Showing a file’s true nature

01. December 2013 Security 2
Things are not always what they appear to be, files on a Mac being no exception. We can identify a file just by glancing at it most of the time, we know what it is and most likely what application will open that file. A few examples: Yup, no one needs to tell you what’s ...

Western Digital and Mavericks issues – Resolved

28. November 2013 Security 3
I received another email from Western Digital yesterday, here it is: Dear WD Registered Customer, As we previously announced, Western Digital received reports of Western Digital and other external HDD products experiencing data loss when updating to OS X Mavericks (10.9). Our investigation to date has found that for a small percentage of customers that ...

Antivirus tests pages removed or updated.

21. November 2013 Security 0
– A list of all the products and version numbers was removed. They can all be found in the PDF. – “Hardware used” and it’s pages were removed. When referring to hardware specific tests and results in the future the hardware and specs will be mentioned at that time. – Individual AV product tests were ...

Malware detection list updated

18. November 2013 Security 0
Notes about the PDF update: – I was unable to update the VirusBarrier X6 results as the application keeps asking for a license. I don’t have one so this will have to wait. – Avira now detects Genieo samples as adware but apart from adding those signatures it does not detect the actually Genieo application, ...

New OSX/Crisis or Business Cards Gone Wild

13. November 2013 Security 0
This is a quick “on the road” post that I will further update if needed later on. A new version of the OSX/Crisis malware was found, you can read all about it here. I have obtained a copy of all the files and will include these in the updated test results I have planned for ...

Adobe Flash update available

13. November 2013 Security 2
[post updated to correct a typo that showed version .117 to be the current one. It should be .152. Thanks Ted for pointing this out.] In case your system has not alerted you to the fact a new version is available (Flash rarely does this even though it should), you can get the latest version ...

Mavericks and Western Digital – Data Loss [Updated]

06. November 2013 Security 2
Western Digital sent out another update that may give us a bit more information on what’s going on, here it is: Dear WD Registered Customer, On October 30th, 2013 Western Digital informed registered customers of affected products via E-mail regarding reports of Western Digital and other external HDD products experiencing data loss when updating to ...

It’s time to talk about passwords again

06. November 2013 Security 0
As you may have heard, Adobe was kind enough to give attackers access to over 2.9 million user names, passwords and other details. No wait it’s more, 38 million. No wait, turns out the actual number is over 130 million. Since then a few things have happened: the entire list of stolen records have been ...

Mavericks and Western Digital – Data Loss [Update Nov 5th]

31. October 2013 Security 3
I received this e-mail earlier tonight and wanted to share it as Western Digital is quite popular amongst Mac users. Dear WD Registered Customer, As a valued WD customer we want to make you aware of new reports of Western Digital and other external HDD products experiencing data loss when updating to Apple’s OS X ...