

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The Next Track, Episode #223 – Culling Cruft

Doug and Kirk both have large music libraries. They discuss some of the problems of having too much music, and how to wrangle a large library of music files.

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Outlining with the Scrivener Binder

Scrivener’s Binder is where you organize your projects, in folders and files, and this is reflected in the app’s dedicated Outline view. Many people like working in Outline view, because it’s a familiar way to view the elements of their projects. But you can also use the Binder to create an outline and rearrange it, and, in some cases, this is more powerful and flexible than the Outline view.

Scrivener is very different from other text editors or word processors; instead of working in monolithic files, your project can be split up into bits as long or as short as you want. (In practice, you probably don’t want snippets shorter than one paragraph.) Because of this, it’s easy to rearrange your project in the Binder.
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In this article, I’m going to discuss how you can use the Binder as an outline, and when you might want to do this.

Read the rest of the article on The L&L Blog.

To learn how to use Scrivener for Mac, Windows, and iOS, check out my book Take Control of Scrivener 3.