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  • Bugs and Fixes: updates to Windows iTunes, Java, and Internet Explorer

    By Jon L. Jacobi | 01 November, 2013 12:41

    Update, update, update: Form that habit now, if you haven't already, to keep up with security fixes. The latest include the usual tweaks to fend off malicious attacks, and a fix to Java that should prevent it from disabling itself constantly. That would be nice.

  • Automator workflow of the month: Easily encrypt folders

    By Christopher Breen | 29 July, 2013 14:10

    You can use Apple's Disk Utility to convert a folder into an encrypted disk image--a protected archive that you unlock with a password. Such images are particularly helpful when you're working on confidential company documents away from the office or when your business card reads: International Person of Mystery. But the truth is that creating encrypted disk images with Disk Utility is cumbersome. Thankfully, with a simple Automator workflow, you can secure documents in an instant. It works like this:

  • Switch to Mac: Security basics

    By Rich Mogull | 05 July, 2013 14:54

    When it comes to your security, the latest versions of Windows and OS X are comparable, but you still have a few key differences and settings to become familiar with.

  • Just how snoop-proof is your Mac?

    By Christopher Breen | 27 May, 2013 19:46

    Reader Evan Katz wonders just how safe the data on his Mac is. He writes:

  • How to track a lost computer with Find My Mac

    By Serenity Caldwell | 19 April, 2013 14:53

    If your computer is stolen or otherwise liberated from your possession, don't despair: If you've remembered to enable Find My Mac, you can track it, remotely lock it, and even send messages to your Mac's screen.

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Warning: Tips for secure mobile holiday shopping

I’m dating myself, but I remember when holiday shopping involved pouring through ads in the Sunday paper, placing actual phone calls from tethered land lines to research product stock and availability, and actually driving places to pick things up. Now, holiday shoppers can do all of that from a smartphone or tablet in a few seconds, but there are some security pitfalls to be aware of.