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[14 Aug 2012 | 4 Comments | 1,469 views]

Earlier this year, the FlashBack trojan spread quickly, infecting more than 500,000 Macs, because Apple was too slow in preparing and getting Java security patches out. With Oracle now delivering Java for Mac direct, rather than first passing code through …

Mac, Security »

[12 Aug 2012 | 4 Comments | 2,054 views]

The noise about Mac security has died down, but not the need for solid antivirus — set it up to run, update and forget it about. And, now, the best (IMHO) free AV app, ClamXav, is more OS X Mountain Lion …

Mac, Security »

[25 Jul 2012 | 4 Comments | 1,693 views]

A growing number of Mac users have developed a twitch. Though we certainly don’t have the problems inherent to Windows, nowhere near that level anxiety, malware is increasingly a problem and the OSX/Crisis trojan is just latest malevolent cloud to …

Mac, Security »

[25 Jun 2012 | 10 Comments | 2,857 views]

Apple has rolled a rather hefty OS X Mountain Lion security patch, tipping the scales at an impressive 1.16GB and tagged with the words, “Install this update as soon as possible.” And, there’s a reason for the tonnage as this …

Mac, Security, Software »

[12 Jun 2012 | One Comment | 1,402 views]

Has there been a FlashBack trojan resurgence? Apple has issued fresh Java updates for both OS X Lion and Snow Leopard, covering a long list of Java-flavored security issues including the nasty “arbitrary code execution” kind.
However, MacFixIt reports that Apple’s …

Mac, Security, Software »

[22 May 2012 | 6 Comments | 2,251 views]

Viruses on the Mac — self replicating and spreading malware — are nonexistent, though there seems to be no shortage of trojans, such as the infamous FlashBack Trojan which infected hundreds of thousands of Macs. Whether the current threat is …

Mac, Security »

[14 May 2012 | 4 Comments | 1,298 views]

Our favorite fruit company has done the right thing. Although it’s been over a year since Apple last updated Leopard security and more than two-and-a-half years since the last OS X 10.5 update was released, here we have fresh patches …

Mac, Security, Software »

[9 May 2012 | 5 Comments | 2,209 views]

Although Apple has gotten grief for being slow to issue patches for security vulnerabilities, the biggest problem facing users is their near steadfast refusal to install the available updates. With Safari 5.1.7, Apple’s taking a proactive approach by disabling old …

Mac, Security, Software »

[8 May 2012 | 5 Comments | 1,380 views]

Our friends in Redmond have been scrambling to patch a series of security and bug issues. This time around Microsoft is hoping to wrangle a memory issue that can result in malicious code running on your Mac, which most definitely …

iOS, Security »

[7 May 2012 | 3 Comments | 2,075 views]

Sweating the small stuff is what this Apple mobile operating system update is all about or, “ah-boot,” as my hoser friends say. Actually, I don’t have any friends on the more polite and culturally adept side of Lake Erie.
However, if …

Mac, Security »

[30 Apr 2012 | 3 Comments | 1,979 views]

It is one thing for Apple to allow weeks to pass before issuing a patch for the BackDoor FlashBack trojan and quite another for the great majority of Mac users not to install it, which is apparently the current state …

Mac, Security »

[26 Apr 2012 | 2 Comments | 1,166 views]

But only one in 36, or a bit fewer than 3 percent, have been infected by Mac specific malware and the great majority of those were infected by a FlashBack trojan variant. It’s no time to let down our guard …

Mac, Security »

[24 Apr 2012 | No Comment | 5,767 views]

International hackers ran a scam that co-opted DNS (domain name server) functionality on millions of user computers, including Macs. When the FBI took that network down in November 2011, agents realized they couldn’t just shut the hackers’ servers off, as …

Mac, Security, Software »

[20 Apr 2012 | One Comment | 1,540 views]

I have been beating this drum for years, though it’s only recently become fashionable to recommend every Mac user install and use antivirus software. But that’s just one of the free and easy steps you should take to secure your …

Mac, Security »

[20 Apr 2012 | 4 Comments | 1,182 views]

About 10 days ago, security experts — the kind that make their bread selling antivirus software — warned that more than 600,000 Macs had been infected by FlashBack. Depending on who’s doing the counting that’s 1 percent of Apple’s Mac …