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 as part of its system, although Reddit itself hasn't been hacked.

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

5:45 PM, Sep. 29th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

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 · · Mountain Lion

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.

Dock Folder Shortcuts: How Do They Work?

8:32 AM, Sep. 12th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

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.

Safari for the Mac: Finding the Wallpaper File

8:45 AM, Sep. 10th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

When you choose "Use Image as Desktop Picture" in Safari, where does that file live? How do you get to the image on your Mac if you can't find it again on the Web? We're here to tell you how and to answer all of your questions. Well, not ALL of them. No, we don't know what the meaning of life is.

Pages: Locking Objects in Place

8:45 AM, Sep. 5th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

For today's article, Melissa Holt is going to go over locking objects in place, one of her favorite features in Apple's Pages program. She has also mentioned that she may include a bonus tip on grouping and ungrouping multiple items, so come on in and join the fun.

How to Use Sticky Keys in OS X

8:00 AM, Sep. 3rd, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

If you've never poked around within the Accessibility pane of System Preferences, you really should, as it contains all sorts of features for helping out people who have trouble interacting with the Mac. For today's Quick Tip, we're going to cover a little-known option that can assist folks with dexterity issues.