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Viewing Wi-Fi Details in Snow Leopard

In Snow Leopard, hold down the Option key before clicking the AirPort menu. Doing so reveals additional technical details including which standards, speeds, and frequencies you're using to connect, as well as what's in use by other networks. With the Option key held down and with a network already joined, the AirPort menu reveals seven pieces of information: the PHY Mode, the MAC (Media Access Control) address, the channel and band in use, the security method that's in use, the RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication) measurement, the transmit rate, and the MCS Index. In Leopard, some, but not all, of these details are revealed by Option-clicking the AirPort menu.

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Security Update 2015-002 (Mountain Lion, Mavericks, and Yosemite)

Patches the FREAK vulnerability to prevent interceptions of SSL/TLS-encrypted traffic. (Free, various sizes)

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Security Update 2015-001 (Mountain Lion and Mavericks)

ClamXav 2.7.2

Logic Pro X 10.1

Coda 2.5.2

CrashPlan 3.7

Moneydance 2015

Typinator 6.4

Little Snitch 3.5.1

ChronoAgent 1.5

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Quicken 2015 for Mac 2.3.1

Evernote 6.0.5

GraphicConverter 9.5

Mellel 3.3.7

Typinator 6.3.1

Pixelmator 3.3.1

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