Even though the patch was made available with an update to latest OS, still OS X which runs on MAC PC is at risk. Just in case you didn’t knew about it that, Apple devices had occurred a major security flaw in both iOS and OS X based devices which can get unauthorized access to your devices and its registered accounts in different websites.
Researchers from CrowdStrike described the bug in a report:
“To pull off the attack an adversary has to be able to Man-in-The-Middle (MitM) network connections, which can be done if they are present on the same wired or wireless network as the victim. Due to a flaw in authentication logic on iOS and OS X platforms, an attacker can bypass SSL/TLS verification routines upon the initial connection handshake. This enables an adversary to masquerade as coming from a trusted remote endpoint, such as your favorite webmail provider and perform full interception of encrypted traffic between you and the destination server, as well as give them a capability to modify the data in flight (such as deliver exploits to take control of your system),”
Its required that Apple should take immediate steps in order to provide seamless services in terms of information security
This security flaw could have a major security breach for all Apple devices running on iOS 7. Finally Apple has released patch for the same or else a hacker could have get access to your encrypted log-in details. It was even found that the same flaw was also existed in OS X based MAC PC’s.
As per the News Reported in Reuters
If attackers have access to a mobile user’s network, such as by sharing the same unsecured wireless service offered by a restaurant, they could see or alter exchanges between the user and protected sites such as Gmail and Facebook. Governments with access to telecom carrier data could do the same.
“It’s as bad as you could imagine, that’s all I can say,” said Johns Hopkins University cryptography professor Matthew Green.
Apple should never compromise on issues pertaining to information security. Perhaps that might be the reason Mr. President is not using an iPhone :-)
How To Make USB Bootable OS X Lion 10.8 (with Video on the bottom)
To move Mac OS X Mountain Lion to a bootable USB stick, you first need a a large enough USB Flash Drive with capacity. Although the installer of Mac OS X 10.8 is about 4.3 GB in size, but we recommend a USB flash drive with at least 8 GB capacity.
Tutorial How-To Create Bootable USB for OS X Lion 10.8
Find “Install OS X Mountain Lion” application. Right-clicking the file opens an additional menu, where you can select please select “Show Package Contents” and confirm.
Click on “Contents“
Click on “Shared Support”
Double-click to open & mount the “InstallESD.dmg” file.
Open “Disk Utility” located in the Utilities folder in your Applications (Or, you can holding down the Command key on keyboard, then press the Space Bar and into the spotlight search field, please type disk utility.
Click on your USB Thumb Drive or External Hard Drive
Click on the tap Restore
Drag the USB Flash Drive or External Hard Drive to the “Destination” location
Drag the Mac OS X Install ESD to the “Source” location.
You are DONE!
Watch the Video Tutorial How-To Create Bootable USB for OS X Lion
A Clean Install
Now that you have a bootable copy of Mountain Lion, this drive/disk acts as a full-fledged setup tool for upgrading other Macs to the new OS. For a clean install of Mountain Lion on any compatible Mac, follow these steps:
Insert your bootable disk or drive.
Restart your Mac while holding down the option key. This will bring up the installer.
Inside the Mountain Lion installation tool, you can open Disk Utility and erase your Mac’s hard drive. From the erase tab, choose “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” and wipe your drive. (Make sure you have a backup first, just in case.)
Once your Mac’s hard drive is erased, quit Disk Utility and go back into the Mountain Lion installer. Choose your Mac’s hard drive and begin installing Mountain Lion.
By following those steps, your Mac will be restored to Apple’s stock setup and all of your personal files will be gone.