Apple Adds iWorm to Xprotect Malware Definition List for OS X

11:13 AM, Oct. 6th, 2014 · · Mac OS

Apple pushed an update to its Xprotect malware list for the Mac that includes the Mac.BackDoor.iWorm malware over the weekend. Xprotect watches for telltale signatures from known malware threats and attempts to stop them from invading your computer.

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It's good to see Apple is on top of iWorm, and even better that users don't need to do anything to get Xprotect's updated malware definition list.

Surprise: Mac iWorm Spreads through Pirated Apps

8:50 AM, Oct. 6th, 2014 · · Mac OS

When news of Mac.BackDoor.iWorm for the Mac hit the Web last week, the way the  malware threat spread was still something of a mystery, but that's been uncovered now, too: pirated software. Like so many other malware threats, attackers are using the promise of free software as a trojan horse to trick victims trying to save a buck into installing the iWorm payload.

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Using pirated software as a trojan horse to install iWorm doesn't come as a surprise at all. Using stolen software is bad not only because hard working developers don't get paid for their work, but also because you could infect your Mac with malware.

18K Macs Hit with iWorm Botnet

4:08 PM, Oct. 3rd, 2014 · · Mac OS

Over 18,000 Macs around the world have been hit with a new malware threat called Mac.BackDoor.iWorm, or iWorm, that could let hackers steal data or use victim's computers in denial of service attacks on other servers. iWorm also uses Reddit.com as part of its system, although Reddit itself hasn't been hacked.

Apple Tells Developers to Submit their OS X Yosemite-compatible Apps

10:03 AM, Oct. 1st, 2014 · · Mac OS

Apple is signaling we're much closer to the official launch of OS X Yosemite by telling developers it's time to start submitting their app updates now. Calling for Yosemite-compatible app submissions is one of the last steps ahead of an official rollout, as is the release of Gold Master OS candidates — which has also happened.

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Considering iCloud Drive is essentially hobbled for most iOS 8 users without OS X Yosemite, this launch can't come soon enough.

Apple Releases Shellshock Security Update for Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion

5:45 PM, Sep. 29th, 2014 · · Mac OS

Apple released security updates for Bash in OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion Monday afternoon to address the Shellshock flaw that became big news last week. Bash is a command line shell for OS X's UNIX underpinnings, and Shellshock could potentially give attackers an exploit to gain access to servers and user's computers.

Shellshock Flaw Poses Big Security Threat for Mac, other Unix Systems

9:06 AM, Sep. 25th, 2014 · · Mac OS

Move over, Heartbleed, because here comes Shellshock. This security threat has the potential to be even bigger than Heartbleed because of the way it lets attackers remotely access victims computers through the Bash command line shell for Unix and Linux, plus it potentially affects Mac OS X and the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Reminders: Reuse Old Entries

8:44 AM, Sep. 17th, 2014 · · Mac OS

Want to know how to avoid typing the same ten items over and over again when you're headed to the grocery store? Sure you do. Simplicity is key, and though the Mac's Reminders program IS simple, that doesn't mean it's not incredibly useful. Getting the most out of what you've already typed is today's Quick Tip.

Dock Folder Shortcuts: How Do They Work?

8:32 AM, Sep. 12th, 2014 · · Mac OS

Today we'll learn about all of the things we can do with folder shortcuts in the Dock, from adjusting how the files within them appear to switching to (or away from!) Stacks view. Why, we'll even talk about how to sort those folders to find your stuff more easily! It's all here in this Quick Tip.