OS X El Capitan Beta: Pinning Safari Tabs

8:50 AM, Aug. 28th, 2015 · · Mac OS

Using pinned tabs in OS X El Capitan's Safari web browser

Another piping-hot El Capitan tip, coming right up! Today Melissa Holt's talking about how we can "pin" sites to the Safari toolbar, which makes accessing favorite webpages faster. These pinned tabs even keep themselves updated in the background! That's the niftiness available in today's Quick Tip.

OS X: El Capitan’s Deletion of “Repair Disk Permissions” Could Impact You

3:45 PM, Aug. 26th, 2015 · · Mac OS

OS El Capitan Removes

Apple's next version of OS X El Capitan uses something called "System Integrity Protection" to prevent the alteration of critical system files. As a result, scripted installers and even privileged users can no longer change those UNIX file permissions and then modify them. This should make El Capitan more stable and secure. So, while "Repair Disk Permissions" is gone, that also creates an important issue for users: software upgrades.

El Capitan Beta: The “Delete Immediately” Feature

8:58 AM, Aug. 20th, 2015 · · Mac OS

Delete Immediately in OS X El Capitan

With the El Capitan beta, we've got a neat, easy way to bypass the trash when we're deleting a file, and we can also remove a single item from the trash without having to empty it completely. This is one of the features that we really hope makes it through to the final version of El Cap! Melissa Holt's here to tell you all about it.

New OS X Security Flaw Detailed on the Internet Instead of Going to Apple

10:21 AM, Aug. 18th, 2015 · · Mac OS

OS X tpwn security flaw posted online before alerting Apple

Another big security flaw in OS X Yosemite has been discovered, but instead of telling Apple first, the guy who found it posted his findings on the Internet. That means Apple doesn't have a head start on patching the flaw, and potential hackers have the access to the potential exploit now.

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Operating system security flaws suck, and doubly so when the people who discover them go directly to the Internet with their exploit instead of contacting the developers so they can work on a patch. Thanks to Luca Todesco, tpwn is in the wild and Apple didn't have a chance to check it out ahead of time.

OS X El Capitan Beta: Muting Safari Tabs

8:55 AM, Aug. 12th, 2015 · · Mac OS

OS X El Capitan

For today's Quick Tip, Melissa Holt's got some El Capitan awesomeness for those of you who are testing out the beta. Within El Cap's version of Safari, we can now easily find and mute tabs that have audio playing, and we don't even have to search around to figure out which is the noisy offender! Come on in and read about this nifty new feature.

My 4 Favorite Features of OS X El Capitan

6:00 PM, Aug. 6th, 2015 · · Mac OS

4 Favorite El Capitan features

There are plenty of things to like about OS X El Capitan, due out this fall. Apple has focused on performance and experience, and that means some welcome new refinements of the user interface. Amongst the many improvements, John Martellaro has four in mind that he especially likes.

OS X Safari: Wiping Your History, on Schedule

8:58 AM, Aug. 6th, 2015 · · Mac OS

Safari browser history

You just can't depend on your friends having the good sense to delete your browsing history if you die, can you? No, you can't. Because of that, Melissa Holt's latest Quick Tip is about how you can tell Safari to clear your history on a schedule, so at least your ghost won't have to worry too much about that one time you searched for that thing you like.

Mac Zero-Day DYDL Exploits are Real, Apple Fix Coming Soon

9:39 AM, Aug. 5th, 2015 · · Mac OS

DYLD bug lets attackers install adware on your Mac without permission

It's been a scary week for Apple security thanks to Thunderstrike 2 and now DYLD. The former is a proof of concept that poses little real world risk, but the second can is being exploited now to install adware on victim's Macs. A fix is on the way, and will be part of the OS X 10.10.5 update due out soon.

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Yes, DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE is a real Mac security flaw that's being exploited right now. The fix is in the beta of OS X El Capitan, and the beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.5. The official Yosemite update will be released soon. Right, Apple?