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Josh Centers 22 comments

USB Restricted Mode Can Block iOS Device Charging

USB Restricted Mode is a new security feature in iOS 11.4.1, but it can have some unintended consequences. Josh Centers explains what it is, how it works, why it exists, and how you can turn it off if necessary.

Josh Centers 6 comments

Reddit Announces Account Data Breach

Social news site Reddit has announced a relatively minor data theft that’s a good reminder to change old passwords, turn on two-factor authentication, and delete any Reddit content you don’t want linked to your email address.

Josh Centers 12 comments

Wyze Cam Pan Helps You Watch Your House for $30

The latest entry in the Wyze Cam line, the Wyze Cam Pan, can cover an entire 360-degree area for an absurdly low price. It’s well worth checking out if you’re looking for an interior security camera, but sadly, it doesn’t support HomeKit.

Josh Centers 7 comments

Beware New Bitcoin Extortion Scam That Uses Stolen Passwords

A new email scam claims to have images of you viewing pornography, and to make its assertion more convincing, it includes an old leaked password in the message. Don’t be fooled.

Adam Engst 23 comments

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?

Josh Centers 29 comments

Your Smart TV Could Be Tracking Everything You Watch

Some television sets from major brands have Samba TV spyware preinstalled that analyzes and reports back on everything you watch. It’s another reason to use an Apple TV instead.

Josh Centers 76 comments

1Password 7 for Mac Offers a Fresh Look… for an Upgrade Price

AgileBits has released 1Password 7, the company’s first paid upgrade in many years. Are the changes to 1Password mini and the many visual improvements worth the cost of admission?

Josh Centers No comments

Apple Will Soon Report on Government App Store Takedown Requests

Apple will soon be adding information about government requests to remove apps from the App Store to its biannual transparency report.

Adam Engst 25 comments

Beware “iCloud Breach” Phone Scam

Apple users report receiving multiple automated calls per day from a scammer claiming to be “Apple Support Care” and warning of an iCloud breach. Just hang up and get a call-blocking app.

Josh Centers 19 comments

iOS 11.4 to Make iPhones Harder to Crack

iOS 11.4 betas include a USB Restricted Mode that would make it harder for law enforcement and government agencies to extract information from a locked iPhone.

Adam Engst 4 comments

Twitter Encourages Users to Change Their Passwords

After discovering that passwords for many user accounts were logged in clear text internally, Twitter is encouraging all users to change their passwords.

Geoff Duncan 117 comments

Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation Makes Privacy Global

Your inbox has probably been filled with notices from companies updating their terms and privacy policies to comply with Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). But what will it actually mean, both inside and outside the European Union?

Glenn Fleishman 18 comments

Cloudflare and Quad9 Aim to Improve DNS

The domain name system is largely insecure, leaking information and subject to compromise. New services from Cloudflare and Quad9 could provide greater security and integrity than Google Public DNS, currently the best known public DNS service.

Adam Engst No comments

AgileBits Introduces 1Password Business

AgileBits has introduced 1Password Business, which extends the subscription-based password-management service to large organizations. New features include finely grained access control, custom roles, activity logs, and usage reporting.

Adam Engst 2 comments

Should You Delete Your Facebook Page?

Mark Jeftovic, the outspoken CEO of DNS provider easyDNS, has weighed in on the whole Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal with opinions that are simultaneously harsh and realistic. He starts by equating social media platforms to “The Spew,” a 1994 short story by Neal Stephenson in Wired, and lays out multiple condemnations of Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg. But then Jeftovic returns to the real question at hand: Should you delete your Facebook page? He recommends keeping business Facebook pages but not relying on them, and he says he’ll keep a personal Facebook page while assuming that anything he posts is completely public and will be used for targeting. But he votes against the mobile Facebook apps, which try their hardest to harvest your contact data.