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Mac OS High Sierra security bug discovered (Updated)

Apple are currently working to fix a serious bug which allows an unauthorised user gain access to a Mac running High Sierra.   The bug lets anyone log into an admin account using the username “root” with no password. This works when attempting to access an administrator’s account on an unlocked Mac, and it also provides access at the login screen of a locked Mac.   While Apple works on its fix, it suggests setting a root password to prevents unauthorised access to your Mac. “To enable the Root User and set a password, please follow the instructions here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204012. “If a Root User is already enabled, to ensure a blank password is not set, please follow the instructions from the ‘Change the root password’ section.”   Update: Apple released a security update to address the vulnerability. The update can be downloaded on all machines running macOS 10.3.1 using the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App... read more

Dropbox drops support for older systems

          On November 3, 2017, the Dropbox desktop application will no longer be available for download or install on devices that run the following operating systems: Mac: OS X 10.6, OS X 10.7, OS X 10.8 On January 16, 2018, Dropbox will completely stop supporting these versions. On this date, you’ll be automatically signed out of the Dropbox desktop application if you use it on a computer that runs one of these operating systems. You will no longer be able to access the Dropbox desktop application on that computer unless you update the operating system to a supported version. Note: You should still be able to access the Dropbox website (dropbox.com) from a computer that runs one of these operating systems. Why is this happening? Apple stopped providing security updates to OS X 10.8 in 2015 and keeps a list of obsolete devices. Thus the following versions of OS X are no longer supported for the Dropbox desktop app: OS X 10.6 OS X 10.7 OS X 10.8 Are my files still safe? Yes. If you’re using the Dropbox desktop app on a computer with one of these operating systems, and you choose not to update it, your files will remain in your Dropbox account. You can access them from another supported device, or on dropbox.com if you’re using a supported browser. What does this mean for me? When an operating system is no longer supported, the Dropbox application will stop syncing any changes. You’ll also be signed out of the Dropbox desktop app on that computer. To continue using the Dropbox desktop app on that computer after... read more

macOS High Sierra

  Apple have released the latest version of OSX which is compatible with the following Macs:   iMac: late 2009 or newer MacBook/MacBook (Retina): late 2009 or newer MacBook Pro: mid-2010 or newer MacBook Air: late 2010 or newer Mac Mini: mid-2010 or newer Mac Pro: mid-2010 or newer iMac Pro: 2017   New features include • Updated versions of Photos and Safari • High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) –  only available on certain Macs •  Apple File System (AFPS)     To run the system smoothly we suggest a minimum of 8GB RAM.  As with any system update, we recommend waiting until any essential software has been updated and making a full backup before installing.    ... read more

Eir broadband customers warned of modem security breach

Eir is warning customers that its modems have been compromised in a security breach. Customers are being advised to reset their devices after a security vulnerability identified on a limited number of Zyxel D100 and Zyxel P-660HN-T1A broadband modems.   A full statement and instructions are available here:... read more

Apple releases macOS Sierra

Apple have released macOS Sierra. It is now available to download from the App Store. You must have a compatible Mac in order to upgrade: •MacBook Pro (2010 and later) •MacBook Air (2010 and later) •Mac Mini (2010 and later) •Mac Pro (2010 and later) •MacBook (Late 2009 and later) •iMac (Late 2009 and later) Your existing Mac must be running OS X Mountain Lion v10.8 or later   RAM Apple recommend a minimum of 2GB, but we have found that performance is enhanced by upgrading to 8GB RAM or more. This is especially true when running software such as Adobe Creative Cloud.   Disk Space Apple recommend at least 8GB free disk space, but we find a better guide is if you have at least 10% free space on your hard drive. Before updating, make sure you have a full backup of your computer. The easiest was to do this is to use Time Machine. 1. Connect an empty external hard drive to your Mac. You may receive an alert asking if you want to use the drive to back up. If so, choose ‘Use as Backup Disk’. 2. If you don’t receive an alert, go to System Preferences – Time machine and Select Backup Disk. Choose your external drive. 3. Turn Time Machine on. Once your backup is complete you can continue with the macOS Sierra install. Install: 1. Open App Store 2. Click the Updates tab 3. Click the update for macOS Sierra 4. Your Mac will download and install the new system. When finished it will restart. As with any system update, we recommend waiting... read more

Another Mac malware threat identified

Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor is new OS X/macOS malware arising from a malicious third-party app called EasyDoc Converter, which poses as a drag-and-drop file converter.   Users that have already installed EasyDoc Converter can download anti-malware software Malwarebytes, which has already been updated to detect and remove... read more