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New Mac Trojan installs silently, no password required

A new Mac OS X Trojan referred to as OSX/Crisis silently infects OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and OS X 10.7 Lion. The threat was created in a way that is intended to make reverse engineering more difficult, an added extra that is more common with Windows malware than it is with Mac malware.

July 24, 2012 by

Quick protection for older Macs from the Flashback trojan

Most modern Macs have Java installed, so they could be vulnerable to the Flashback. While Apple posted a security fix for Mac OS X Lion and Mac OS X Snow Leopard, there are many millions of Macs running older software. Still there's an easy way to prevent a Java drive-by attack, besides pulling the plug.

April 8, 2012

Apple updates Mac OS X after DigiNotar break-in

Apple has released security updates for its Mac OS X operating system, in a bid to mitigate the damage caused by the DigiNotar break-in.Security Update 2011-005 for the Snow Leopard and Lion versions of the OS was made available on Friday.

September 12, 2011 by

Mac security hardening tips from the NSA

The National Security Agency (NSA) offers "Hardening Tips for Mac OS X 10.6 'Snow Leopard,' a tri-fold security brochure for the agency's Information Assurance Mission. It's packed with useful tips.

August 25, 2011

Run virtualized Snow Leopard and Rosetta on Lion?

Some Lion users miss their older Rosetta-dependent applications, which didn't make the cut in the latest Apple OS upgrade. However, a recent tip says that with a little effort — a download or two — it is possible to run Snow Leopard, the Rosetta Power-PC emulation libraries, and your older apps on a Lion machine.

August 16, 2011 by

Watch out for little gotchas in the Lion upgrade

As operating system upgrades go, my move from OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) to 10.7 (Lion) has been remarkably smooth, with only a few minor glitches. I've got details, including what to do if you're confronted with a confusing Java dialog box and why Sonos owners should wait.

July 20, 2011

Apple releases 'Mac Defender' security update

Apple has just released a security update for Mac OS X that is designed to detect and remove Mac Defender malware. But unless you're running the latest 'Snow Leopard' version, you're outta luck.

May 31, 2011

Apple issues iMac and MacBook Pro updates

Apple has released updates for its iMac and MacBook Pro ranges that will address a number of issues with the devices.The update for the newly released iMac includes general operating system fixes for Snow Leopard — Mac OS X 10.

May 6, 2011 by

Apple updates Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server

Apple recently released two updates to Snow Leopard Server: the Mac OS X Server v10.6.4 Update, a general package of reliability and security fixes as well as several new features, and Wiki Server Update 1.0, which comes as a separate installer.

July 25, 2010 by

When Snow Leopard is slow to sleep

Sometimes Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard can be slow to sleep. This can be annoying, since if you're putting a notebook to sleep, it's likely that you want to get going and quickly. A post on the Apple Toolbox blog points out a number of culprits and remedies — the list ain't short.

July 12, 2010 by

Flash Player 'Gala' supported by Mac OS X 10.6.3

Despite all of their past tiffs, Adobe and Apple still somehow manage to find ways to make their respective technologies compatible. No, this isn't about the iPad, but rather the most recent version of Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6.3.

April 28, 2010 by

Snow Leopard Server

Snow Leopard Server includes major updates to some of the OS's core components and is now fully 64-bit. Ease of use, plus simple and affordable licensing make OS X a viable alternative to Microsoft's Windows Server 2008, although we had problems with one or two features.

January 4, 2010 by

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