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Rich Mogull

Rich Mogull

Rich Mogull has been working in the security world for over 20 years, and breaking computers (usually by accident) even longer. After about 10 years in physical security (mostly running large events/concerts), he made the mistake of getting drunk in Silicon Valley and telling someone he “worked in security.” Next morning he woke up with a job as an IT security consultant. That’s not totally true, but it’s far more amusing than his full biography. He currently works as the VP of Product for DisruptOPS and an independent security analyst at He previously spent seven years as an analyst with Gartner. Rich is also a paramedic, done stints as a firefighter and with Rocky Mountain Rescue, and recently retired from ski patrol when he moved to sunny Arizona. He still dabbles in disaster medicine, when nature cooperates.

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Peering Inside Snow Leopard Security

Snow Leopard includes a bevy of important behind-the-scenes security updates, and one major feature we hope you never see. Rich Mogull details what's changed, how this affects your security, and the one improvement we're still waiting for.

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iPhone 3GS Hardware Encryption Easy to Circumvent

Although the iPhone 3GS automatically encrypts all data on the device using special hardware, the implementation is deeply flawed, allowing access to your information if someone has access to your iPhone.

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iPhone 3GS Offers Enterprise-Class Security for Everyone

Rich Mogull explains how to configure your iPhone securely, and how to take advantage of the new hardware encryption in the iPhone 3GS.

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Going Green(er) with the iPhone

When TidBITS editor Rich Mogull convinced his old college professor, now a sustainability researcher, to switch to the iPhone he never realized he was helping save the environment. Learn how to "reduce and reuse" the iPhone way.

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Apple Patching Serious SMS Vulnerability on iPhone

Security researcher Charlie Miller has discovered a way to attack and control an iPhone using only SMS messages. Don't worry, the details aren't public yet, and Apple should have a patch soon.

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Call AT&T for the Best iPhone Upgrade Price

AT&T's iPhone pricing isn't tied simply to how long you've had your current phone. Come learn the different factors that affect your upgrade pricing and strategies for getting the best deal.

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Five Ways Apple Can Improve Mac and iPhone Security

By following these five recommendations, Apple can ensure that its products will remain safe in an increasingly dangerous computing world.

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The Truth About Apple, Mac Security, and Responsibility

Over at Macworld, TidBITS editor Rich Mogull uses the unpatched Java vulnerability and a recent ComputerWorld troll bait article as an excuse to talk about who is really responsible for Mac security.

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Protect Yourself from the Mac OS X Java Vulnerability

Macs are vulnerable to a five-month-old vulnerability in Java that is being actively exploited on the Internet. Here's how to protect yourself.

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Five Tips for Reading Mac Security Stories

Worried about the latest Apple security story? Follow these five tips to find out if you're really at risk.

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Apple Launches SecurityCare

Apple aims to eliminate security concerns for worried Mac users with a new, premier offering.

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Apple Releases Wide-Ranging Security Updates

Apple's first security update of 2009 is a major one, with patches for a series of serious vulnerabilities. All Mac users and server admins should apply the update immediately.

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Protect Yourself From the Safari RSS Vulnerability

A new vulnerability in Safari could reveal your files, stored passwords, and other private information. While the details are still secret, here's how to protect yourself.

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Apple Pioneers New Battery Tech with 17-inch MacBook Pro

Apple completes the transition to the new laptop unibody design with the new 17-inch MacBook Pro, but takes a risky move by switching to a non-removable battery.

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Apple Confirms Antivirus Software Is (Usually) Unnecessary

Apple inadvertently panicked Mac users this week by releasing an updated support article that recommended antivirus software and then pulling it after negative press reports. Rich Mogull confirms Apple's actual antivirus policy, lays out what happened, and explains why the average Mac user still doesn't need antivirus software.