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[17 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 1,041 views]

In spite Adobe’s intentions and, one must assume, best efforts, Flash has become irrevocably tainted, fundamentally untrustable. It’s time remove Flash from your Mac, permanently — here’s how to remove Flash.
In the wake of the Hacking Team security revelations — …

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[4 Jul 2015 | 2 Comments | 24 views]

With the arrival of OS X El Capitan for testing, Google Chrome started crashing. So, Firefox is once again my second browser and the most recent whole number update, Firefox 39, brings important new features.
• Firefox 39 (download)
— Share Hello …

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[1 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 28 views]

Good news OS X Mavericks and Mountain Lion users, Apple has a security update for you. Bad news OS X Lion and earlier users, Apple no longer produces security updates for “ancient ones.”
• Security Update 2015-005 Mavericks (download)
— Security Update …

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[13 May 2015 | 4 Comments | 49 views]

Everybody has bad days — hair, coffee, software, you name it. Companies have bad days, too. Microsoft’s buggy Office 14.5.0 Security Update, which can render Outlook unusable, is exemplary of the shared nature of bad days.
First things first, however. You …

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[8 May 2015 | 3 Comments | 27 views]

Mac market share has hit historic highs around the world — Mac sales are up, up, up! Naturally, this has attracted the unwanted attention of criminal hackers — you really should be running a Mac antivirus app to help protect …

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[7 May 2015 | No Comment | 50 views]

If your Mac is running OS X Yosemite, Mavericks and/or Mountain Lion, then you need to download Apple’s latest Safari 8.0.6, Safari 7.1.6 and/or Safari 6.2.6 Update, respectively. Why? Because Mac security is serious business.
Here’s a look at the Safari …

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[18 Mar 2015 | No Comment | 714 views]

Safari 8.0.4 is here and, in addition to the usual bunch of stability improvements and bug fixes, there are security patches. There is also Safari 7.1.4 (Mavericks) and Safari 6.2.4 (Mountain Lion), which deliver the same stuffs.
Security Content: Safari 8.0.4, …

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[26 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 570 views]

ClamXav 2.7.1 shipped last week and was quickly superseded by v2.7.2. Now, Mark Allen et al are back with ClamXav 2.7.3, which ties up a number of loss ends and issues. So, if you’re the “set it and forget it” …

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[26 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 862 views]

Blah, blah, blah… Adobe Flash Player security is a black hole of malware malaise and hacker attack vectors… blah, blah, blah. Last week’s well publicized Flash Player 16.0.0.287 has already been superseded by Flash Player 16.0.0.296, which (as of this …

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[26 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 920 views]

Live by the sword, die by the sword. Google Project Zero is all about identifying, reporting and then publicizing zero day exploits. Their most recent target is Apple’s OS X desktop operating system, though the vulnerabilities and exploits posted aren’t …

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[22 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 894 views]

Yesterday, we noticed that the Mac App Store version of ClamXav hadn’t been updated since July of last year. Obviously, that didn’t seem right, so we posted a question on the ClamXav support forums, asking for clarification.
And, happily, we got …

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[21 Jan 2015 | 3 Comments | 1,335 views]

A workaday update for ClamXav, including an updated engine, scheduler fix and fixes for a number of Sentry-specific issues. However, the Mac App Store version of ClamXav hasn’t been updated since July 2014.
• ClamXav 2.7.1 (download)
— Updates engine to …

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[23 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 1,171 views]

Surely, this is just a coincidence? Perhaps, but never call me Shirley. On the heels of yesterday’s first-ever silent Mac security update from Apple comes ClamXav 2.7. This significant point update includes the latest ClamAV engine, as well as a …

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[23 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 1,068 views]

Mac security, we used to take you for granted! Last Friday, December 19, the US government issued an alert about a security problem uncovered in a Carnegie Mellon University bulletin. And, well, here is the result — Apple has delivered …

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[5 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 1,177 views]

According to Emil Kvarnhammar with Swedish security firm Truesec, Rootpipe is a privilege escalation vulnerability. So, without user cooperation or without knowing the user’s password, an attacker can take over an unprotected Mac using Rootpipe.
“It all started when I was …