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[5 Mar 2013 | 2 Comments | 1,153 views]

Have a Mac running OS X Lion v10.7 or later with Java installed? Then you need to fire up the Mac App Store (a.k.a. Software Update) and get this Java for OS X Update. And, wow, what a weekend for …

Mac, Security, Software »

[20 Feb 2013 | 6 Comments | 1,251 views]

Don’t know why I installed Java for Mac, but there it is. Sort of like an ex-girlfriend’s cat that you’re obligated to taking care of. Fresh Mac for Java versions are available from the good people at Apple for the …

Mac, Security »

[8 Feb 2013 | 4 Comments | 1,808 views]

The biggest Mac security threat today is Oracle’s Java, right? Perhaps, not so much. Whereas few install let alone use Java, Flash is fairly ubiquitous. Now, Adobe is scrambling to deliver a patch for a nasty zero day Flash vulnerability …

Mac, Security, Software »

[2 Feb 2013 | 4 Comments | 1,311 views]

For the last two years, give or take, Mac security issues have been almost entirely traceable to Java for Mac. How’s that going? The same as last week, last month and, sadly, last year. That said, quite naturally, if you …

Mac, Security, Software »

[1 Feb 2013 | 6 Comments | 2,633 views]

Though you probably have never heard of Thomas Reed before, now is a very good time to get acquainted. On his site, Thomas’ Tech Corner, he’s published benchmarks for 20 AV products in a quest to answer the question — …

Deals, Mac, Security »

[15 Jan 2013 | 7 Comments | 5,449 views]

Yet another Java security vulnerability has people on the web, including Mac users, running a little scared. Whereas Oracle has issued a partial fix and OS X’s integrated XProtect malware blocker have the issue covered, more than a few of …

Mac, Security »

[14 Jan 2013 | 6 Comments | 5,249 views]

There’s a serious Java vulnerability that could indeed affect Mac security. The feds advise disabling Java because the vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild and that upwards of 850 million computers are vulnerable. Meanwhile Oracle is promising that …

Mac, Security, Software »

[18 Dec 2012 | 4 Comments | 3,268 views]

Java was the future. In recent years, however, it’s gotten a bad name due to a string of nasty security vulnerabilities affecting just about everyone. Now, with things dying down of late and yet another Mac Java update available, perhaps …

Mac, Security, Software »

[14 Nov 2012 | 7 Comments | 1,618 views]

Whether you are still using Office or not, Microsoft’s dedication to providing security and functional updates is admirable. That said, it is time to feel good about Redmond’s Mac Office code monkeys as they release a trio of updates for …

Mac, Security, Software »

[6 Nov 2012 | 3 Comments | 1,204 views]

Adobe takes Flash security very, very serious. Well, it does now, but didn’t before (so much) and the latest Flash Player release is mostly about stuff for developers. There is an Opera update, too, which finally delivers Mountain Lion features, …

Mac, Security, Software »

[2 Nov 2012 | 2 Comments | 1,649 views]

Software is never finished. Apple underscored that point yesterday with the release of a string of Mac app updates. Whereas Safari 6.0.2 is all about security, the headline feature iPhoto and Aperture patches is Photo Stream with tweaks to dragging …

Mac, Security »

[17 Oct 2012 | 2 Comments | 1,376 views]

The recent drama over Java security has largely died down, though it is hard to image the threat’s subsided. That said, whereas Oracle now (mostly) produces Java for Mac OS X Lion and Mountain Lion, Snow Leopard is still Apple’s …

Mac, Security, Software »

[12 Oct 2012 | No Comment | 1,067 views]

Firefox security was has been in the news and, though the headlines were dire, the actual issue was less frightening than the suggested workaround. That said, the folks at Mozilla thought this Firefox security issue serious enough to recommend that …

Mac, Security, Software »

[9 Oct 2012 | One Comment | 1,535 views]

Do you use magazine service Zinio on your Mac? Then you will want to download and install Adobe 3.4, which addresses a number of bugs. Additionally, those still suffering with Adobe Flash should download and install Adobe Flash Player 11.4.402.287 …

Mac, Security »

[24 Sep 2012 | No Comment | 1,165 views]

Earlier this year, a FlashBack trojan infected more than 600,000 Macs, creating the largest OS X-powered botnet in history — Mac malware run amok. Though they acted slowly, Apple eventually got ahead of the problem by issuing Java updates by …