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?

How to Create Signatures in Mail.app in iOS and OS X

5:40 PM, Jul. 31st, 2015 · · Mac OS

Mail.app Signatures Screenshot

Apple users can add personal signatures to their emails on both their Macs and their iOS devices. They can promote a cause or a product. Let everyone know how they feel about a particular topic, or just make the recipient smile. It's easy to set up, and Nancy Carroll Gravley shows you how.

OS X Photos: Using Split View

8:55 AM, Jul. 24th, 2015 · · Mac OS

Today we've got another Quick Tip for you about the Photos program, and in this one, we'll discuss how to use what's called Split View. This feature makes it easy as pie to view all of the images taken at the same time and place, so if you need to apply the same adjustments to a bunch of pictures at once, it's simple!

OS X Pages: Using Sections to Delete Document Pages

8:57 AM, Jul. 17th, 2015 · · Mac OS

If you've ever tried to delete a single page within a Pages document, you may have been confused to find that you couldn't do so without removing additional pages (or maybe your whole document!). In this Quick Tip, we'll go over why this is happening and what you can do to get those stubborn pages out of there.

Photos: Using the Tilt Wheel to Straighten

8:58 AM, Jul. 15th, 2015 · · Mac OS

Today we're going to discuss how to fix an image with an off-kilter horizon. It's pretty simple to do, but if what you like are big, obvious buttons that say "Straighten," well, then, you're gonna miss iPhoto on this one. Deciphering…interesting…Apple design choices is what we're gonna do in today's Quick Tip.