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Josh Centers 23 comments

Apple Releases iOS 14.5.1, iPadOS 14.5.1, macOS 11.3.1, and watchOS 7.4.1

Apple has issued updates to iOS and iPadOS to fix the App Tracking Transparency, and updates for Big Sur and watchOS—and iOS 12—to fix a WebKit vulnerability.

Josh Centers 2 comments

Over 500 Million Facebook Accounts Compromised

A 2019 data breach exposed the personal information of 533 million Facebook users. Here are a couple of tools you can use to see if you’ve been compromised.

Glenn Fleishman 59 comments

Caller ID Authentication May Tame the Scourge of Spam Calls

Two interlocking technologies that phone carriers began rolling out a couple of years ago are helping dramatically reduce unwanted calls from spammers and fraudsters, while giving law enforcement better tools to track those that remain.

Josh Centers 14 comments

How to Stop T-Mobile from Selling Your Web Browsing Data

T-Mobile will start selling your usage data to advertisers next month unless you opt out now.

Josh Centers 5 comments

Malwarebytes Reports on the State of Mac Malware in 2020

Malwarebytes Labs has published its annual report on the state of malware in the computer industry, with a section focusing on the Mac. The good news is that the number of malware detections is down 38% and very little detected Mac malware is dangerous; the bad news is that Apple’s security enhancements have made it harder to remove potentially unwanted programs (PUPs).

Rich Mogull 3 comments

Apple Platform Security Guide Reveals Focus on Vertical Integration

With the latest release of the comprehensive Apple Platform Security guide, Apple has increased the guide’s scope and technical depth while revealing just how completely security has been integrated into the Apple ecosystem. Security Editor Rich Mogull takes a closer look at what vertical integration means for the present and future of Apple security.

Josh Centers 1 comment

Ring Security Cameras Adding End-to-End Encryption

After several privacy controversies and pressure from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Amazon is rolling out end-to-end encryption for its Ring video doorbells.

Adam Engst 3 comments

macOS 11.2.1 Big Sur Fixes MacBook Pro Charging Bug and sudo Vulnerability

Apple has updated macOS 11 Big Sur to fix a single bug and block three security vulnerabilities. It’s not an urgent install for most people.

Glenn Fleishman No comments

BlastDoor Hardens iMessage Against Malware Assaults

Apple has quietly revised some core elements of its message-handling system in iOS, iPadOS, and macOS to make it far less likely that a maliciously formatted text or attachment would succeed in bypassing other protections.

Josh Centers 36 comments

macOS 11.2 Big Sur Improves Bluetooth, Squashes Bugs

Apple has released macOS 11.2 Big Sur to stamp out a handful of miscellaneous bugs and close numerous security holes.

Josh Centers 4 comments

Signal Provides Secure Cross-Platform Replacement for WhatsApp

Privacy-focused messenging app Signal has been exploding in popularity, and it’s a surprisingly competent replacement for WhatsApp for those Apple users who have been forced to use the Facebook-owned messaging service for cross-platform communications.

Adam Engst 36 comments

Cybersecurity Ramifications of the 2021 Storming of the United States Capitol

Over at Wired, Lily Hay Newman focuses on the potentially massive harm done to US cybersecurity by the mob of rioters who stormed and then occupied the US Capitol.

Adam Engst No comments

Apple Publishes Device and Data Access Safety Advice

Just because you once shared access to your Apple devices or accounts doesn’t mean you necessarily want to keep on sharing, especially if a relationship change means that you no longer feel safe with that person. Apple has published clear, sensible instructions for reviewing and revoking shared data and device access.

Josh Centers 5 comments

Surprise iOS 12.5 and watchOS 6.3 Updates Bring Exposure Notification and a Security Fix

Apple has released a pair of surprise updates to a pair of older operating systems, iOS 12.5 and watchOS 6.3, to bring COVID-19 exposure notification capabilities and an important security fix to older devices.

Adam Engst 33 comments

Apple Network Failure Destroys an Afternoon of Worldwide Mac Productivity

If you had problems launching apps on your Mac—or if it was just behaving weirdly—around 4 PM Eastern Standard Time on 12 November 2020, here’s why.