It's not often that you hear of a virus for the Mac, but according to a Secure Mac security bulletin, a new trojan virus has been detected on the Mac. The bulletin notes that the virus is spread through social networking websites like Facebook and is disguised as a video.
Okay, okay, it's a beta and we all know betas tend to have glitches big and small. Users poke, prod, and discover issues and the results of our testing trickles back to the software developers who squash bugs for a living. That's the drill, but this seems a biggie to let slip out the door.
You might not think much about the small applications you might download for your iOS devices that ask to "phone home" (i.e. send information from your device to some known or unknown source). But, new research done at Bucknell University by Eric Smith shows that sometimes applications would transmit data over the network in plain text, allowing network eavesdroppers to potentially steal critical information.
Security researcher Jeremiah Grossman discovered a security vulnerability that could give any website the ability to steal user information from Safari's AutoFill feature that grabs user information from Address Book on the Mac. Apple countered Grossman by releasing Safari 5.0.1 that supposedly corrected the issue, but Grossman has found another potentially dangerous way to grab user information from Apple's flagship web browser.
Gross looking worm right? Well imagine if that gross looking "worm" got into your Mac OS X? Not good. Well, hopefully you won't have to worry about such a situation with the latest security update for the Mac OS X that Apple released today.
It could be nothing, but it certainly might be something: If you make your iTunes applications and media purchases with a credit card or a PayPal account, you'd do well to take a moment and read this story and take a few precautions to ensure your financial well-being.
A number of of users who utilize their credit card or Paypal to purchase goods from the iTunes Store have reported massive unauthorized purchases of software, music and videos using their iTunes Store account. Reports of the amounts taken from the various users differ, with some seeing purchases in the hundreds of dollars, to thousands. One unfortunate individual reported that his entire bank account was drained via PayPal in the name of someone else getting their entertainment and productivity on.
You wouldn’t give a stranger complete access to your important, personal information; yet so many people don’t secure their wireless access points on their home network. With an open network, you are setting yourself up for a potential attack; be it packet sniffing, or network sharing snooping, you’re not secure until you enable wireless encryption.
Anyone that's ever had their email, Facebook or World of Warcraft account hacked knows that maintaining robust computer security is serious business. There are tons of applications out there to protect your online information, like 1Password, but significantly fewer solutions available to ensure the security of mobile platforms on an as-needed basis.
The data-mining sorts over at Patently Apple have uncovered a patent that suggests Cupertino may have a typically elegant solution for mobile hardware and software security on the way. The patent details what Apple calls an "exciter," and the possibilities for the technology are worthy of the name.
Just yesterday Apple had acknowledged their awareness of the current security hole in the iOS browser. Now today, they are saying that they have a fix already prepared for the loophole, that will be a part of an upcoming update.