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Laptop Recovery Software Uses Wi-Fi and Flickr

GadgetTrak releases a Mac OS X laptop-recovery program that uses Wi-Fi positioning to identify a missing machine's location and Flickr to upload images of the thief.

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A Crack in Wi-Fi Security and How To Fix It

Security researchers have found a small hole they can exploit in the weaker of two modern methods of securing Wi-Fi. The problem shouldn't affect home users or small businesses, and there's an easy fix anyone with new enough hardware can apply.

Joe Kissell No comments

Securing Your Disks with PGP Whole Disk Encryption

For the first time since the days of Mac OS 9, ordinary Mac users can now encrypt their entire startup disks using a new product from PGP. Joe Kissell examines this new capability to determine if it's the best thing since partitioned hard disks, or just another tool for keeping your data safe.

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EMC Releases MozyPro Backup for Business

Mozy (now part of EMC) has been, for a couple of years, one of the least-expensive ways to back up your Mac online. Now the service has expanded to include a version for businesses with additional features (and, naturally, higher prices).

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TidBITS Outage Causes Editors Outrage

An inexplicable error took us offline for a few hours Tuesday. We're back, mystified, and working to figure out what happened. How can a previously reliable system and two backups all fail?

Adam Engst No comments

Older Mac Pros Toxic or Just Smelly?

A problem with Mac Pros manufactured before 2008 has gained new life after a recent article in a French newspaper claims the machines are emitting volatile organic compounds, including the carcinogen benzene.

Joe Kissell No comments

Monster List of Mac Backup Software Updated

New and updated backup programs have been coming out of the woodwork, and Joe Kissell recently updated his online list to reflect the latest truth.

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SugarSync Sweetens Online Syncing

This recently updated service offers nicely implemented, cross-platform, online file synchronization. But the coolest part is their new iPhone app, which lets you do tricks like emailing files on your computer from your phone.

Rich Mogull No comments

MobileMe Web Interface Insecure, But Other Apps Get It Right

MobileMe's Web interface doesn't use SSL to protect your communications, a major security blunder. But iCal, Mail, and iChat default to secure connections.

Mark H. Anbinder No comments

Microsoft Office 2008 and 2004 Receive Updates

Microsoft has released updates for Office 2004 and Office 2008, providing bug fixes and other improvements, as well as important patches for vulnerabilities in the software. Meantime, the company is offering a discount price on Office 2008 when purchased with a Mac, through 08-Sep-08.

Adam Engst No comments

More Photo Backup Options While Traveling

Although Adam's approach for backing up photos while traveling worked well for him, readers suggest some different approaches that might work well in other situations.

Adam Engst No comments

Backing up Photos While Traveling

When you're on vacation, backing up your Mac probably isn't high on your list of things to do. But you should protect your vacation photos, which could easily disappear with a slip in the ocean or a lost piece of luggage. Here's how (complete with some pictures of our recent trip to Wales).

Glenn Fleishman No comments

DNS Clients Have Small Vector of Risk after Patch

The SANS Institute finds that Apple's patch for a flaw in the DNS protocol doesn't fix client resolver software, leaving Macs vulnerable to a far-less-likely outcome.

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Apple Finally Fixes DNS Flaw and ARDAgent Vulnerability

Install Security Update 2008-005 now! Apple has finally released a security fix for a serious DNS flaw that's being exploited in the wild. The update also includes fixes for other serious vulnerabilities.

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Secure Your DNS Since Apple Hasn’t

You can update your Mac's flawed DNS software in advance of Apple releasing a critical, necessary, and overdue fix. But do so at your own risk. (This article is now obsolete.)