Knock Knock, who’s there?

28. October 2014 Security 4
I saw an interesting video today which talks about the kinds of OS X malware and the ways they can persist. Now when it comes to ways that OS X malware can keep itself alive even after a reboot there is nothing new in this video, however the tool that was created by the author ...

Antivirus Detection Rate results updated – October 5, 2014

05. October 2014 Security 2
With quite a few AV products improving their detection rates steadily and (mostly) consistently, it’s time to raise the bar a little. Previously, the results PDF showed 4 categories: Category 1 – The best AV products with a detection rate of 90% or higher. Category 2 – AV Products with a detection rate of 60-90%. ...

Apple patches Bash vulnerability

29. September 2014 Security 3
Since late last week the internet has been buzzing about something named Shellshock. The Bash shell is something most users will never know or hear about, it runs under the hood of OS X and other major operating systems and is critical for a lot of tasks. The flaw that was discovered last week allows ...

Apple updates

21. September 2014 Security 0
Last week was a busy one and not just because of the new iPhone 6 and 6 plus. OS X 10.9.5 was released and is loaded with security fixes. A few of the noteworthy ones are: – CoreGraphics, a maliciously crafted PDF could lead to an information disclosure or code execution. – Intel Graphics Driver, ...

Security updates for safari and Adobe.

13. August 2014 Security 0
Today Apple released updates for Safari on Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks. All users are recommended to update. The update addresses 7 webkit memory corruption issues that could lead to arbitrary code execution when visiting a malicious crafted website. The updates can be obtained by running Software Update from the apple menu or opening the ...

Antivirus detection rate results update

15. July 2014 Security 3
Alright, it’s been a few months but I finally had some time to update the test. A few changes have been made to the test environment: – As the majority of Mac users now use 10.9 Mavericks the virtual machines were all rebuilt from scratch using the latest version of Mavericks (10.9.4). Upgrading the existing ...

Antivirus test results updated tomorrow

15. July 2014 Security 0
When I was getting ready to upload the PDF and observations my internet decided to take the rest of the night off. Testing of the top performing AV (80% or higher detection rate) has been completed, the results will be uploaded tomorrow hopefully. Intego lost the number 1 spot in the list but judging from ...

OS X updated, Safari updated, iCloud enabled 2 factor authentication

01. July 2014 Security 1
It was a busy day for Apple. The following updates were released: OS X 10.9.4 The OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Update is recommended for all Mavericks users. It improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. This update: Fixes an issue that prevented some Macs from automatically connecting to known Wi-Fi networks Fixes issue ...

Comcast starts to enable public WiFi Hotspots (using your modem)

15. June 2014 Security 2
I first learned about the Public Hotspot feature a year ago when I wrote about the Comcast modem I had and what a security nightmare it was. Since then I have owned and tested roughly 12 Comcast provided modems before finally purchasing my own. Public Hotspot enables users with XFinity modems to broadcast a second ...

Macworld UK reviews several Mac AV applications

08. June 2014 Security 0
A little while ago I received an email from Andrew Harrison, technical editor for Macworld and several other publications. He mentioned how he was putting together a test of Mac security software and wanted to know if my AV test results could be used. Naturally I gave the OK but in the back of my ...