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 ...

Securely and privately backing up your iDevice

27. August 2013 Security 5
The average iDevice (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) holds a lot of personal information. iPhones probably more than any of the others. The ability to backup your iDevice to iCloud is great and has saved countless people from losing important data. It’s convenient and works without you having to do anything but enable it. I’ve used ...