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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.

Adam Engst 25 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?

Adam Engst 20 comments

Apple Updates Numerous Operating Systems for Exploited Security Vulnerabilities

macOS 10.15 Catalina users and those with older iOS devices and Apple Watch models will be seeing updates for their operating systems. Apple released a slew of updates to close three serious security vulnerabilities that are being exploited in the wild.

Josh Centers 12 comments

Do You Need a Security Drone in Your Home?

Amazon will soon offer an indoor security camera drone, but does anyone need such a thing, or do these products just instill fear in the public?

Adam Engst 4 comments

Why Posting Boarding Pass Photos Is a Bad Idea

In a long, amusingly written blog post, the hacker known as “Alex” outlines how he discovered former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott’s passport number and phone number from an ill-advised Instagram post, got Qantas to fix the security hole, and avoided going to jail.

Josh Centers 2 comments

NSA Mass Phone Record Collection Ruled Illegal

Nearly seven years after being exposed to the public, and a year after being shut down, the NSA’s mass collection of phone records has been ruled illegal.

David Shayer No comments

Understanding How Apple Security Research Devices Likely Work and Stay Secure

Apple’s new Security Research Device Program provides security researchers with special iPhones to help them find vulnerabilities in iOS for Apple. Former Apple engineer David Shayer examines how Apple might be tweaking iPhone hardware to make this work.

Josh Centers 1 comment

Hong Kong VPN Services Found to Log Connections and Leak User Data

If you use a VPN service based in Hong Kong to secure your Internet traffic and protect your privacy, you may wish to switch, given what security researchers have discovered.

Rich Mogull 5 comments

Apple Releases Dedicated Security Research Device

In an effort to encourage more security researchers to look for security vulnerabilities in iOS, Apple will provide approved researchers with a Security Research Device, a custom iPhone with key security controls disabled. It’s a good way for Apple to engage more fully with the security community.

Josh Centers 10 comments

Feeling Paranoid? Micro Snitch Tells You If Your Mac Is Spying on You

If you’re afraid that your webcam may be spying on you, Micro Snitch from Objective Development monitors your Mac’s webcam and microphone, alerting you when an app activates them and maintaining a log of all activity.