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iOS 6.1.3 Blocks Passcode Bypass Bug

A small update to iOS 6 blocks a bug that could enable someone with access to your iPhone to bypass the passcode and use the Phone app. Plus, Maps in Japan has improved, and other security vulnerabilities have been closed.Show full article

Black Pixel Sketches Future of NetNewsWire

The current owners of the RSS newsreader NetNewsWire have plans for a new release and a replacement for Google Reader’s synchronization feature. Show full article

Exploit Allowed Easy Apple ID Password Reset

The Verge broke the news that an easy method using a modified URL and an account holder’s date of birth enabled a malicious party to reset an Apple ID password. Apple quickly shut down its password-reset page, iForgot, and revised the process.Show full article

FlippedBITS: Four Password Myths

Are your passwords strong enough to resist an automated attack? If you believe any of several common password myths, they may not be. In this installment of FlippedBITS, Joe Kissell examines a few of the most dangerous myths about password security and explains smarter and safer practices.Show full article

Apple Implements Two-Factor Authentication for Apple IDs

With the addition of optional two-factor authentication, Apple makes it much harder for Apple ID accounts to be hijacked through social engineering and security flaws. Mat Honan can sleep easier now.Show full article

PDFpen 6.0 Adds Word Export

The latest version of PDFpen, Smile’s PDF manipulation software, adds the capability to export a PDF to Microsoft Word format, supports Auto Save and Versions, adds an editing bar for quick access to common tools, and can print annotations at the end of a document.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 25 March 2013

Notable software releases this week include Skype 6.3 and PopChar X 6.2.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 25 March 2013

One quick recommendation for something else to read this week — a warning about Mac-focused Trojans that install ad-embedding extensions in Safari, Chrome, and Firefox.Show full article

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