Would it be save to use flash video?
Yes, quite safe.
Safari is the fastest and safest browser for OS 10.5 Leopard.
Security of OS X generally:
Security Configuration for Version 10.5 Leopard:
Suggestions for ‘safe surfing’:
1. In Safari Preferences/Security:
Do not check the box 'Allow websites to ask for location information'
Accept Cookies only from sites you visit
Select 'None' for Database storage
From the Safari menu, select 'Block pop-up windows'
2. Do not allow Google to register your interests:
Removal/prevention of Google cookies:
3. Download and install Ghostery from http://www.ghostery.com/
having read about what it does. It prevents you being tracked by outfits like Doubleclick - and there are many. Glims will indicate how many such tracking devices it has blocked: some sites use as many as 15! This Apple site uses one, sometimes two. That will effectively stop unsolicited advertising pop-ups.
4. Do not use a cell phone for any financial transactions. Such phones are simply to easy to lose.
There is no such thing as total internet security, but what I have suggested above will go a long way towards invasive tracking. As regards other aspects of internet security, please read on:
You will find this User Tip on Viruses, Trojan Detection and Removal, as well as general Internet Security and Privacy, useful:
The User Tip (which you are welcome to print out and retain for future reference) seeks to offer guidance on the main security threats and how to avoid them.
More useful information can also be found here:
Klaus1, thanks a lot for that!
I had a look at the links, but the first link redirects to:
and the 3rd one (for Security Configuration for Version 10.5 Leopard) leads me to:
http://www.apple.com/osx/server/ ?? Edit: found it through googling - 260 pages...
I've been mainly using Firefox lately, where I have ( roughly) the security settings you mentioned; plus Ghostery, TrackMeNot and Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.
Could/should I stay with FF or switch to Safari (with similar settings & add-ons, if possible/available)?
I do quite a bit of internet-banking and online purchase, though.
Sorry about the links! Apple have a habit of 'losing' articles about versions of OS X that they no longer support!
As for Firefox v. Safari, that has to be your call. I find Firefox much slower than Safari, but whatever suits you best.
As not all banks keep up with the latest browsers, you may find that some sites work better with one browser, and another with another (if you follow me).
Keep both browsers on your Mac. With the add-ons you mention you should be pretty secure!
Since I (recently), as someone had suggest to improve security, unticked all Java preferences in the /Applications/Utilities/ folder , I can a 'missing plug-in' message in emails whenever a picture or so has been attached. Should I leave it like that (and look at the content of the attachment through Quick Look before opening) or is het safe to reset these Java preferences (by clicking Restore Defaults)?
You have the changed the subject! If you now running Snow Leopard, and you recently applied the latest security updates:
Mac OS X v10.6: Mail.app won’t open, or "You can't use this version of Mail…" alert after installing Security Update 2012-004:
Fellow user Grant Bennet-Alder offers this solution:
Some users have reported this problem if the Mail Application has been moved out of the top-level /Applications folder, or duplicated in another location.
When the Security Update is done, the old version of Mail is disabled.
The solution has been to:
1) make certain Mail is in the /Applications folder
2) There is no other copy anywhere else.
3) Once steps 1 and 2 have been done, Manually download and re-apply the Security Update (2012-004) by hand.
If the Mail.app has been LOST, it can be re-installed by applying the 10.6.8 version 1.1 combo update. But this update is quite large and it is usually not necessary: