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.
Have you installed Apple’s Java update last week, which squashes the Flashback Trojan malware? If so, you’re probably not alone -- but there are still plenty of you who may be infected, according to an update.
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.
I’ve never been too paranoid about privacy. I use a club card in the grocery store, fully aware that my purchase habits are being tracked--but I don’t care if I can save a dollar on cereal. My car flies through the tollbooths at the Bay Area bridges thanks to my FasTrak device, which I guess could be used to track my movements if I ever murdered someone. Don’t worry; I’m not planning to--it’s just that I remember that happening on Law & Order once.
It was inevitable, really -- the increasing popularity of Apple mobile products has driven more and more PC users over to the Mac, and like that innocent little puppy you brought home from the pound, them dog’s got fleas… or in this case, a new Mac trojan known as Flashback.
They say good fences make good neighbors, and what goes for backyards may be even truer online. For most of us, using a Mac means that we don’t have to worry about intrusive computer viruses. But the internet is a big place, full of all sorts of evils looking for vulnerable computers, and a firewall can help keep your Mac secure. Here’s the lowdown on what a firewall is, how it works, and how to set up the one that’s already on your computer (trust us, it’s way easier than you think). We’ve also looked at some third-party firewall applications that offer features, flexibility, and protection that OS X alone can’t match. With the right software in place, you’ll be browsing, sharing, and surfing more safely in no time.