Mavericks updated, Snow Leopard forgotten

18. December 2013 Security 0
Yesterday Mavericks received it’s first update 10.9.1. Here are the details. Improved support for Gmail in OS X Mail, and fixes for users with custom Gmail settings Improves the reliability of Smart Mailboxes and search in Mail Fixes an issue that prevented contact groups from working properly in Mail Resolves an issue that prevented VoiceOver ...

Malware detection list updated

12. December 2013 Security 1
A small update to include the newest AV for Mac; AVG AntiVirus for Mac. I had high hopes for AVG as it is my AV of choice for Windows but for Mac it does not do too well. It’s debut detection rate was 59%, putting it behind McAfee even. AVG for Mac has no controls ...

Adobe and Firefox updates

11. December 2013 Security 0
Today was “Patch Tuesday” and Adobe released fixes for it’s Flash and Shockwave players. You can update your Flash player through System preferences > Flash Player > Advanced or download it from the adobe website here. After updating the version should read 11.9.900.170. The latest Shockwave player (version 12.0.7.148) can be downloaded here. Firefox, which ...

About hard drives

04. December 2013 Security 2
This post is not really about security, not sure how to categorize it but as I had some time on my hands with nothing better to do I figured, what the heck. This post is about hard drives, why I choose one over the other, how I use them and how I discard them eventually. ...

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 ...