December 18, 2004

Delay installing the 10.3.7 update... reports that about 28% of around 2000 respondents had "major" problems after installing Apple's 10.3.7 update. So, for now, TeachTech recommends holding off on that update.

June 07, 2004

Security Update from Apple completes the job...

It looks like Apple completed the job of patching the security flaw mentioned earlier. All Macintosh users should run the Software Update Utility from the System Preferences and install all the security updates up to and including the one with today's date, June 7, 2004.

May 22, 2004

Security Flaw Patched by Apple

As expected, Apple has posted the fix for the security flaw. You can install it by using the Software Update feature in your System Preferences. Let me know if you need help.

May 19, 2004

Mac Security Flaw Surfaces

A serious security flaw in Mac OS X showed up today. Mac OS 9 users are not affected. It could allow unscrupulous webmasters the ability to delete your home folder and everything in it just by visiting a webpage.

For now web browsing could be dangerous.


Apple will issue a fix soon. Not sure when.

There is a band-aid fix available. Email me if you want it and I will attach it or come over and install it. Here is the link to the fix file if you want to do it yourself:

Create a dummy user just for web browsing and don't run your web browsers from your main account.

May 18, 2004

Another Mac Trojan Horse Rides into Town

There is a Mac Trojan Horse that will erase your home folder in OS X. But unless you download and launch the file that says it will install Microsoft Office for free you won't suffer from it. Looks like a no brainer to avoid.

Remember, if you are unsure about an email or download, give me a call or email and we'll check it out.

April 11, 2004

Wired News: OS X Trojan Horse Is a Nag

Wired News: OS X Trojan Horse Is a Nag

There was some discussion about a Mac virus/trojan horse this week. While having anti-virus software installed and up to date is the professional's choice, this one is no big worry. This link will tell you about it.

January 09, 2004

Watch out for "Brand Spoofing" Email Messages!

Brand Spoofing is new form of identity theft. It works like this. You get an email message from a company (like, Ebay, Earthlink or AOL) that looks very real but is NOT. The message states that there is something wrong with your account or something needs to be verified. Don't fall for it.

In the email you directed to click a button which launches your web browser and takes you to another very real looking web site but it is NOT real either. There you find a form for entering your personal info like passwords, credit card numbers, you name it. If you follow directions, they have all your information and can use it fraudulently.

Beware of these emails! Real companies do not solicit information in this way.