Apple Block Flash on the Mac Following Major Security Exploit

36 minutes ago · · Mountain Lion

Apple has updated its Flash Player blacklist again, this time blocking versions lower than 16.0.0.296 and 13.0.0.264. The move follows a zero-day exploit currently targeting Windows PCs that could also potentially go after Macs, too.

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If you don't need Flash Player on your Mac, don't install it. Flash is an ongoing security headache that doesn't seem to be improving despite Adobe's constant updates.

OS X: How to Merge Calendars

8:50 AM, Jan. 20th, 2015 · · Mountain Lion

Today we're going to go over an often-overlooked feature of the Calendar program: using the import/export feature to merge two calendars into one. This is a great way to clean up your calendar list, because let's face it, not many people need 15 color-coded calendars! We'll give you the skinny here in this Quick Tip.

OS X: Using Icons from System Preferences

8:45 AM, Dec. 11th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

In today's Quick Tip, we're going to learn how to find and use high-quality icons for items that appear in System Preferences. So for example, if you need to send someone instructions or want to refer to a particular preference pane in any documentation, you'll be able to access large (up to 1024x1024!) and attractive versions of those icons. Neat, huh? We think so.  

OS X: Removing Adware with AdwareMedic

8:43 AM, Dec. 3rd, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

For today's Quick Tip, we're going to cover how to find and remove adware on your Mac using a great little utility called AdwareMedic. So if you're constantly seeing bizarre pop-up ads or if your home page is now some Russian promo site for Viagra, this should help!

Apple Blocks Outdated Flash Players Over Security Issues [Update]

9:44 AM, Nov. 21st, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

Flash Bugs

Apple updated the Web plugin blocking system in OS X on Thursday to prevent outdated versions of Adobe Flash Player from launching. The change means you'll need Adobe Flash Player 15.0.0.223 to view Flash content in Safari on OS X.

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New Flash security flaws are cropping up all the time, so if you need it on your Mac, be sure you're always running the latest version.

Apple Adds iWorm to Xprotect Malware Definition List for OS X

11:13 AM, Oct. 6th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

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 · · Mountain Lion

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 · · Mountain Lion

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.