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Apple Allegedly Dropped Full iCloud Backup Encryption under FBI Pressure

Reuters is reporting that Apple dropped plans to offer a stronger encryption option for iCloud backups under pressure from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Geoffrey Fowler Challenges Apple’s Privacy Stance

Apple claims to be a guardian of consumer privacy, but the company does little to regulate what third-party iPhone apps do with the data they collect. The Washington Post’s Geoffrey Fowler asks if Apple could do more to protect our privacy.

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Is the FBI Gearing Up for Another Encryption Fight with Apple?

Years after the FBI backed down from trying to force Apple to put a backdoor in the iPhone, it looks like the agency may be trying again by requesting that Apple decrypt iPhones related to the December 2019 shooting in Pensacola.

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Everything You Wanted to Know about Apple Security but Were Afraid to Ask

Apple has published an extensive guide to its varied security efforts, bringing vast amounts of information together in one easily accessible place.

Adam Engst 10 comments

The New York Times Reveals How Completely Our Every Move Is Tracked

Forget Big Brother. We have much more to worry about from the numerous “Tiny Brother” location data companies that track our every movement via software embedded in smartphone apps.

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International Verify Your Backups Day

What better day than Friday the 13th to check that your backups are actually working by restoring some critical files?

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Amazon’s Ring Doorbells Sent Wi-Fi Passwords in the Clear

Security researchers have revealed that Amazon’s Ring doorbells were transmitting Wi-Fi passwords in the clear. That’s now fixed, but what other devices might be exposing your network traffic?

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Apple’s Revised Privacy Page Provides More Per-App Detail

Apple has updated its privacy page with explanations of the specific privacy measures taken in its most popular apps, but questionable partnerships and sloppy programming hurt the company’s privacy-focused image.

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Don’t Take Lightning Cables from Strangers

A hacker claims to be mass-producing a Lightning cable that could make it easier for a determined attacker to hack into a Mac or PC, but there isn’t much to worry about yet.

Josh Centers Adam Engst 11 comments

iOS 12.4.2 Provides Important Security Fix to Older iOS Devices

The small iOS 12.4.2 update fixes a vulnerability that could allow a remote attacker to cause application termination or arbitrary code execution. It's available only to devices that can run iOS 12 but not iOS 13.

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iOS 13.1.1 Fixes Bugs and Keyboard Security Issue

Apple has quickly updated both iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1 to version 13.1.1 to fix a variety of bugs and address the keyboard security issue.

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Apple Warns of Vulnerability in Third-Party iOS Keyboards

A bug in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 could let third-party keyboards have full access even if you didn’t allow it.

Glenn Fleishman 17 comments

Why Apple Asks for Your Passcode or Password with a New Login (and Why It’s Safe)

Logging into a new Apple device may result in a prompt that asks you for the passcode or password of another one of your devices. Glenn Fleishman explains why this happens and why it’s a good idea.

Adam Engst Rich Mogull 11 comments

Significant iOS Vulnerabilities Used Against Uyghur Muslims in China

Google’s Project Zero security research team has released the details of a significant series of attacks against iOS. The vulnerabilities have all been patched now, and it appears the attacks may have been part of the Chinese government’s crackdown on the minority Uyghur Muslim community.

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Apple Announces Siri Privacy Reforms

After a whistleblower revealed that Apple contractors were listening in on Siri conversations, Apple shut down the program and promised improvements. Here they are.