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I have an MBP late 2011, running OSX 10.7.5. and Safari 6.1.6 - Auto update is off but I manually check and or update every couple of weeks - I update all that is offered.

The problem is that there are a couple of sites (like my bank and MSN/au) that say I require a Safari update / my version is not current etc. For my banking site, I use chrome because it makes me question the security aspects of Safari.

Does anyone else have a similar experience?
Am I missing an update?
Is there a way I can get a later version of Safari?
Does it mean I have to update to Mountain Lion - is that free?
If so, how do I do it?

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I can't remember now if Mountain Lion was the first of the free releases, or the last of the $20 ones, but clearly your bank requires some security update you don't have. Lion is still well-supported so maybe check your Java install? Though any bank using Java would be one I'd run away from!

Also, there is no auto-install on Macs so I don't know what you mean there. The latest version of Safari for Lion is 6.2, released on September 18th, and that's for both Lion and Mountain Lion.
 
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Mountain Lion is free and even better Mavericks is free. The latter is by far the better operating systdm and Safari 8 cerainly handles my banking requirements. If you have an Apple ID just go to the App Store and download Mavericls and update to OS X.9.5.

Handles CommBank and my Credit Union no problems. Just don't place your passwords in Keychain and enter each time and change from time to time.
 
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To add to what Harryb said: the jump to Mavericks is free and a good idea, provided you have 8GB of RAM or more on that machine. If you have less, stay where you are until you upgrade the RAM.
 
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To add to what Harryb said: the jump to Mavericks is free and a good idea, provided you have 8GB of RAM or more on that machine. If you have less, stay where you are until you upgrade the RAM.

Thanks crew - Yes I have 8GB RAM, but thought I might go to ML before Mav's.

While talking about hardware - MBP 2011 - what is the most RAM you can have? (I thought it was 8)

Will back-up today and update to Mav's. Any other precautions before the update?
 

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If the model identifier is 8.1, 8.2, OR 8.3 then the max memory is 16 GB. See here for additional details.

Given that you already have 8 GB I'd probably do the update first and see how it performs. Memory management has been improved in Mavericks and you may find 8 GB more than enough for your needs. If you keep several apps open at once more memory is usually handy.
 

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I have an MBP late 2011, running OSX 10.7.5. and Safari 6.1.6 - Auto update is off but I manually check and or update every couple of weeks - I update all that is offered.

The problem is that there are a couple of sites (like my bank and MSN/au) that say I require a Safari update / my version is not current etc.

The MSN.com folks have updated their website...and according to my recent testing...only Safari version 7.x seems to be compatible.

As you know...the max. Safari version for OS 10.7.5 is 6.x...and for OS 10.8 is 6.2. Only Mavericks (10.9) has version 7.x of Safari.

So you have two choices to get proper access to MSN.com:

1. Update to 10.9 (for Safari version 7.x).
2. Use a different browser (such as Chrome).

HTH,

- Nick
 
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Thank you all very much:)

Appreciate it. Pretty well summed up and I (really) should have guessed at the outcome.
I'd read some bad stuff about Mav's (after release) and was reluctant to upgrade.
But it's 1 y/old now so most bugs should be id'd and sorted.

Thanks again
Blaz
 

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Thank you all very much:)

Appreciate it. Pretty well summed up and I (really) should have guessed at the outcome.
I'd read some bad stuff about Mav's (after release) and was reluctant to upgrade.
But it's 1 y/old now so most bugs should be id'd and sorted.

I'm hoping that MSN.com will realize that there are probably still a fair number of Mac Users still using OS 10.7 and 10.8...and that they have "orphaned" these users. Plus some older (but still useful Mac's) can't run 10.9.

Unless there is some sort of technical reason that Safari for 10.7 or 10.8 cannot run the "new" MSN.com.

I can hope...;)

- Nick
 
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Time Machine "lunched" my portable hard drive - that I was preparing to use as the back up hard drive, before upgrading to Mav's. If you have time, I would appreciate some assistance on the recovery…….
Will start a new thread.

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Time Machine "lunched" my portable hard drive - that I was preparing to use as the back up hard drive, before upgrading to Mav's. If you have time, I would appreciate some assistance on the recovery…….
Will start a new thread.

Cheers,
Blaz


I may be coming in a bit late here, but assuming that your backup drive is actually working I'd suggest using CCC (Carbon Copy Cloner) or even SD (SuperDuper) for creating a bootable clone rather than relying on TM. And you've already experienced what it can do... :p
 

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Not sure if anyone else noticed...but MSN.com is working now on older versions of Safari (6.1 and 6.2). I tested this on my Mac's running 10.7 and 10.8.

MSN must have realized that they left "Mac-folks" running older OS versions and older Safari verisons "high & dry"...and they patched the website to work for these Mac-Users!:)

- Nick
 

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