Richard BaguleyMacworld

Richard Baguley has been writing about, testing and breaking technology for the past 20 years. He has written for Wired, Macworld, USA Today, Amiga Format and many others

The truth about Apple, Mac security, and responsibility

Security expert Rich Mogull deconstructs Apple's failure to patch a Java security hole and the criticisms of those who think its security advertising rings false.

Mac Security: Firewalls

OS X has not just one, but two, firewalls built in. So when, if ever, do you need a third-party firewall program? Chris Pepper and Rich Mogull explain.

The DNS vulnerability: What you should know and do

Apple’s security update on July 31st may have patched a widespread DNS flaw on Mac servers, but it hasn’t closed the debate on their handling of it, nor the risk to Mac OS X users.

First Look: Acrobat.com documentation collaboration service

Adobe on Monday launched the free public beta version of Acrobat.com, a Web-based supplement to its popular PDF document creation application. PC World offers a first look at the service.

Review: VPN Tracker 5.2

VPN Tracker 5.2, a versatile tool for those who need more than the standard VPN client, simplifies the creation and management of multiple virtual private network connections.

Close the ports

While OS X has long included basic firewall software, Leopard introduced some significant changes to it, leaving many Leopard users confused as to how to keep their Macs secure. But though the firewall interface in Mac OS X 10.5 is indeed quite different from that in earlier versions of the OS, it’s still relatively easy to use.

Understanding and using Leopard's firewall

OS X has long included a basic firewall, but Leopard takes this fundamental security technology in a new and innovative direction. Rich Mogull looks at Leopard's firewall, how the 10.5.1 update changed things, and configuration options.

PC World: The Web works wonders for tax filing

This year's editions of online tax-prep services make the annual chore of filing taxes easier than ever to complete. PC World gives an overview of the Mac-compatible options.

Script Debugger 4.0

Late Night Software seems to have taken every opportunity to condense and simplify Script Debugger’s interface, while providing easier access to powerful tools and better debugging information. If you’re serious about scripting, buy it.

JVC GR-X5US MiniDV camcorder

The JVC GR-X5US has an interesting design, but its setup may not be to everyone’s taste, and its poor battery life and the omission of a viewfinder are serious problems.

JVC GR-D396US MiniDV camcorder

The JVC GR-D396US is one of the least-expensive camcorders available. However, many users will find that its lack of advanced control is limiting, and its poor video quality will put off all but the most budget-minded shooters.

Canon Elura 100 MiniDV camcorder

The Canon Elura 100 is a good choice for budget shooters; although the image quality isn’t great, it’s a compact, easy-to-use camera that won’t confuse novice filmmakers.

Sony DCR-HC36 MiniDV Handycam

The Sony DCR-HC36 MiniDV Handycam is a budget camcorder that takes adequate video in daylight, but its poor performance in low light will be a problem if you want to shoot videos indoors—at a party, for instance.

Panasonic PV-GS500 MiniDV camcorder

The Panasonic PV-GS500 MiniDV is a great pick for shooters who want the benefit of automatic control and the flexibility of manual control. And it takes great-looking video and stills.

Panasonic PV-GS300 MiniDV camcorder

The Panasonic PV-GS300 MiniDV is a great choice for shooters who don’t mind spending a little extra for quality, but who don’t want to lay out a lot of cash for a high-end camera.