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[5 Oct 2014 | No Comment | 545 views]

iWorm, which isn’t a worm at all but a plain jane trojan, has been generating some rather absurd headlines and coverage. And, would you believe that only 17,000 or so actual Macs have been infected?
Sample iWorm Headlines
— Hackers Have Found …

Mac, Reviews, how to, Security »

[4 Oct 2014 | 2 Comments | 1,770 views]

First things first… iWorm is not a worm at all, but actually your plain old, garden variety Trojan. This is important because, whereas worms are self-replicating and can infect innocent bystanders, a Trojan requires that the victim voluntarily install the …

Mac, Security »

[30 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 957 views]

Gonna bash update the Shellshock Mac security issue right out of my Mac. Although Apple announced last week that very, very few Macs (ie those running with server functions turned on) were susceptible to the Shellshock security flaw.
Regardless, as promised, …

Mac, Security »

[18 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 633 views]

Tick tock. When it comes to Mac security, time is always against us because the hackers are invariably a step ahead. Though Apple hasn’t yet posted the details, best install Security Update 2014-004 for OS X Lion and OS X …

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[18 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 623 views]

And, Safari 7.1. Although Apple is sure to release Mavericks security updates over the coming years, this is quite likely the last general update. That said, OS X 10.9.5 is about as unsexy an update as one could imagine.
Unless, of …

iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Security »

[26 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 859 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 | 414 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 | 1,399 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 | 1,165 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 | 986 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 | 577 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 | 7,628 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 …

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[22 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 1,542 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 | 4,886 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 | 6,238 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 …