Best Buy put all Mac laptops and desktops on sale yesterday, Sunday May 13, 2012. Discounts range from $31 on Mac Minis to $280 on Mac Pros.
While Best Buy does discount their stock from time to time, the current discounts seem to be greater than previous weeks, especially on the laptop models. This sale appears to be online as well as in stores.
The Java security updates having been building up this week for Apple. Yesterday, they released a malware removal tool for those Lion machines that did not have a full Java install. According to a few sites, including TUAW, even though the computer did not have Java installed, that Mac could still be infected with the Flashback trojan. Apple indicated in their support article that it “is recommended for all OSX Lion users without Java installed.” They also shared that for some, the tool “may need to restart your computer to completely remove the Flashback malware.”
As with other updates, you can either visit the Apple support site, article DL1517, or you can simply run Software Update from System Preferences. The update is small, around 356 KB, and quick to install.
There are have been many articles about the virus "Flashback" and its impact on the Mac, including one written by this me on Examiner.com: Is it time for anti-virus on your Mac?. The numbers reported may seem large. However, statistics can be misleading and an ounce of prevention may be a better solution than an anti-virus software package at this point.
Apple seems to have patched this vulnerability within the last day or so with a Java update for Lion and Snow Leopard. The “however” here is the flaw seems to have been known for some time and a Windows patch was delivered back in February. Apple did take more time to update their Java install. It is out and available now, so patch your system soon. If you have not run a System Update, you can do so by:Read more
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