2014!

01. January 2014 Just an update, Security 1
2013 flew by! I started this blog in March, feels like it was last week. Last year was an interesting one mostly thanks to Edward Snowden and his revelations. Most people are more aware of their privacy and security (or lack there of) and are looking to get back as much of it as they ...

Have you been pwned?

24. December 2013 Security 0
On December 5th, 2013 Troy Hunt launched a new website haveibeenpwned.com. This website allows anyone to enter their email address to see if it has been part of a data breach in the past. The vast number of email addresses on file come from leaks the hackers post online after a breach, these can be ...

Remember that outbound firewall?

19. December 2013 Security 1
Yesterday Lysa Myers, a former senior security analyst at Intego and currently a security researcher at ESET, posted an article to Intego’s blog; Why You Need an Outbound Firewall. The article starts with the following phrase “Outbound firewall protection is arguably the more important component of two-way firewall software, at least from an anti-malware perspective.” ...

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 ...