This is a basic overview of Handbrake, an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows. This overview contains information on how to rip a movie from a DVD to your hard drive, and in the process, transcoding it into a format playable on today’s iPod lineup.
Your Mac has preferences that you can change that most people never even know about! While these aren’t huge changes, they can definitely make your workflow more efficient, or just do really cool things! This article explains how to change these preferences on your Mac that cannot be found in System Preferences.
This is a basic overview to jailbreaking your iPhone 4, iPod Touch, or iPad running iOS 4.0 or iOS 4.0.1. It’s far easier than you may think, and only takes a few minutes, thanks to a new tool called JailbreakMe. Jailbreak lets your device be however you want it to be, and it’s completely legal!
This is a guide on how to find out the password of any local user account. It requires being able to boot into single-user mode or having the root password. So if the computer has a firmware password be sure to check out our accessing single-user mode guide. There is a lot of commands to enter but it is a straight forward process.
Firesheep is a new add-on for firefox that makes it incredibly easy to hijack accounts over unsecured wi-fi networks. It was released to act as a wake-up call to websites about the need to use more secure communications. However, until websites step up and begin to fix the problem, quite a bit of fun can be had with Firesheep.
You can easily create a new administrator account if you have a copy of the Mac OS X Installation Disk, but what if you don’t have one on hand, and don’t know the previous administrator’s password? This method tricks the computer into thinking that it’s brand new. It leads you through the easy setup process to create a new administrator account.
Single-User Mode (SUM) can be locked on your computer via a firmware password, thus preventing you from gaining root access on the machine. This method helps circumvent that obstacle when it’s locked on the machine. SUM allows you to execute commands that only the root user can execute, which includes extracting password hashes.
Welcome to the new and improved site! We hope to provide continual, up-to-date information on Mac OS X security and hacking techniques, particularly regarding Snow Leopard, Leopard, and the upcoming OS X Lion. We’re excited that you’re here to join us, and welcome old visitors and members as well as newcomers into the OS X security community.