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Macintosh Security

Operating System Updates:

OS X

  • On a Mac running OS X you should ensure that the operating system and applications are kept up-to-date as regards security and bug-fixing updates issued by Apple
    • Users of older versions of OS X should use Software Update (from System Preferences) to configure 'Automatically check for updates when you have a network connection'. This can be set to Daily, Weekly or Monthly. More information is available from Apple.
    • Mountain Lion or later users should use App Store (from System Preferences) and enable 'Automatically check for updates' and 'Install app updates'.
  • MacOS X 10.6 and earlier are now out-of-support and no further updates will be available.

Microsoft Updates:

  • Updates relating to Microsoft Products should also be downloaded and applied from the Microsoft Mactopia download pages or using the Microsoft Auto Updater supplied with Office

Adobe Updates:

Antivirus Software

  • See VirusScan for Mac for information on antivirus software available for Macs within the University of Cambridge