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Smarter Parental Controls

If you've been using the parental controls options in Mac OS X to lock your child out of using a particular computer late at night, but would like to employ a more clever technique to limit Internet access, turn to MAC address filtering on an Apple base station.

To do this, launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, and click Manual Setup. In the Access Control view, choose Time Access to turn on MAC filtering. You'll need to enter the MAC address of the particular computer, which (in 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard) you can find in the Network System Preferences pane: click AirPort in the adapter list, and click Advanced. The AirPort ID is the MAC address.

 
 

Security Update 2004-12-02 Released

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Security Update 2004-12-02 Released -- Apple continues to release security updates, with Security Update 2004-12-02 rolling in fixes for numerous potential exploits. The improvements update the Apache Web server, the Cyrus IMAP server, Kerberos, the Postfix mail server, QuickTime Streaming Server, Safari, and Terminal, along with several low-level frameworks. Although none of the vulnerabilities seem particularly serious, it's always worth staying up-to-date on security patches to help prevent problems. Security Update 2004-12-02 is available via Software Update (sizes range between 12 MB and 24 MB depending on operating system version), and it's available as separate downloads as well for the client and server versions of Mac OS 10.2.8 and Mac OS X 10.3.6.

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It's worth noting in passing that Apple also recently released a minor update to iCal to plug a security hole surrounding alarms that open programs or send email. iCal 1.5.4 is also available via Software Update and as a standalone download; it's 8.2 MB. [ACE]

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