Improve Apple Services with AirPort Base Stations
You can make iChat file transfers, iDisk, and Back to My Mac work better by turning on a setting with Apple AirPort base stations released starting in 2003. Launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, click Manual Setup, choose the Internet view, and click the NAT tab. Check the Enable NAT Port Mapping Protocol (NAT-PMP) box, and click Update. NAT-PMP lets your Mac OS X computer give Apple information to connect back into a network that's otherwise unreachable from the rest of the Internet. This speeds updates and makes connections work better for services run by Apple.
iOS security reigns in this issue, with Glenn Fleishman covering Apple's security-related iOS updates, describing how using encrypted iOS backups actually reduces security slightly, and explaining how to update a changed Wi-Fi network password in an iOS device. Beyond that, security editor Rich Mogull runs down the security challenges that Apple faces with iOS and the advantages that the company enjoys. For a change of pace, Lex Friedman looks at some essential Safari Extensions, we announce the release of Sharon Zardetto's authoritative "Take Control of Fonts in Snow Leopard" ebook, and Adam describes how we've moved some legacy services. Notable software releases this week include VMware Fusion 3.1.1, Things 1.3.5, and Office 2004/2008 Security Updates.
Apple has shipped iOS 3.2.2 for the iPad and 4.0.2 for the iPhone and iPod touch to fix two extremely serious exploits that could allow an attacker to control your iOS device.Show full article
Whether you wish you understood fonts better overall or you have questions about installation, organization, loading order, or typing special characters, Sharon Zardetto's new "Take Control of Fonts in Snow Leopard" has you covered.Show full article
iOS devices, once connected to a WEP, WPA, or WPA2 encrypted Wi-Fi network, retain the network's password even if it's changed. To enter a new password, forget the network and then reconnect.Show full article
The folks at password-cracking software firm Elcomsoft have updated a tool meant for testing and recovering passwords for iTunes backups of iOS devices. Oddly enough, password-protected backups turn out to be less secure for iOS devices than password-free backups.Show full article
If you still download the setext- or HTML-formatted versions of our weekly issues as static files, read on for their new locations.Show full article
There are hundreds of Safari Extensions now. But which ones are the must-haves?Show full article
The iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch are completely disrupting the mobile device landscape, and while Apple faces some security challenges with the iOS devices, the company also enjoys a number of advantages over other systems.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include VMware Fusion 3.1.1, Things 1.3.5, and Office 2004/2008 Security Updates.Show full article
Just two quick bits for you this week - a hearty congratulations to the inimitable Nitrozac and Snaggy for the 10th anniversary of their Joy of Tech comic and a link to an academic paper showing that smartphone passwords could be hacked by virtue of screen smudges.Show full article