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Macs Not Vulnerable to BadUSB Attack

Some publications are singling out the new 12-inch MacBook’s single USB-C port as a major security risk. But the risks, which aren’t even new, are being overstated.Show full article

Chapter 9 of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” Available

It’s nearly impossible for today’s Mac user to avoid iCloud, and although Apple has done a good job on iCloud security, Joe Kissell still has some steps you can take to increase your overall security level.Show full article

Force Touch Trackpad Makes MacBooks More Compelling

Julio Ojeda-Zapata put Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad through its paces and found its features to be flawlessly executed, fairly useful, and wicked cool. He is not yet persuaded to give up the mouse he uses at his office desk, though.Show full article

BusyContacts Turbo Charges Mac Contact Management

Need to go beyond Apple’s Contacts app? BusyContacts — by the same folks who brought you BusyCal — is for those who need to manage relationships with contacts or are just plain dissatisfied with Apple’s bare-bones offering. Show full article

Apple Pay Exposes Insecure Bank Policies

Apple Pay is being blamed for a rash of new credit card fraud cases. TidBITS Security Editor Rich Mogull argues that it’s merely exposing existing weaknesses in bank security.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 23 March 2015

Notable software releases this week include Safari 8.0.4, 7.1.4, and 6.2.4, Skype 7.6, Voila 3.8.3, Security Update 2015-003 (Yosemite), Typinator 6.5, Audio Hijack 3.0.3, and Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 23 March 2015

In our latest roundup of links, Tim Cook opens up about Steve Jobs and the Apple Watch, modern Photoshop experts try to use Photoshop 1.0, and Managing Editor Josh Centers makes an appearance on the Subjective podcast.Show full article

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