Monthly Archives: April 2015

‘No iOS Zone’ flaw may crash unpatched iOS devices

BurnIconXA bug exists in iOS 8 that will allow a maliciously configured Wi-Fi hotspot to crash any iOS device that connects to it. The flaw, was found by security researchers at Skycure, and operates by manipulating SSL certificates. When your iPhone or iPad connects to one of these hotspots, it may suddenly restart, and then continue doing so in a loop as long as it attempts to reconnect to the same hotspot. Continue reading

Manage a Mac pausing during Setup Assistant

SetupAssistantIconXIf you set up a new Mac with a clean installation of OS X Yosemite, then you might find yourself in a situation where the OS X Setup Assistant utility pauses and hangs with the spinning color wheel. This may persist for minutes on end, and have you assuming the setup has failed, requiring you to manually reset your Mac. However, when you do so, the same behavior persists. Continue reading

Rootpipe vulnerability still affects Macs despite patch

SecurityIconXDespite having issued an update that patches the recent security flaw in OS X called “rootpipe,” security researchers are demonstrating that OS X is still open to this ongoing vulnerability. Rootpipe is a backdoor flaw in OS X where a hacker can break the OS X sandboxing rules that isolate running processes. In doing so, a program that does not have admin access can gain these privileges and get full root privileges to the system. Continue reading

How to partition a hard drive in OS X using Core Storage

HardDriveIconXWhen you set up an external drive for use with your Mac, you may wish to partition it for various uses. For instance, you might want to isolate automatic Time Machine backups from manual ones. The classic way to do this on a single drive is to use Disk Utility to partition it, where you split the drive into two or more logical volumes that the system sees as separate file systems. Since OS X supports Apple’s CoreStorage volume management technology, if you wish to do this then you can do so via classic partitioning, as well as through CoreStorage. Continue reading

Remove caches to fix a slow Finder in OS X 10.10.3

FinderIconYosemiteXAfter upgrading to OS X 10.10.3, you may find that navigating the Finder can be arduously slow at times, where the contents of folders you open may take a while to display, and otherwise scrolling and navigating may be overall sluggish. If this occurs, then you can likely fix it by clearing some Finder-related cache information from your Mac. Continue reading

Enable a power charging indicator sound on your MacBook when plugged in

SoundIconXFor Mac systems with Magsafe adapters, wall power status has mostly been identifiable by simply looking at your power adapter connector. In doing so, an indicator light of orange or green will tell you both that you are receiving power, and that you are either charging or are fully charged. There is no default sound to indicate attachment to wall power; however, if you have OS X Yosemite installed and are keeping your system up to date, then you have the option to enable one. Continue reading