Mac Goodness: Encrypted Volumes – Protect your data!

200904082152.jpg I just found out about a feature in Mac OS X that I think is absolutely great — the ability to create encrypted volumes to store confidential data. My father and I needed to exchange some sensitive financial information over the internet recently and we both looked around for a solution to do this securely with email. Of course, much to our confusion/delight, there are a ton of solutions out there. One of the solutions I found was to create an encrypted disk volume — we didn’t use this particular method for our email exchange, but there isn’t saying anything that we could not have.

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Mac trojan horse discovered in pirated Photoshop | Macworld

As reported on Macworld – OSX.Trojan.iServices.B, the second trojan to be found in the wild, has been identified by Intego.applevirus.png

[From Mac trojan horse discovered in pirated Photoshop | Macworld]

Here we go folks – these will start to come fast and furious now that someone has done some of the ground work. Make sure you get your software from known entities and not pirates. Keep in mind that you do still have to approve of any application to be installed on your Mac – so if you install one of these, it’s your own fault. So far these are trojans and not viruses – so the threat to your machine is limited. However, I would think that you’ll want to start protecting your Mac investments now rather than waiting for a real virus to show up.

Get your copy of ClamXav here.

-JT

The latest Mac Trojan can be avoided by not pirating software

I couldn’t agree more with the title of this blog entry from MacMerc.com:

An Intego Security Alert warns of a new exploit to threaten the tranquility of the Mac universe: OSX.Trojan.iServices.A Trojan Horse. [From The latest Mac Trojan can be avoided by not pirating software]

The first documented case of a Trojan for the Mac ‘in the wild’.

Do yourself a favor and get your ClamXav here.

UPDATED: ClamXav has already been updated for this trojan. Click here for info.

Hackintosh and 10.5.6

Felt a little brave today and decided to attempt a 10.5.6 upgrade of my machine on the first day of the OS release.  Using the directions that I’ve posted about before, I was able to successfully upgrade with only a couple of gotchas.

Remember – backup everything first!  I again used SuperDuper and my handy-dandy Acom Firewire drive to ensure that I could bring back my existing setup.

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