Before this post gets strange, I’d like to point out that Bear is an awesome product. Perhaps the best feature is that it allows you to import notes from other commonly used apps, and it does so well. The reasons this is such a great feature is that it helps people compare Bear to other apps, something that is difficult do until this type of app has enough user created content to assess all its features. I repeat, Bear is great as is Apple for making the best products on the market. The issue I point out below did not detract from my five star rating, but it will hopefully save some users from pointless worry when they turn off the lights that their computer has been hacked.
Now, the weird part:
For reasons unknown, I made the mistake of taking a look at the installation logs using the system information tool, to determine when I installed an app, and found that one out of 98 apps on the computer for some reason was labeled “베어”. Turns out, the app was bear, which was installed simultaneously with several other apps from the App Store, none of which use Korean names. I checked the actual installation logs in console and it’s bit more disturbing because everything about the app’s installation looks fine but for the one line that refers to it by name in Korean instead of English. I’m not an expert on Apple computers or Bear, but I have enough of a background using Macs to know that they can occasionally display dates in odd languages and it’s not a big deal. You simply make the change in System Preferences and wonder whether it’s time to get some sleep. Apple products are the best and I have no doubt that Bear is a great program. Sadly, I read the articles about malware (note I did not use the term “virus”), because I found out too late that ignorance is bliss when it comes to a problem you can’t beat. There are articles about North Korean hacks all the time that I know do not apply to this problem, which is the reason I’m taking the time to write this review, for the benefit of anyone else who comes across this oddity. I hope the explanation does not imply that it is an issue with how I have configured this computer since it is the same on each of the computers I installed it on regardless of the date, etc. Nothing I did caused this, nor did any third party software, or choice of language setting in preferences. I see that the app is offered on the Korean App Store and that that the U.S. site mentions Bear’s compatibility with Korean, but that does not explain this issue. Hopefully, this will be posted with the reviews since it is meant to provide feedback for other users' benefit as opposed to a question I should address directly with the developer or Apple. If it will help, I can provide logs. This isn’t the support community so please don’t treat it like a support community post, e.g., requesting I load Etrecheck. This is a common problem I now know.