OS X 10.8.5 and Safari 5.1.10 Available

13. September 2013 Security 0
The Safari update is only available for Snow Leopard users. Both these updates patch security vulnerabilities so it is recommended you install these updates if they apply to your system. As usual the Apple menu > Software Update is the place to go to get ’em. Alternatively you can also use these links: OS X ...

Java updated, system does not notify you

11. September 2013 Security 0
Oracle released a new Java version today. Java 7, update 40. If you have a need for Java, update to this latest version and if you have no need for Java then it is highly recommended you uninstall it from your system completely or at least disable it. Normally Mac users that have Java 7 ...

Adobe updates Flash, Apple blocks older versions

10. September 2013 Security 0
Earlier today Adobe released updates for Flash Player, Adobe Reader, Acrobat and Shockwave Player. The latest versions can be obtained through the links below or through the Adobe Updaters in the actual products. Adobe Flash Player latest version. Adobe Reader latest version. Adobe Shockwave Player latest version. Apple has updated OS X’s XProtect list and ...

My assumptions on encryption and where we stand today

07. September 2013 Security 2
Late last week a few more of Edward Snowden’s documents were released to the public. They show that the NSA (US) and GHCQ (UK)are able to unlock encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records. They also show that the NSA spends huge amounts of money every year to pay tech companies and get ...

Antivirus detection rate list updated, some changes in rank

04. September 2013 Security 16
A shuffle in rankings for the AV applications that tested with an 80% or better detection rate. I won’t list them all, just check out the PDF but the biggest changes are Panda Antivirus dropping 6 places, Intego VirusBarrier 2013 climbing to 3rd place with Avira climbing to 4th place. MacKeeper and iAntivirus are no ...

What the Privacy Policy for this site would look like

03. September 2013 Security 0
A comment on my last post asked “What would *your* ideal TOS look like? I bet it would be honest, easy to understand, and just snarky enough to keep the lawyers on their toes.”. As soon as I saw it I replied “Absolutely it would :)” but then I started thinking, would I really? Only ...

About those fun Privacy Policies

01. September 2013 Security 4
We all know they exist but most never read them. Privacy Policies (and Terms of Use) never used to be a concern and if people were willing to read them it was just a few paragraphs of clear, understandable language anyway. Not so much anymore. Privacy Policies have changed in to lengthy, often vaguely phrased ...

Apple blocks older versions of Java

29. August 2013 Security 0
On August 28 Apple has blocked older versions of Java leaving only the latest version functional. The latest Java version was released in June of this year so everyone that needs Java should have that installed by now, those that don’t need Java should uninstall it or at least disable it. If you use Java ...

How to verify the authenticity of a download

28. August 2013 Security 0
Sometimes you’ll see a mention of a SHA1 checksum, MD5 checksum or PGP Signature on websites. These are there for you, so you can verify the authenticity of a file or document.¬†For simplicity we’ll stick with SHA1 for the remainder of this article. SHA1 is essentially a secure checksum for a data file. The SHA1 ...

Sophos and Avast – The two best antivirus apps for OS X

28. August 2013 Security 6
Since the testing of Mac antivirus (AV) applications began in April 2013, Sophos and Avast have been consistently taking up the number one and two places in a list of 35 applications. (NOTE: The AV field changes quick, check the latest test results PDF to see if the previous statement still applies) After updating the ...