How to Securely Erase Your Mac’s SSD

It’s been awhile since I sold an old Mac. Back when I did that last, the Mac had a hard disk. Securely erasing a hard disk isn’t hard to do, and it’s been discussed in many places.These days, because SSDs have been an option for Macs for almost a decade, it’s very likely that you […]

Microsoft Windows 10 vs. Apple macOS: 18 security features compared

One of the quickest ways to troll IT security professionals is to proclaim that either Microsoft Windows computers or Apple Macs have better security. In reality, both OSes are adequately secure when operated with their default security settings along with their vendor’s best practice recommendations, but after decades of intense competition for passionate consumers, the […]

Researchers Uncover macOS and Safari Exploits at Pwn2Own 2018

The eighteenth annual CanSecWest security conference is underway in downtown Vancouver, Canada, where researchers are competing in the 11th Pwn2Own computer hacking contest for over $2 million in prizes. Day one results have already been published over at the Zero Day Initiative website, with a couple of successful Mac-related exploits already appearing in the list […]

Warning as Mac malware exploits climb 270%

Reputable anti-malware security vendor Malwarebytes is warning Mac users that malware attacks against the platform climbed 270 percent last year. The security experts also warn that four new malware exploits targeting Macs have been identified in the first two months of 2018, noting that many of these exploits were identified by users, rather than security […]

Meet Coldroot, a nasty Mac trojan that remotely steal passwords from your Apple device

Security experts have uncovered a malicious strain of malware dubbed “Coldroot” that is still undetectable by most antivirus software despite being uploaded to GitHub nearly two years ago. The remote access trojan (RAT) has been freely available on GitHub since 30 March, 2016 and was apparently “made with love” to “play with MAC users”. Patrick […]

Macs vulnerable to virtually undetectable virus that “can’t be removed”

A security researcher has discovered a way to infect Macs with malware virtually undetectable and that ‘can’t be removed.’ The attack, which has been called Thunderstrike, installs the malicious code into the Boot ROM of the system via the Thunderbolt port. Trammell Hudson, who works for hedge fund Two Sigma Investments and is also the creator […]

U.S. accounts for most Mac OS X attacks and websites seeded with malware

This year was a tough one for U.S. Apple users and U.S.-run websites, according to Kaspersky Lab’s year-in-review blog post. U.S. Apple users accounted for the largest portion of attacks on Mac OS X this year with 98,077 users being attacked, which accounted for 39 percent of all Mac OS X attacks Kaspersky documented. This […]

Google Chrome drops support for early Intel Macs

Google is rolling out Chrome browser version 39 to OS X users. This brings a big change – a shift from 32-bit to full and exclusive 64-bit support. By switching Chrome to 64-bit, Google hopes that it will be faster and use less memory. The update also patches over 40 vulnerabilities. But there is a […]

Google releases enterprise malware watchdog called ‘Santa’ for Mac OS

While some consumers find Apple’s XProtect anti-malware enough protection for their Mac, most enterprises running Apple machines don’t, including Google, which has developed its own lockdown software. Dubbed Santa, the software developed by Google’s Macintosh Operations Apple Team “keeps track of binaries that are naughty and nice”. Google released the tool on GitHub last week […]

Home Depot blames security breach on Windows OS

Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal published an in-depth look at The Home Depot’s recent security breach of its payment data systems, in which 56 million credit card accounts and 53 million email addresses of customers were compromised. A root cause of the security breach: a Windows vulnerability in the retailer’s main computer network. […]