Two zero-day vulnerabilities discovered by Italian teen that can give hackers remote access to your Mac
Two newly-discovered zero-day vulnerabilities in OS X, discovered by 18-year-old Italian Luca Todesco, could give hackers remote access to your Mac. The find comes just days after Apple issued an update to patch a local privilege escalation vulnerability.
Creating a passcode for individual applications should be a built-in feature for all devices. Jailbreakers and Android users are probably aware of tweaks and applications that may do this for your mobile device. But what about your Mac? Well, using Mac App Blocker you can password protect individual applications, with an added security ingrained in the software.
Your password is the virtual key used to lock and unlock your computer, bank account, Facebook login, or Wi-Fi network. With so many passwords floating around in your head it’s pretty commonplace to forget which one is which. Apple designed iCloud Keychain to make accessing all of your passwords across all of your devices pretty easy. But you can access your Wi-Fi passwords just using Terminal as well.
Apple has vowed to eliminate the Thunderstrike 2 exploit in Macs “as soon as possible,” according to The Guardian. The promise comes just days after the firmware worm was first made public by a team of security researchers at LegbaCorp.
It’s a pretty well-known fact that Steve Jobs wasn’t the biggest fan of Adobe Flash. He explains his reasoning at length, and it is for these reasons that Safari doesn’t come with Flash already enabled, nor do iPhones, iPads, or iPods natively support Flash. With its ongoing and recent security issues it may be time for everyone to rethink their acceptance of Adobe Flash. For Mac owners that use Google Chrome instead of Safari as their primary browser, you can disable Flash as well.
Apple will refresh its iMac lineup with faster processors and improved displays this quarter, according to a new report from reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The new models are expected to bring great color saturation using an LED phosphor material called “KSF.”
Google Chrome may offer more features than Safari, and is the best option for those who use multiple platforms. But it should be avoided if you use a notebook and rely on good battery life. A new study has confirmed that Google’s browser drains more of your MacBook’s energy than its rivals.