As Apple becomes more and more popular, more attempts are made to access private information. Apple has devised a clever way to hide cookies from other web sites who are trying to peek into your browsing history.
According to a technical online magazine channel insider [ci], this update has important security changes:
…including the vulnerabilities with Open Directory that had been introduced this summer with the release of Lion, the latest Mac OS X operating system. The various flaws in Open Directory allowed people to read other users’ password hashes, change passwords without having to know the old password and log into the system without a password, according to Wisniewski. The OS X update also fixed how Web cookies are stored and handled so that malicious sites can no longer read information stored on them.
NOTE: If the computer is using Parallels for Mac to emulate Microsoft Windows sessions, this process is more complicated and needs a consultant to avoid long calls to Parallels Support. Typically the Parallels forums could be a good place to start BEFORE updating Apple software. This latest update to Apple computers should be downloaded and installed as quickly as possible.
The best practice for this is to close out of all programs, saving any work that was open and then choosing the Apple icon on the upper left corner of the screen. For details, please see Apple’s article on this:
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