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Apple releases OS X bash update to help prevent Shellshock on Macs

Apple releases OS X bash security update to help prevent Shellshock on Macs

Apple has just released a new important software security update to patch the new Shellshock vulnerability for its Mac systems. The update is now available through Apple and is titled the OS X bash Update 1.0 download. There are separate downloads, depending on which version of the OS X operating...
Apple is working on a fix for Rootpipe, but here's why most of us aren't at risk anyway

Apple is working on a fix for Rootpipe, but here's why most of us aren't at risk anyway

Apple has confirmed to iMore that they're working on a fix for Rootpipe, an OS X exploit that's gotten a lot of attention recently. Rootpipe doesn't seem much different than other security bugs that are routinely discovered, disclosed, and dealt with during the normal course of Mac updates. So,...
Apple's malware definitions updated to protect Macs against iWorm

Apple's malware definitions updated to protect Macs against iWorm

Apple has updated its malware definitions for OS X so as to defend Macs against a botnet that allowed a piece of malware called Mac.BackDoor.iWorm to install on systems. iWorm had made its way onto 17,000 machines by the time it was disclosed last week. Once on a user's system, the malware could...

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Do I need Mac anti-virus software?

Do I need Mac anti-virus software?

Malware is a real and present danger on the Mac. Is it time to install anti-virus software? It's a question we're getting asked with increasing frequency. As the Mac's popularity continues to grow and security stories makes headlines, both real and imagined, it's something more and more Mac owners...
Got adware problems? Blame free software download sites

Got adware problems? Blame free software download sites

Mac adware is bad. Windows is worse. Who's to blame? Free software download sites. Weren't we just talking about how to get rid of Mac adware? This is a real and malevolent threat on the Mac. We have it easy compared to our Windows using colleagues with horrors like Superfish. InfoSec Taylor...
How to keep your Mac safe from adware like Genio and Installmac

How to keep your Mac safe from adware like Genio and Installmac

Sluggish page loading, redirected web searches, popups you can't explain? Your Mac may be infected with adware, says a retail Mac expert. I've had some choice things to say about "adware," software that redirects your web searches, and how to get rid of it. Annie Hayes (@abazoe on Twitter) is a...
Yes, you can still download free Mac apps from the web

Yes, you can still download free Mac apps from the web

Windows PC owners are used to downloading an inordinate amount of free — and sometimes suspect — software from the web. One of our readers, and new Mac owner, B.N., writes in to ask if it's possible to do the same thing on OS X. I've just bought my first Mac after using a PC for years. It's a...
Mac Help: Master Yosemite's Privacy settings

Mac Help: Master Yosemite's Privacy settings

Security is on everyone's mind these days. How secure is your Mac? Can other people figure out where you are? What apps have access to your most important data? Read on to understand how Yosemite's Privacy settings are configured, and how to master them. R.C. writes: I've "enabled Location...
Yosemite Spotlight, spam email, tracking pixels, and what you need to know

Yosemite Spotlight, spam email, tracking pixels, and what you need to know

By default, OS X Yosemite's Mail app won't "load remote content" such as the types of images typically requested by marketing emails and spam. You can change that in preferences if you really want to see remote images in your emails — such as the products being advertised by Apple, Best Buy, or...
How to open apps from an unidentified developer in Yosemite

How to open apps from an unidentified developer in Yosemite

Mac OS X has a couple of great safeguards in place to prevent you from accidentally running malicious applications that might infect or otherwise damage your computer. But that can occasionally also prevent perfectly legitimate applications from running. Here's how to keep your computer safe and...
Apple is working on a fix for Rootpipe, but here's why most of us aren't at risk anyway

Apple is working on a fix for Rootpipe, but here's why most of us aren't at risk anyway

Apple has confirmed to iMore that they're working on a fix for Rootpipe, an OS X exploit that's gotten a lot of attention recently. Rootpipe doesn't seem much different than other security bugs that are routinely discovered, disclosed, and dealt with during the normal course of Mac updates. So,...
Apple's malware definitions updated to protect Macs against iWorm

Apple's malware definitions updated to protect Macs against iWorm

Apple has updated its malware definitions for OS X so as to defend Macs against a botnet that allowed a piece of malware called Mac.BackDoor.iWorm to install on systems. iWorm had made its way onto 17,000 machines by the time it was disclosed last week. Once on a user's system, the malware could...
Apple releases OS X bash update to help prevent Shellshock on Macs

Apple releases OS X bash security update to help prevent Shellshock on Macs

Apple has just released a new important software security update to patch the new Shellshock vulnerability for its Mac systems. The update is now available through Apple and is titled the OS X bash Update 1.0 download. There are separate downloads, depending on which version of the OS X operating...

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