OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 with SSL fix released

Mac users can now breathe a sigh of relief. Apple’s just released the latest security update for Mac OS X Mavericks: OS X 10.9.2. Now is the best time to update the OS on your Mac desktop or MacBook.

This is an essential update fixing an encryption bug that left users vulnerable to data security threats via Safari and other apps, including Mail and Messages. Put simply, the bug prevents OS X from validating encryption certificates from secure servers.

Exploiting this weak spot in software security, hackers could ‘listen in’ on encrypted connections, recording everything users do on Safari and affected apps. Certain apps even became capable of logging keystrokes and transmitting the data to remote servers.

The same hole in security was patched in iOS earlier this week. Security researchers and Mac enthusiasts have been demanding this security update for Mac OS X Mavericks for weeks, and, fortunately, the update is now available through the App Store.

Aside from fixing the encryption certification bug, the latest OS X update brings a host of enhancements and new features to your Mac, including:

  • The ability to make and receive audio calls through FaceTime
  • Call waiting support for FaceTime video and audio calls
  • The ability to block incoming iMessages from individual senders
  • Fixes for audio distortion on certain Macs

You should receive notifications of available OS updates from the App Store. All you have to do is download the update and it will install itself on your Mac.

If you’re experiencing other issues with your Mac’s performance, don’t hesitate to bring it by any MacMall retail store. We offer a wide variety of Mall on Call services, including diagnostics, virus removal, data recovery, and hardware upgrades. No appointments are needed, so feel free to have your Mac checked at our retail stores anytime.

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