Java updates for OS X available

15. October 2013 Security 0
Earlier today Apple released updates to Java for OS X. Go to your Apple menu > Software Update to install the update available for your system. Eligible OS X versions are 10.6.8 Snow Leopard, 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion. The updates fix several vulnerabilities and are recommended for all OS X users.

Lavabit back online for a brief period of time

15. October 2013 Security 0
Today Lavabit, the secure email provider that was forced to shut down in August, resumed service. During the next few days current users are able to change their password and allow data recovery. Here is the press release: Oct 14, 2013 19:00 ET Lavabit to Briefly Reinstate Services for Data Recovery ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 14, ...

Rethinking the way I test antivirus applications

14. October 2013 Security 1
The details of how I currently test antivirus (AV) applications can be found on this page in detail and while I think this is a good methodology, I’ll be making some changes. I’m still working out the details but I’ll post my thoughts here in case you, the reader, has ideas or feedback. System performance ...

Trend Micro no more

13. October 2013 Security 0
For some time I have been trying to update the test results for Trend Micro’s AV product. Brand new virtual machines, using a VPN, re-downloading or installing from a download I already had… Nothing works. So I reached out to Trend Micro asking for a trial license or a full license so I could continue ...

Malware detection list updated, yup, again [updated]

12. October 2013 Security 0
It’s been a long and hard few days for my poor Mac Pro, running a dozen virtual machines simultaneously for hours on end testing AV products and only getting some rest when I was sleeping (the AC had to run a bit extra too because the office felt like a sauna!) But it’s done. I’ve ...

Little Snitch ready for Mavericks

09. October 2013 Security 0
An amazing utility that I recommend to any Mac user, Little Snitch, has just updated it’s software to version 3.3. The biggest change is it now properly supports the soon to be released OS X 10.9 Mavericks, here are all the changes: Little Snitch 3.3 – Oct 9, 2013 Little Snitch is now compatible with ...

Malware detection list updated again

09. October 2013 Security 8
The top performing AV products and XProtect results have been updated. Intego has added quite a few older malware signatures to their database as well as being able to detect the latest Leverage samples. These definition updates resulted in VirusBarrier 2013 jumping from 3rd to 1st place and VirusBarrier Express from 5th to 4th. Panda ...

Replace it with open source – Microsoft Office

08. October 2013 Security 1
The general consensus is that open source software is safer to use because the code can be checked by anyone that wants to. This should mean it is impossible to hide back doors or other code that purposely weakens the software as it can be discovered by those checking the code. I’d say this mostly ...

Malware detection list updated

07. October 2013 Security 2
This is a minor update that added FortiNet (FortiClient) as requested by some readers. I’ve also finally had a chance to get Dr.Web updated and started testing of all AV applications against the latest Leverage malware. FortiNet performs very poor with a 12% detection rate. It scans a whole disk extremely fast so I am ...