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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...
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...

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Apple issues OS X security update with fix for 'FREAK attack'

Apple issues OS X security update with fix for 'FREAK attack'

Apple has issued a number of new security updates for OS X. The issues addressed in the update include iCloud Keychain and the recent "FREAK attack" SSL/TLS vulnerability. Security Update 2015-002 fixes issues on OS X Yosemite 10.10.2, as well as OS X 10.8.5 and 10.9.5. Issues addressed include...
Adware sneaks through OS X Gatekeeper loophole

Adware sneaks through OS X Gatekeeper loophole

Gatekeeper is OS X's security against malware and adware, but it isn't foolproof. A new warning shows how it can be exploited. Since OS X 10.7.5 Lion Apple has had a security feature called Gatekeeper. Gatekeeper tries to keep the Mac safe from malware and adware. It isn't foolproof, though. A...
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. Switch to Mac Every week our Peter Cohen brings you Switch...
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,...

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