Written: January 4, 2018

macOS 10.13.2

Keep Your macOS updated, or else be insecure

It’s a common myth that Apple Mac computers are not hacked, and that somehow they are inherently more secure than Windows computers. Every computer ever created is a target of hackers, so it’s a best practice to keep updated from your computer vendor whether it’s Microsoft, Apple or Linux. This week there’s a lot of press being written about an Intel CPU security flaw. Here’s a link with more details at 9to5mac.

On your Mac just double-check that you are at macOS 10.13.2, click the Apple icon, then choose About this Mac:

 

macOS 10.13.2

macOS 10.13.2

So this security bug affects CPU chips from Intel, AMD and even Arm.

Welcome to 2018, keep your OS updated, and may your business continue to grow this year.

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Parallels version 12

Running Windows 10 on a Mac

In my web development business I have a need to use both Mac and Windows operating systems for browsing web sites, so one way to do that is by using a MacBook Pro with a version of Windows running virtually. What does virtual mean? Even though my hardware is a Mac, there’s a software company called Parallels that offers a product to let you install and use Windows on your Mac, although it won’t be running at full speed like on a dedicated PC. For web browsing this virtual solution is just fine for me, plus I get to continue using the Quicken software for my business accounting.

As Windows keeps upgrading versions and also Mac, I eventually have to upgrade my version of the Parallels software, so today I upgraded to version 12 of Parallels:

Parallels 12

The upgrade process was pretty straight forward and I could download and start installing the software right away:

Install Parallels 12

To keep me honest the install process has an activation code that is unique to my computer, so I don’t go around sharing commercial software:

Activate Parallels 12

Invoking Parallels version 12 there is one last app to install, Parallels Tools:

Parallels Tools

There you have it, Parallels 12 is all updated and I can use the latest version to run Windows 10 on my Mac:

Windows 10 on a Mac

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