Home » Archive

Articles in the Security Category

Mac, Security, Software »

[19 Jan 2014 | 2 Comments | 1,754 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 | 3,406 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 | 694 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 | 1,874 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 | 2,012 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 | 363 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 | 2,455 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 | 7,956 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 | 1,526 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 …

Mac, Security »

[20 Sep 2013 | No Comment | 578 views]

Apple’s Mac security team has been very active of late, blocking Java and Flash plugins due to in-the-wild vulnerabilities three times over the last month or so. Today’s XProtect update blocks a recent version of Flash Plugin.
That said, I had …

iOS, Security »

[19 Sep 2013 | No Comment | 1,340 views]

If for no other reason, and there are scores of really good reasons, you should download and install iOS 7 on every compatible iPhone, iPad and/or iPod touch you own just for the security. Covering more than 40 vulnerabilities — i.e. …

Mac, Security »

[13 Sep 2013 | No Comment | 4,104 views]

Although there are still things to do ahead of the physical delivery of Tim Cook’s “busy Fall,” Apple just leveled up in a big way by releasing Mac security updates (below), as well as a biggish OS X 10.8.5 Update. …

Mac, Security, Software »

[11 Sep 2013 | No Comment | 3,225 views]

When it rains it pours, a good soaking. Mac updates for productivity apps Nissus Writer, Mellel, Office for Mac and Adobe Acrobat have been released. As you might expect, the indie developers have squished bugs while Microsoft and Adobe delivered …

Mac, Security »

[10 Sep 2013 | No Comment | 2,790 views]

The last time Apple pushed an XProtect Update, the company deprecated and blocked older versions of Java. Today, however, it’s Adobe’s Flash Plugin that has been blocked due to some as yet unspecific security issue.
Of course, when Apple blocked older …

Mac, Security »

[3 Sep 2013 | No Comment | 537 views]

Wondering why your company’s Java-based HR page stopped working? While you were driving to mom’s or the beach for the weekend, Apple deprecated previous versions of Java for Mac and slipped out an update.
The security mavens at Intego noted …