Apple already has a lot of security features baked into the Mac. From its strong, well-tested Unix foundation to the built-in privacy features of OS X, it’s one of the most secure operating systems available to consumers. A lot of users, however, make mistakes in their daily usage that can severely compromise the security of their Mac. We’ll show you these pitfalls and help you lock down your Mac to make your privacy, digital information, and even your hardware less likely to be compromise, covering everything from user accounts to the physical security layer of your computing workflow.
If you’ve downloaded Kaspersky Lab’s Flashfake Removal Tool this week, the company has found a bug that could cause other data to be removed as well. Meanwhile, Apple finally comes through with a fix of their own in a new Java update.
Well, here’s an unexpected wrinkle in the “MacDefender” malware saga: Apple just pushed out a small Snow Leopard security update to squash the malfeasant, which was widely expected to be addressed in a forthcoming Mac OS X 10.6.8 update.
That's just like Apple to look out for its users. Researches at an IT security and data protection firm called Sophos are claiming that this week's major Snow Leopard update also beefed up the operating system's internal malware protection.
The alleged anti-malware update includes protection against the OSX/Pinhead-B Trojan (referred to as HellRTS by Apple), which is a backdoor Trojan that can allow remote hackers to gain control over Macs and steal important information--or, simply spy on all those website you're browsing.