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Macintosh Security Information

Operating System Updates:

macOS

  • On a Mac 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 10.11 and earlier are now out of-support and no further updates will be available. Please consider upgrading to a more modern version of the operating system.

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

  • VirusScan for Mac, as part of McAfee Security for Mac, is the preferred method of virus protection on the Macintosh and its use is covered by a site licence for the University of Cambridge. For instructions on how to install, click here.

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Delays in email delivery between PPSW and Exchange Online tenancies

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Several institutions reported to us that messages to their Exchange Online tenancies were being blocked following routine maintenance to the central email switch (PPSW) on Monday 20 January. We believe we've discovered the cause and implemented a workaround that has cleared the backlog and will prevent this from happening again.

Phone system maintenance on Saturday 1 February

Jan 16, 2020

We're planning to update the University phone system on Saturday 1 February. Desk phones may reboot several times during this process, but there should be no effect on calls.

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