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Detect FlashBack Malware in Mac OS X the Easy Way

Apr 9, 2012 - 18 Comments
Easy Flashback virus malware detection

Update: Apple has released an official update that removes Flashback with a Software Update. Download the latest Java updates from the OS X Software Update panel to automatically remove Flashback trojan malware. A new application has been released which makes checking a Mac for the Flashback malware infection as simple as clicking a button. This … Read More

8 Simple Tips to Secure a Mac from Malware, Viruses, & Trojans

Apr 7, 2012 - 71 Comments
Disable Java in Safari

The recent outbreak of the Flashback trojan (Apple released an update and fix, get it!) has brought a lot of attention to potential viruses and trojans hitting the Mac platform. Most of what you’ll read is overblown fear mongering hype, and practically all Mac malware has come through third party utilities and applications. What that … Read More

How to Check for the Flashback Trojan in Mac OS X

Apr 5, 2012 - 34 Comments
Check for Flashback Trojan

Update: Apple has released a Java software update that includes automatic detection and Flashback removal ability. Go to “Software Update” from the  Apple menu to download that update and automatically remove the trojan if you happen to have it on your Mac. Trojans and viruses are generally something Mac users don’t have to worry … Read More

Secure an iPad or iPhone with a Stronger Passcode

Mar 19, 2012 - 13 Comments
Secure Passcode on iPad

The default passcode for iPad and iPhone uses a fairly simple four digit numerical password, these are certainly better to use than nothing, but they can be somewhat easy to guess because statistically many people use common passwords or some variation of a simple theme, like a repetition, countdown, or birth year. An easy way … Read More

Password Protect Folders & Files in Mac OS X with Encrypted Disk Images

Jan 11, 2012 - 23 Comments
Password Protect a Folder and Files in Mac OS X

You can password protect files and folders in Mac OS X by using a trick with disk images. Here’s how it works; by placing files inside of an encrypted disk image, that disk image will work like a password protected folder and require a password before it’s mounted, preventing unauthorized access to all of the … Read More

How to Enable the Root User Account in Mac OS X

Jan 9, 2012 - 13 Comments
Directory Utility located within CoreServices

Password Protect Zip Files in Mac OS X

Jan 7, 2012 - 49 Comments
Zip Password in Mac OS X

Creating a password protected zip file is easy in Mac OS X and does not require any add-ons or downloads. Instead, use the zip utility that is bundled with all Macs. If you’re familiar with the command line, the syntax of the encrypted zip command is as follows: zip -e [archive] [file] For encrypting multiple … Read More

Disable Carrier IQ on iPhone, iPad, & iPod touch

Dec 1, 2011 - 3 Comments
Disable Carrier IQ on iPhone, iOS

If you’ve been following the Carrier IQ brouhaha and ensuing fallout, you might be interested to know that it’s very easy to disable the Carrier IQ service, logging, and reporting on iPhone or any other iOS device: Tap on “Settings” Go to “General” and tap on “About” Tap on “Diagnostics and Usage” Tap on “Don’t … Read More

Secure Keyboard Entry Adds More Security to the Terminal in Mac OS X

Dec 1, 2011 - 4 Comments
Secure Keyboard Entry in Mac OS X Terminal

Command line users who wish to add an additional layer of security to their keyboarding within Terminal app can find a helpful privacy feature built into the Mac client. Whether aiming for generally increasing security, if using a public Mac, or are simply concerned about things like keyloggers or any other potentially unauthorized access to … Read More

Monitor Network Connections in Mac OS X for Free with Private Eye

Oct 28, 2011 - 6 Comments
Private Eye open connections

Private Eye is a free real-time network monitor app for Mac OS X that is extremely easy to use. Upon launching the app, you’ll start to see all open network connections by application and process, and you can then filter connections by app, monitor all open connections, or watch only incoming or outgoing transfer. Connections … Read More

Bypass the iPad 2’s Passcode & Lock Screen with a Magnet or Smart Cover

Oct 20, 2011 - 9 Comments
Bypass the iPad 2 passcode

Well here’s a security flaw in iOS 5 that will quickly get patched: anyone with a magnet (or a Smart Cover) can bypass the iPad 2’s locked passcode screen and access whatever app was previously left open. The passcode bypass was discovered by 9to5mac, who recorded a video demonstrating the security breach (embedded below). From … Read More

Quick Fix to Prevent dscl Unauthorized Password Changes in OS X Lion

Sep 21, 2011 - 11 Comments
lock the dscl utility in os x lion

We recently wrote about the dscl utility and how it allows a Mac OS X Lion user to change a password without knowing the existing password. The lack of required admin authentication has since been widely reported as a bug, and a small Security Update will likely be issued by Apple sometime in the near … Read More

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