Apple additional security patches

In addition to a big batch of macOS security and bug fixes, Apple issued security patches for its Safari web browser (for macOS 10.13 and later), plus Apple Windows software, as well as tvOS and delayed notes about recent iOS and watchOS security patches.

BitLocker Anywhere, NTFS for Mac

BitLocker Anywhere For Mac, from China-based Hasleo Software (née “EasyUEFI”) promises to “encrypt drives with BitLocker Drive Encryption, decrypt BitLocker-encrypted drives, change password for BitLocker-encrypted drives, export BitLocker Recovery Key & Startup Key, mount and unmount BitLocker encrypted drive, open, read and write BitLocker-encrypted drives or BitLocker To Go drives in macOS & OS X.”

BitLocker Anywhere For Mac is priced at $39.95 (currently $29.95) for OS X 10.7 and later, with an unsigned installer offered as a free 15-day trial.

Hasleo NTFS for Mac is software for full access to the standard Windows filesystem to “mount, unmount, read and write NTFS drives easily, safely and seamlessly in macOS & OS X.” (Apple only offers read access to NTFS volumes.)

Hasleo NTFS for Mac 3.4 is a free download for OS X 10.7 and later.

Winclone

Winclone is a Mac utility from Twocanoes Software Inc. for backing up (cloning), restoring, and migrating Windows installations in Boot Camp, including PC-to-Boot Camp migration, network Boot Camp migration, network sharing of Winclone images and Mac-to-Mac Boot Camp migration.

Features include scheduled background updates of Winclone images, restoring to DOS-FAT32, ExFAT and NTFS volumes, saving to external or network storage, fast incremental imaging, the ability to shrink/expand the Boot Camp file system. Windows User folder backup, support for Core Storage volumes, as well as third-party NTFS drivers, EFI/legacy boot options, NTFS read/write support, and more.

Winclone 8.0.1 “Standard” is priced at $39.99 for macOS 10.14 and 10.15 (with older versions available to support earlier Mac systems). Winclone Pro is a $499.99 version (50-Mac license) designed for administrators who need to package and deploy Boot Camp clones to multiple Macs.

Microsoft NTFS for Mac

Microsoft NTFS for Mac is software from Tuxera Inc. for supporting full access to Windows-standard NTFS storage volumes (while Apple only provides read access). Features include automatic translation of file names, “speed similar to native HFS+” with “smart caching”, support for NTFS extended attributes, and compatibility with “any third-party software”, including Parallels and VMware, plus a Disk Manager app for formatting, volume checking and repair. (See FAQ for additional details.)

Microsoft NTFS for Mac 2019 is priced at $15 for Mac OS X 10.4 and later, with a 15-day trial period.

MacDrive

MacDrive is software from OWC Digital for using Mac-formatted drives on Windows systems. Features include support for reading and writing unencrypted, non-Fusion HFS+ volumes; formatting, partitioning, and repair; plus support for Target Disk Mode, DVD/CD, flash drives, etc. It also supports Time Machine backup browsing/copying, as well as access from Boot Camp, VMware Fusion and Parallels. A Pro version even supports SoftRAID RAID 0/RAID 1 volumes, mounts Mac sparse disk images, creates Mac ISO files, burns Mac Blu-ray discs and offers automatic file defragmentation

MacDrive 10.5.4 is priced at $49.99 for Windows 7/Server 2012 and later with a free 5-day trial available. MacDrive Pro is priced at $69.99.

MacDrive 10.5 APFS beta offers preliminary support for reading (but not writing) unencrypted APFS volumes, but the company warns about Apple’s APFS performance problems with hard drives:

While APFS does offer many advantages for Mac-formatted SSD drives, its performance on traditional platter hard drives is significantly worse. As a result, if you are going to be moving files back and forth between a Mac and a PC on a non-SSD hard drive, we recommend keeping your drive formatted as HFS+.

Keeping the drive HFS+ gives you the ability to both read and write to the disk on a PC with MacDrive, while retaining the ability for the drive to be mounted on non-High Sierra Macs.