Monthly Archives: August 2015

Feeling burnt by MacKeeper? Claim a refund

MacKeeperIconXIf you have purchased the MacKeeper utility suite for your Mac and are finding it does not perform its functions as advertised, then you can now make a claim for a refund of your purchase.

MacKeeper has developed a reputation as one of the more notorious software packages for OS X, which offers tools for repairing, cleaning, and securing Mac OS systems. Continue reading

Overcome Gatekeeper automatically re-enabling in OS X Yosemite

SecurityIconXThe Gatekeeper feature in OS X is a security measure that adds a layer of protection by only allowing Apple-approved apps to run, be they either from members of Apple’s developer community, or apps that are distributed in the App Store. This feature should be enabled by default, but if desired you can change Gatekeeper’s behavior, or disable it altogether. However, some OS X 10.10 users have found that after a while, Gatekeeper may re-enable automatically. Continue reading

Apple’s Swift programming language now available in Mandarin

SwiftIconWhen it comes to developing code, if you have limited English knowledge then you might find yourself not only frustrated with the programming logic, but also the fact that you will have to pick up enough English to understand what is being typed. However, with Apple’s new easy-to-learn programming language Swift, a new project has translated the language into Mandarin Chinese, making it easier to pick up for people who speak this language with not much English. Continue reading

How to manage your Messages histories in OS X

NewMessagesIconXWhen using Messages in OS X to chat with friends and colleagues, the program will save a record of your message contents, to then keep a history of your conversation that you can review at a later point. While immediate conversation messages may be on Apple’s servers and synchronize to your devices, once this is done they will be gone, so your device retains the history so you can browse and search it if needed. Continue reading

DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE exploit found in the wild for OS X

BurnIconXA vulnerability exists in OS X where an attacker can take advantage of a routine that is generally intended for logging, and overwrite system files. In doing so, the attacker can modify the system to allow bypassing of OS X’s security measures and give full “root” access to malware installers. The result of this is further modification to an affected Mac can be performed without any indication or authentication requirement. Continue reading