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Malware detection is a losing battle

BurnIconXAs personal computing took off in the 80s, people progressively relied upon security software to remove viruses, trojans, spyware, and other malicious software from their systems. For a couple of decades, it seemed such software was a necessity, especially for platforms that suffered a larger onslaught of malware than others (namely Windows and the classic Mac OS, in comparison to OS X). Malware is still an ongoing and major problem; however, it appears that this classic approach to stemming the flow of malware is a progressively failed effort. Continue reading

Time Capsule and AirPort Extreme firmware update fixes Heartbleed bug

WiFiIconXWhile Apple’s online services were unaffected by the recent Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability, its 2013-model AirPort and Time Capsule base stations were subject to the bug, and could allow for interception of sensitive data for encrypted connections to iCloud services such as Apple’s Back To My Mac feature. Continue reading

OpenSSL Heartbleed bug demands password changes

SecurityIconXIf you have not heard of the the recent “Heartbleed” bug, this Web snafu is an oversight in the encryption layer commonly used by many Web sites for security, which allows attackers to exploit security keys and gain access to sensitive data.

The flaw exists in OpenSSL, where in an encrypted connection one computer will send out a heartbeat packet that requests a response from the other, to inform each that the connection is still alive. Continue reading