During WWDC 2014, Apple unveiled the next iteration of its Mac OS X operating system, OS X 10.10 codename OS X Yosemite. Apple also promised to release OS X Yosemite beta for everyone. Keeping its promise, Apple opened the doors of OS X Yosemite beta program. If you have a compatible Mac you can download and install OS X Yosemite Beta to test a preview of the operating system.
Apple unveiled the next Mac operating system update, OS X Yosemite (OS X 10.10) recently at WWDC 2014. During the WWDC 2014 keynote, Apple showed everyone the new features, what to expect from OS X 10.10 and many other details of the upcoming Mac operating system. Apple also announced availability of OS X 10.10 Yosemite for beta testing to the developers. Since OS X Yosemite announcement, many Mac users are asking the inevitable question that comes first in their mind, “Will OS X Yosemite run on my Mac?”. Well, here’s the answer to your question, Official Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10 system requirements. The information is what Apple has provided to everyone. It may change later (not likely though) during the release of OS X Yosemite to the public.
Apple at WWDC 2014, unveiled OS X 10.10 Yosemite, the successor of the popular desktop operating system Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks. The OS X 10.10 “Yosemite” is named after the popular National Park in California. The OS X 10.10 desktop operating system update not only breaks the usual trend of using members of the cat family for Mac OS X naming, it also comes with a fresh redesigned minimal interface. As you’ll find out in this post, the new changes brings OS X more close to merge with iOS.
VirusTotal is an online virus scanner for malware analysis by Google. It is widely used around the world to analyze suspicious files and URLs. VirusTotal uses a simple concept of scanning a suspicious file or URL using more than 50 malware scanners. If you regularly download from the Internet, your regular antivirus installed on your computer or Mac, is not enough to offer you 100% security. To be 100% sure that the file you just downloaded is free of any malware, a second opinion is always welcomed. That’s where online malware scanners like VirusTotal fit themselves. It’s not a replacement for your antivirus software as it is not installed and neither have any real-time scanner. Once you upload a suspicious file for scanning using the web interface, VirusTotal uses more than 50 scanners to analyze the file and tell you if the suspicious file is infected with any virus, worm, trojan, or any other kind of malware. For some Mac users, using the online web interface of the service to upload files for scanning is not very convenient. For them, the service has released a new desktop tool called VirusTotal Uploader for OS X.
Apple released iTunes 11.2 and OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 update recently. After installing the updates, OS X Mavericks users found that the /Users folder appeared missing. Although there’s a way to manually restore the folder but it involved running a single command on the Terminal (more about it later). Apple quickly released iTunes 11.2.1 update for OS X users to fix the /Users and /Users/Shared folders missing bug. The bug can allow a local user compromise other local user accounts. The issue mainly occurred when Find My Mac is enabled in iCloud system. The latest iTunes update is available only for Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later users. The latest version of iTunes for Windows still remains at iTunes 11.2 as Windows users are unaffected by the bug.
The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 4.1.2, an alternative of Microsoft Office 2013 or Microsoft Office 365 for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. This is the second minor release of the LibreOffice 4.1 family, which features a large number of improved interoperability features with proprietary and legacy file formats.
The new release is another step forward in the process of improving the overall quality and stability of LibreOffice 4.1. For enterprise adoptions, The Document Foundation suggests LibreOffice 4.0.5 (with 4.0.6 expected soon), supported by certified professionals.
Apple has released OS X 10.8.4 update to fix bugs and close many security holes. The update includes Safari 6.0.5 update which fixes security issues found in the browser. A security update for earlier Mac OS X versions, Security Update 2013-002, was also released along.
According to the security advisory released by Apple, OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.4 and Security Update 2013-002 update fixes 31 vulnerabilities in the operating system. Further 26 security issues were fixed in Safari 6.0.5.
With more and more zero-day vulnerabilities are uncovered which is affecting Oracle’s Java plugin, users are now often asking how to disable Java or remove Java from their Windows computers or Mac platform.
Looking at the increasing number of zero-day flaws that are getting uncovered, its advised that you do not to install Java at all, if you never felt the need of it. If you need Java for some important work, then you should only enable it when you need it. For the rest of the time you should keep Java plugin disabled in your browsers and you should also disable Java on Windows or OS X operating system.
Apple has released OS X Lion 10.7.4 update that features a number of security fixes, general improvements and Safari browser update. If you’re running OS X Lion 10.7.3 or earlier, just run the Software Update app and download 10.7.4 update.
With the latest update the Cupertino company have fixed the FileVault vulnerability, which left users’ FileVault passwords stored outside of encryption in easy to read plain text. Before you start worrying, not every OS X user is having this issue. This issue only occurs if an OS X user have upgraded from a previous installation of Snow Leopard to Lion. If your Mac came installed with OS X Lion as standard, then your Mac is safe from this issue.
Apple’s Mac platform is always promoted as one of the safest platform than the competition. But the scenario is changing soon as Macs market share is growing. With its growth, the platform is now becoming a target just like its competition.
According to two independent security companies, Dr. Web and Kaspersky, an estimated 600,000 Mac computers worldwide are infected by the Flashback Trojan. Most infected Macs are based in the United States (around 55%), Canada (around 20%) and the UK (around 13%). The trojan is designed to steal personal information and disguises itself as the popular Adobe Flash browser plug-in.