Whenever there's a new computer bug, or weakness in a major system, the media (yes, even us) are guilty of splashing the news across television and computer screens, jumping on the buzzwords of the day like "shellshock" and "bash bug."
And while these are often significant problems that are being reported on, the reality is that by the time you read about it in the news, a fix has probably already been created for it or is in the works. Once it gets to that point, the onus then falls on you to make sure you're taking the right steps to protect your computers.
That was largely the case with Shellshock, a bug identified last week by a researcher who came across it while delving into Bash, or Bourne-Again SHell, a type of computer program that allows humans and computers to communicate with one another. Bash is used in the Mac OS X operating system, as well as Linux and Unix. Unless you're weeding into the nitty-gritty code of your computer (accessed on a Mac via 'Terminal'), you'llRead More »from Shellshock: Online attacks are evolving, but you can easily protect yourself against bugs