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[1 Jul 2014 | One Comment | 1,175 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 …

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[30 May 2014 | One Comment | 1,002 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 | 587 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 | 7,710 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 | 1,673 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 | 5,050 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 …

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[5 Mar 2014 | 3 Comments | 6,256 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 | 4,121 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 | 6,570 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 | 646 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 | 882 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 | 2,159 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 | 4,158 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 | 1,026 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 | 2,229 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)