Using your password manager the right way

20. August 2016 Security 4
I have mentioned 1Password before. It is, in my book, the best password manager for Mac and iOS available. If you are not familiar with it, I highly recommend you check it out and start using it sooner rather than later. If you have been using 1Password or are about to use it now, this ...

Ransomware

26. June 2016 Security 2
Ransomware. You’ve probably heard it mentioned recently as some pretty big targets fell victim to it and though rare, the Mac has been targeted as well. A few months ago ransomware named KeRanger was found to encrypt user files and when successful the victim had to pay $400 to have their files unlocked or lose ...

Adobe Flash Player, it’s time to say goodbye.

08. July 2015 Security 0
I can’t remember a time without you. You’ve caused sluggish performance, slow page loads and have put me at risk many times. Adobe Flash Player, it’s time to go. It’s no secret that Flash Player is not the best web plug-in to have. A long history and list of security vulnerabilities. Very demanding on your ...

Apple releases updates for OS X and iOS

30. June 2015 Security 4
While you’re reading this, have your Time Machine or other backup running. Today Apple released software updates for OS X and iOS. The update for iOS is 8.4 and it’s main purpose is the introduction of iTunes Music but as always some security related issues were addressed as well. A total of 35 security issues ...

XARA sets it’s sights on OS X and iOS

18. June 2015 Security 1
Researchers have discovered “a series of high-impact security weaknesses, which enable a sandboxed malicious app, approved by the Apple Stores, to gain unauthorized access to other apps’ sensitive data.” Sounds ominous huh? It is. The researchers built a malicious app, submitted it to Apple, beat all the tests and security screenings and got the app ...

Knock Knock, me again!

29. April 2015 Security 1
Last October I wrote an article about Knock Knock, a tool that checks common hiding places of malware. You can read this article here. Overall a good tool but it was command line only. Immediately after writing the article I was asked both in the comments and via email to do a follow up piece ...

Comments temporarily disabled – Updated

27. April 2015 Security 0
Due to a serious vulnerability discovered in the WordPress platform, comments have been disabled throughout the entire site. As soon as WordPress offers a patch comments will be re-enabled. Update: WordPress has not addressed this issue yet but thanks to a workaround limiting the comment size by Arnaud I was able to allow comments again. ...

Updates for OS X and iOS

08. April 2015 Security 0
Apple today released updates for OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. As usual it is recommended to install these updates as they include a slew of security patches but also bug fixes and enhancements. Some users may also see a separate security update available (Security Update 2015-004) and/or a Safari update (6.2.5 or 7.1.5). The ...

Apple releases security updates, iOS 8.2 and Apple TV 7.1

09. March 2015 Security 0
(Updates may not be available yet for download. They should be available to everyone before the end of the day) Apple today released a security update for it’s most recent three OS X systems, iOS 8.2 and Apple TV 7.1 which also includes security fixes. For OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion, 10.9.5 Mavericks and 10.10.2 ...

Java installs adware. If you allow it. Relax people.

06. March 2015 Security 6
Java is now bundled with an Ask.com toolbar. The web is blowing up about it. “Beware”, “Adware”, “shady”, “Sneaking” and other terms are used. Is this just a hype or is there something to these claims? Let’s find out. I set up a brand new Virtual Machine, installed all the latest updates, the latest browsers, ...