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Apple releases security fix for Macs after iOS flaw

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Updated. First time Mac user. So far I like it. Meh, PC vs. Mac debate is dumb.

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These days I do more than 90% of all my computer work on iPads, two of them and I have started liking the iOS more than the OS X because it justs works and all the updates are just so easy including updating the iOS. I write, edit photo's, sketch and paint. Skype, FaceTime and messages to my family and friends across the globe. I still make my video edits on a desk top. I'm so happy that Apple came along with the iPads. I also keep a Mac mini server running with all my data which I can access from my iPads even when away from home. When travelling I use my iPad to listen to my music using a bluetooth headphones from which I can control all the settings so there's no need to even take my iPad out of the bag.

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Apple pretty much killed their "It just works on a Mac" with this... it's so stupidly unsecure.

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I've never had a problem with security or virus on any of my Apple computers or devices in the last 15 years of using them.

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zichi: You have had one and didn't know about it for the last 2-3 years :)

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zichi: You have had one and didn't know about it for the last 2-3 years :)

And what would it be? No one has gained access to any of my computers or devices and gained access to any info I didn't authorise?

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@zichi

Only reason why Apple computers don't have that much of a prolbem with viruses/securities is because hackers don't even bother to make viruses for Apple computers. Why should they spend hours and hours of work to create a virus for Mac when they represent small group compared to big windows group?

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zichi: For the last 2-3 years, everytime you used Safari, itunes, your Mac mail programs or anything that used the apple SSL stack (any apple app with networking) you were wide open for anyone to steal everything you input and wrote. Same deal for iphone.

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I call BS on the "don't bother to develop virus, ect...for Macs" defense rant - I've run ClamXav for years (free antivirus / malware scan for Macs), and (knock on wood - so far) been able to catch most of the crap before it causes a problem. More folks are using Macs, and more idiots are also developing Unix based crap to infect your systems. Complacency is the mother of all....well, you know.

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I agree with the comments about virus and I'm not saying if you use Apple there are no virus because of that and its because they aim at Windows PC because of the numbers involved and that bears out on my Apple mac mini because I also have both Windows 7&8. I also have Avast anti virus on Mac OS & Windows which catches the weekly virus which arrive on my windows which are in fact mostly from emails.

Repeat, I have had no problems with any of my Apple computers or devices which compares well with the years of problems I had with Windows since Windows 95.

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So Apple kept their major security flaw a secret until the day they came out with the patches. Gee, that's really classy.

No wonder President Obama once said he can't use an iPhone "because of security problems."

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@John Master

Only reason why Apple computers don't have that much of a prolbem with viruses/securities is because hackers don't even bother to make viruses for Apple computers. Why should they spend hours and hours of work to create a virus for Mac when they represent small group compared to big windows group?

And let's hope it stays that way! ;)

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The conventional wisdom that hackers don't bother developing viruses for Apple OS/Macs has been floating around since the days when it was true that Apple commanded only a small percentage of the PC market. Now that has not been the case for years, so why do people still believe it? Having said that, I do appreciate how relatively bug-free Apple stuff is compared to the Windows.machines that I do most of my work on. No viruses, knock wood, but crashes aplenty and incessant MS updates and bug fixes. So fix them already!.

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@gogogo...we get it, you hate Mac. Each to their own, but don't embellish on something you clearly know nothing about! When I had Windows machines, 4 in 5 years, I'm convinced it was their updates that killed each machine. 3 of them died in the same year. In 2009 I switched to Apple products, and have never looked back since! My iMac 24" (late 2009), is still running as fast and as smooth as the day I bought it! No problems with updates or security and I'm not convinced that this 'flaw' was anything to worry about.

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Thank you to those expressing concerns about this serious security flaw and today I updated both my iOS and OS X so I'm secure once again.

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JeffLeeF wrote:

No wonder President Obama once said he can't use an iPhone "because of security problems."

Pres. Obama said that because they won't let him use any mobile device. They took his Blueberry away from him when he became president. His staff takes care of his communications for him.

John Master wrote:

Only reason why Apple computers don't have that much of a prolbem with viruses/securities is because hackers don't even bother to make viruses for Apple computers. Why should they spend hours and hours of work to create a virus for Mac when they represent small group compared to big windows group?

This was one reason in the now gone era when Apple devices were, indeed, relatively rare. But the main reason has always been and still remains the fact that the system is inherently more difficult to compromise. Hackers don't bother because it's difficult.

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Upgrading to the "latest" OS doesn't necessarily guarantee you the "security" that you think you may have. Software is always complex and when generalized (unlike on aircraft... I hope), is prone to issues.

Anything posted across the internet is prone to interception and reuse. Basic fact, just made more difficult if encrypted.

Facebook, is a joke. Its a one stop shop to find out everything anyone needs to know about you. Likewise other similar "Social" Networks which will sell your privacy for a price.
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I've never had a problem with security or virus on any of my Apple computers or devices in the last 15 years of using them.

...that you know of. ;-)

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"Pres. Obama said that because they won't let him use any mobile device."

Wrong, He uses a couple of Blackberries. The wonks at the US Embassy in Tokyo also use BBs, I've noticed.

"But the main reason has always been and still remains the fact that the system is inherently more difficult to compromise."

Wrong again. a plethora of leading tech experts have been interviewed in reaction to this news, saying there is nothing inherently superior about Apple OSs with regards to security.

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While not perfect, Apple OS is the best available. I have had Macs for years now, never had any security problem whatsoever. The same for iPhones. Important to notice that this flaw "could" allow access to data, but from "could" to "did" is a world apart. Calm down, guys. Apple devices are safe and sound, as usual.

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" Important to notice that this flaw "could" allow access to data, but from "could" to "did" is a world apart."

And you are sure no one has accessed your data? Or do you simply "hope" so?

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There are many pictures on the internet of Obama using an iPad. His children use iPhones and he'll return to using one after being president.

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zichi: The US president ipad's are hardware neutered, they cut all networking off in the hardware.

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zichi: The US president ipad's are hardware neutered, they cut all networking off in the hardware.

I think you mean it can't directly connect to the internet but uses wifi to connect to the White House servers. So what happens when he's in his limo, on the plane.......?

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"So what happens when he's in his limo, on the plane.......?"

There's a website, covering this issue, showing him using a flip-phone in his limo, presumably on a dedicated network, and a Dell laptop on Air Force One, his aircraft. I believe he uses a Powerbook for lighter tasks like emails and Web browsing, etc.

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zichi: Google it, no networking, no wifi, no mobile, no signal, too much a security risk.

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Zichi and other Applers, NEVER SAY NEVER! Just because you do not know, or never realized your Iphone, Ipad etc...has ever been hacked into, etc...does not mean the CIA, NSA does NOT know your every move!

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@Elbuda: where did you read NEVER in our posts? Or is your bad English acting on you again?

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