Tag: Apple MacOS X Leopard

Setting up Apple iChat for Facebook Chat and Messaging

Windows users have been able to use the Facebook Messenger as a desktop option for gaining access to Facebook’s chat and messaging features. Similarly, users of the iOS and Android mobile platforms have benefited from having access to the Facebook Messenger app as a dedicated path to this same service.

But how can you gain full-time access to the Facebook chat and messaging functionality on your Apple Macintosh without the need to open your Web browser? You can when you use the iChat software that is integrated with the Mac OS X operating system.

Here, the Mac has to be equipped with iChat AV 3 or later which is part of the operating system from 10.4 Tiger to 10.7 Lion. It will provide an “always-live” messaging and “green-dot” presence feature that you would expect with the Web-driven Facebook messaging interface.

  1. To set this up, you click on the “Preferences” item in the iChat menu.
  2. Click on the “Accounts” option in this window, then click the + icon at the bottom of this window as if you are adding a new iChat account.
  3. Select “Jabber” as the account type.
  4. Supply the credentials as:
    Screen Name: <Your_Facebook_User_Name>@chat.facebook.com
  5. For the Server Options, make sure that “Automatically find server name and port” option is checked. If this doesn’t work, you may have to fill in “chat.facebook.com” in the Name and 5222 in the Port for the Server details
  6. Then click Done to add the account.

For this acoount to work automatically, you have to select the “Enable this account” and “Log in Automatically” options for it to log in and show you as online when you use your Mac. Here, you will see the list of all the Facebook Friends who are currently online with that green dot.

Now you can have your Leopard-based Apple Macintosh secure from the current threats


Apple issues Leopard update with Flashback removal tool – Engadget



Java security update (targets Flashback Trojan)

Adobe Flash security update


Latest Flash Player update

My Comments

Owning an older Macintosh computer that is running MacOS X Leopard but isn’t powerful enough to be upgraded to Snow Leopard or Lion? Or you haven’t upgraded your Mac to Snow Leopard or Lion due to keeping a LocalTalk peripheral in service using that link.

You may fear that this situation may make you vulnerable to the recent security scares involving Trojan-Horse programs written in cross-platform code that is targeting the Macintosh platform. Now Apple has remedied that problem by releasing two patches targeting this version of MacOS X.

The Java security update checks for and removes the Flashback Trojan from your Mac, but also disables Safari’s Java plug-in. If you need to use Java in Safari, you would need to visit the Preferences menu by going to Safari>Preferences or pressing [Command] and [,], then clicking the “Enable Java” option.

The Adobe Flash update will disable the out-of-date version of Adobe Flash Player end encourage you to visit Adobe’s Website in order to download the latest version of the software. Here, you make sure that you are downloading for MacOS X 10.4 – 10.5 to get the latest version for your MacOS X Leopard computer.