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[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 …

Mac, Security »

[10 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 307 views]

Back in September 2012, the Fairer Platform reported that the FlashBack Trojan is [nearly] dead. Apparently, little has changed since then as security researcher Intego claims the most prolific Mac malware of the OS X era still lingers on tens …

iTunes, Mac, Security »

[26 Dec 2013 | No Comment | 331 views]

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! For scammers, spammers and phishers of men, Christmas is a target-rich environment and a fresh iTunes phishing email is making the rounds — don’t be a victim.
My friend Kia at MacJunky — …

Mac, Security, Software »

[14 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 163 views]

Whereas VideoLAN delivers a beefy VLC Player update loaded with features, tweaks and fixes, Adobe has pushed out a Flash Player that’s largely about security. Regardless, there are critical updates available for these two popular tools.
• VLC Player 2.1.1 (download)

Security »

[21 Oct 2013 | No Comment | 583 views]

Aside from Flash Player, I haven’t used Adobe software for years. Nevertheless, the bad penny that is piczilla just sent a notification that my Adobe ID password has been reset as result of a recent hack.
Important Password Reset Information
As we …

Mac, Security »

[16 Oct 2013 | No Comment | 202 views]

Is Java for Mac security still an issue? Whereas Apple, Oracle and others have obviously turned a corner on security, the fight is far from over — so Java jockey guys and gals, it’s time to update, again.
• Java for …

Mac, Security, Software »

[9 Oct 2013 | No Comment | 256 views]

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and here three Mac updates to help keep you safe. Adobe has delivered a Flash for Mac update, which promises OS X Mavericks compatibility, not necessitated by an Apple XProtect …

iOS, iPhone, Security »

[8 Oct 2013 | No Comment | 327 views]

Can you believe the shtuff that comes out of Eric’s Schmidt’s mouth! It is pretty much accepted as canon that Android is less secure than a bride’s nightgown on wedding night, let alone Apple’s iPhone. We know this because survey …

Mac, Security »

[7 Oct 2013 | No Comment | 389 views]

Do you NEED to run antivirus software on your Mac? No, but reasonable observers still conclude that running Mac antivirus is a good idea and ClamXav is the free, open-source-based solution that runs on my Macs.
Developer Mark Allen has been …