Rick Stawarz

Major security bug, and the fix

Rick Stawarz

Many pixels have been spilled describing the huge security scare which emerged last week. The bug allows internet bad guys who are on your wireless network to "listen in" on your web browsing, even if that website is encrypted with SSL; and yes, this is a big deal

The good news is that if you're surfing the web on a password protected network, you're most likely fine. But let's be honest; we're not fine with "most likely."

The better news is that Apple released software updates to squash this nasty bug. iPhones and iPads running iOS 6 or 7, and Macs running Lion, Mountain Lion, or Mavericks can all be fixed simply by updating your software. 

  1. Update your Mac.
  2. Update your iPhone and iPad.

What can we learn from this? For starters, Apple isn't perfect. We Macinstructors probably love Apple at unhealthy levels, but realistically, it's a company made by humans -- and we're not so super at being flawless. Secondly, this only reinforces that it's never really a good idea to do your banking on a public wireless network. Online transactions of any sort need to be conducted on trusted, secure networks. Thirdly, we can trust that Apple will act in the customer's best interest and push out security fixes relatively fast.

If you would like to invite Macinstructor to your home or company to talk about safe browsing practices and security, feel free to let us know

UPDATE: Macworld has a wonderful FAQ about this whole debacle. View here.

I am an Apple Certified Support Professional with over a decade of experience supporting families, schools, and businesses. Tech has always captured my imagination, but it's not my only passion. I'm an ordained Anglican minister;  Aeropress is a daily ritual of mine; I've driven across Mongolia; and I'm the father of three girls. I hope to provide for you a balanced and realistic perspective into the practicality of technology.