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iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Security »

[26 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 0 views]

On Monday, California mandated that all smartphones ship with a killswitch installed and turned on by default. That’s very nice, but not as nice as Apple’s iPhone killswitch.
For example every iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 7, which as …

Mac, Security »

[14 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 0 views]

Have you visited any maliciously crafted websites lately and would you know if you had? Likely not. That said, Apple has browser security updates available for OS X 10.7.5 Lion, OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion and OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks.

Mac, Security »

[3 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 0 views]

The sky is not falling, but a little prudence could go a long way. There are still zero viruses that threaten the Mac, but with ClamXav installed you can protect yourself from future threats, as well as protect any Windows …

Mac, Security »

[1 Jul 2014 | One Comment | 0 views]

And, boom, Apple just goes ahead and releases it! OS X 10.9.4 is here and this Mavericks update, unlike the previous three, is all about bug fixes.
Mavericks users should click Software Update (Apple menu > Software Update) because the mothership …

Mac, Security »

[30 May 2014 | One Comment | 0 views]

Java lives in a strange place between death and truly being alive. For example, this Java for OS X update from Apple disables the Java SE 6 applet plug-in and installs an old-ish (Java for OS X 2013-005) version of …

Mac, Security »

[22 May 2014 | No Comment | 0 views]

As app updates go, this one just barely qualifies. That is, Apple shipped Safari 7.0.4 (9537.76.2) with OS X 10.9.3 last week and just delivered Safari 7.0.4 (9537.76.4). What’s new? Patches for a couple security issues.
Here’s an edited, for brevity, …

Mac, Security »

[23 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 110 views]

If you have an 802.11ac AirPort Extreme or Airport Time Capsule base station, then you might need to get Apple’s freshly minted Heartbleed fix. Folks with 802.11n (2012) or earlier Airport Extreme base stations needn’t apply this patch.
AirPort Base Station …

Mac, Security »

[22 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 70 views]

Boys and girls, get your Mac security updates for Mavericks, Mountain Lion and/or Lion right here. Sadly, Apple has not, at least as of this writing, a security update for OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
• Mavericks Security Update 2014-002 (download)

Mac, Security »

[9 Apr 2014 | 7 Comments | 148 views]

OMG, stop using the internet for shopping and banking because it’s not secure! Meh. According to a knowledgeable source, the client and server versions of OS X aren’t susceptible to the OpenSSL Heartbleed security issue.
Apple gets a lot of deserved …

Mac, Security »

[5 Mar 2014 | 3 Comments | 2,264 views]

Last week, Apple released OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion specific fixes for the “go to fail” SSL certificate issue. The mothership did not, however, release an OS X Snow Leopard fix, which lead a notable chicken little (aka …

Mac, Security »

[21 Feb 2014 | No Comment | 257 views]

While it’s oft said that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, I believe at least one route to Satan’s playground is paved with donuts. And, in my mind at least, Flash for Mac is the digital analog …

Mac, Security, Software »

[5 Feb 2014 | No Comment | 535 views]

And, clears up adult acne! Well, no, but VLC for Mac 2.1.3 does fix bugs, lots of bugs. Plus, Flash 12 and Firefox 27 are now available, too, with fixes, features and security patches.
• VLC for Mac 2.1.3 (download)
— Fix …

Mac, Security, Software »

[26 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 302 views]

No, you don’t need to use Mac antivirus software, until you do. With ClamXav, free and built with open-source technology, the opportunity cost of running Mac antivirus is essentially zero and it is marvelously customizable. Install it, run it — …

iTunes, Mac, Security »

[23 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 382 views]

A workaday iTunes 11 update that also brings a new featurette — the ability to see your Wish List while viewing your iTunes Library. Don’t have a Wish List? Me neither, but it’s now more accessible.
• iTunes 11.1.4 (download)

Mac, Security, Software »

[19 Jan 2014 | 2 Comments | 651 views]

Things have been fairly quiet on the Mac security front, though we’re always a single exploit, a single missed patch away from trouble. That said, Flash 12 Mac and Java 7 Mac updates are available — if you haven’t installed …