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Join the Intego Mac security experts for the latest Apple news, industry opinions, and a splash of security advice in our easy-to-digest, entertaining, and informative podcast series.
Hosted by Kirk McElhearn and Josh Long.
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Photos you shoot with your iPhone, and with some cameras, store location data. Sharing these photos on social media may pinpoint your location: where you live, or where you work. It's easy to remove this data. In the news, we talk about listening in on Skype audio, another Apple - FBI spat about accessing data on an iPhone, Google getting rid of cookies, and more. Show Notes: New rack-mounted Mac Pro available FBI asks Apple for help cracking Pensacola gunman’s iPhones IPhone Hacking Firm Updates Tool in Midst of Apple-FBI Spat Shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola Called ‘Act of Terrorism’ (FBI) Skype audio graded by workers in China with 'no security measures' You can now use iPhones as Google security keys for 2FA Chromium Blog: Building a more private web: A path towards making third party cookies obsolete How to Post to Instagram from Safari on a Mac Cable Haunt How to remove GPS location data from photos on iPhone or Mac ImageOptim Get 40% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
We look back at the eventful year 2019 in Apple security. In the news, Apple is switching to randomized serial numbers for its products, Apple sues a company over jailbreaking, Firefox has critical vulnerabilities, and more. Show Notes: Apple Plans to Switch to Randomized Serial Numbers for Future Products Starting in Late 2020 Corellium Accuses Apple of Using Lawsuit to 'Crack Down on Jailbreaking' Apple Is Bullying a Security Company with a Dangerous DMCA Lawsuit Critical Security Vulnerabilities fixed in Firefox 72.0.1 and Firefox ESR 68.4.1 Windows 7 support will end on January 14, 2020 Sunsetting Python 2 The Year in Apple Security – 2019 Episode 13: Is My Computer's CPU Secure? Get 40% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
We cover some security news, such as a password breach at Zynga, a user database breach at Waze, and a new Apple patent for under-display biometric sensors. Then we discuss essential settings to keep your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch secure. Show Notes: 170m passwords stolen in Zynga hack, monitor says Zynga (Wikipedia) have i been pwned? Wyze security camera user DB was breached Apple Wins Patent for Optical Imaging Sensors that could be used for Under-the-Display Biometrics in Future iPhones and Beyond 9 Security and Privacy Settings to Activate on Your New iPhone or iPad Get 40% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
If you got a new Mac for the holidays, there are a number of settings you can adjust to enhance its security and privacy. We discuss eight tips to make your Mac stronger. We also look at some news, with Ring's reaction to the claims that they were compromised, Apple pulling an app from the App Store for spying on users, and Apple's new bug bounty program. Show Notes: Boxing Day (Wikipedia) Ring’s Services Have Not Been Compromised – Here’s What You Need to Know haveibeenpwned.com Top websites keep letting people use weak passwords like 111111, and it’s a major security risk Hash function (Wikipedia) Apple Pulls Emirati Chat App 'ToTok' From App Store for Allegedly Spying on Users Apple officially launches Apple Security Bounty program Apple Platform Security guide - Fall 2019 8 Mac security and privacy features to set up right away How to Encrypt and Password Protect Files on Your Mac Data Backup Plan: How to Implement the 3-2-1 Backup Strategy How to Lock Your Mac Screen and Protect It from Prying Eyes Open a Mac app from an unidentified developer Get 40% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
We take a close look at smart home technology and Apple's HomeKit, and also discuss why Vladimir Putin is still using Windows XP, another Ring camera issue, some password problems, and a new Intel vulnerability called Plundervolt. Show Notes: Vladimir Putin 'still uses obsolete Windows XP' despite hacking risk She installed a Ring camera in her children’s room for ‘peace of mind.’ A hacker accessed it and harassed her 8-year-old daughter. Thousands of students in Germany queue for email access Plundervolt – newly found Intel vulnerability stealing secrets by starving your computer of voltage CPUSetter Amazon, Apple, Google, Zigbee Alliance and board members form working group to develop open standard for smart home devices Use Apple HomeKit to Automate Your Home and Keep It Secure (Kirk's article) IFTTT NetAtmo Weather Station Dyson Pure Cool fan and air purifier NetGear Arlo Pro cameras Philips Hue lights Casper Glow lights The chain of trust in Apple’s devices Use HomeKit Secure Video Get 40% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
Apple has released the new Mac Pro, along with updates for all its operating systems this week. Google Chrome gets a serious update, Google Maps gets incognito mode, and the Ring doorbell leaks some location data allowing journalists to create heat maps of Ring-protected homes. Plus an AirDrop vulnerability, a tweet with an iPhone decryption key, and more. Show Notes: Here are all the big new features & changes in iOS 13.3 & iPadOS 13.3 Apple Fixes ‘AirDoS’ Bug That Cripples Nearby iPhones, iPads Apple’s most expensive Mac Pro costs $52,599 Apple’s Intelligent Tracking Protection enabled tracking, Google finds; fixed in latest Safari Google Chrome 79 Brings Enhanced Security and Anti-Phishing Features Now-Fixed AirDrop Bug Let Anyone Lock-Up Nearby iPhones With Flood of Files Incognito mode in Google Maps for iOS is rolling out now Ring's Neighbors Data Let Us Map Amazon's Home Surveillance Network Apple Used the DMCA to Take Down a Tweet Containing an iPhone Encryption Key Get 40% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
We follow up on our Black Friday purchases, then talk about some Twitter trickery, some Russian rigidity, some charging insecurity, some location confusion, and some new Mac cryptocurrency malware. Show Notes: Tories pretend to be factchecking service during leaders' debate The iPhone 11 Pro’s Location Data Puzzler — Krebs on Security - Since we recorded this episode, Apple issued an explanation as to why this is happening, and said that there will be a toggle for this in a future iOS update. It’s Apple Vs Putin, As Russia’s New Smartphone Ban Approaches Los Angeles authorities warn travelers of charging-station hackers Juice Jacking (Wikipedia) FBI issues security warning for smart TVs before you buy New Lazarus malware variant Get 40% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
The Chain of Trust

The Chain of Trust

2019-11-2900:33:20

Apple's two-factor authentication system sets up a chain of trust from one device to another. By ensuring your identity on one device, that device can then authenticate you on another device, and provide you with enhanced features, such as an Apple Watch unlocking a Mac, or an iPhone authorizing Apple Pay on a Mac. Understanding this chain of trust helps you better understand how Apple protects you. Show Notes: The Chain of Trust in Apple Devices (The Mac Security Blog) Chain of trust (Wikipedia) Episode 52: Was the Big Hack Really Big? Certificate authority (Wikipedia) Use Your Apple Watch to Unlock Your Mac and Authenticate About the Apple T2 Security Chip CyberGhost VPN is the best personal VPN solution, that works seamlessly with your Mac, iPhone, iPad, and other devices. Pricing this good doesn't happen very often. On Black Friday or Cyber Monday, get up to 79% off. Pricing this good doesn't happen very often! Use this special link to save up to 79% on CyberGhost VPN to fortify your online privacy. Don't wait! This special offer is valid from today (Black Friday), through December 4th, 2019. *Note: 79% discount is based on U.S. pricing; exact percentage of discount varies by currency.
It's Black Friday again, either the day we release this episode if you're in Europe, or next week, if you're in the US. It's the day when you can get some good deals on things you need, discounts on things you don't need, and, if you're not careful, you could get scammed. We discuss some best practices for buying new and used on Black Friday, and warn you about buying a used iPhone. Show Notes: Wirecutter Caution! These Black Friday “deals” may be bad for your security 6 Cyber Security Tips for Holiday Shopping Online 6 Essential Tips to Stay Safe Shopping Online Black Friday 2019 Security Threat: U.S. Government Advises Consumers To Stay Vigilant The Shop at KonMari CyberGhost VPN is the best personal VPN solution, that works seamlessly with your Mac, iPhone, iPad, and other devices. Pricing this good doesn't happen very often. On Black Friday or Cyber Monday, get up to 79% off. Pricing this good doesn't happen very often! Use this special link to save up to 79% on CyberGhost VPN to fortify your online privacy. Don't wait! This special offer is valid from today (Black Friday), through December 4th, 2019. *Note: 79% discount is based on U.S. pricing; exact percentage of discount varies by currency.
Vice President of Integrity

Vice President of Integrity

2019-11-1500:32:47

We discuss Apple's new 16" MacBook Pro with a redesigned keyboard; two new entrants in the video streaming market, Apple TV+ and Disney+; a bug in Facebook's app; Google's Pixel 4's face unlock; and more. Show Notes: Apple's new 16" MacBook Pro Apple TV+ Bug in Facebook App Accesses the Camera in the Background Facebook fixes bug that caused iOS app to use the camera in the background No one should buy the Facebook Portal TV Amazon Ring doorbells exposed home Wi-Fi passwords to hackers How did Google get Pixel 4 face unlock this wrong? Get 40% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
With the release of iPadOS, the iPad has become a serious competitor to a laptop. While you can't do everything on an iPad that you can on a laptop, the gulf between the two is getting slimmer. We talk with Ian Schray, a dedicated iPad user, about replacing a laptop with an iPad. Show Notes: The Committed Researchers use lasers to hack Siri, Alexa, Google assistants Apple updates its privacy page with sleek new look iPad vs. MacBook: is iPadOS a game changer? Get 40% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
admin / admin

admin / admin

2019-11-0100:35:43

Apple has released a whole slew of security updates this week, stretching back quite far, and we discuss some of the changes, and also Apple's problematic HomePod update. Equifax is sued for using admin as user name and password to protect sensitive data. (Duh.) And we take a close look at the many security alerts and dialogs you see with macOS Catalina. Show Notes: Apple AirPods Pro New 13.2 Update Bricking Some HomePods Facebook sues NSO Group, accusing them of exploiting WhatsApp last May Equifax used 'admin' as username and password for sensitive data: lawsuit What Are All Those macOS Catalina Security Alerts? Get a Mac - Vista Vs Mac Get up to 79% off CyberGhost VPN, the best personal VPN solution, that works seamlessly with your Mac, iPhone, iPad, and other devices. Pricing this good doesn't happen very often. Use this special link to save up to 79% on CyberGhost VPN to fortify your online privacy. Don't wait! This special offer is valid this weekend only, through Sunday, November 3, 2019. *Note: 79% discount is based on U.S. pricing; exact percentage of discount varies by currency.
Samsung is foiled by screen protectors, users are spoofed by a clever two-factor authentication con, Firefox offers social tracking protection, and a stalker found his idol by analyzing reflections in her eyes in photos. And Google announces a quantum computing breakthrough that may mean that we need to use reeeeeeaaaaaallllllyyyyy long passwords in the future. Show Notes: Apple Sending User Data to Chinese Company for Fraudulent Website Warnings in Safari Attacker Used Eye Reflections in Pop Star's Photos to Locate Her Home 2FA scam reported: "My pass code was accidentally sent to your phone, as I mistyped my phone number which is similar to yours." Firefox 70 for Mac Brings Social Tracking Protection Google Claims a Quantum Breakthrough That Could Change Computing Get 40% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
After a couple of news items, about Apple sending browsing data to Tencent in China, and a Google exec warning people to be wary of its smart home devices, we discuss Josh's talk at the MacTech conference about developing a security mindset. Show Notes: Apple Sending User Data to Chinese Company for Fraudulent Website Warnings in Safari Apple Clarifies Tencent's Role in Fraudulent Website Warnings, Says No URL Data is Shared and Checks are Limited to Mainland China Hash (Wikipedia) Google exec says Nest owners should warn guests that their conversations might be recorded Josh's MacTech Conference 2019 presentation slides Get 40% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
Getting Ready for Catalina

Getting Ready for Catalina

2019-10-1100:33:32

Josh and Kirk celebrate the two-year anniversary of the podcast, and discuss getting ready to upgrade to Catalina, with tips on how to ensure that your upgrade will be smooth, and the most efficient way to upgrade your Mac. Show Notes: How to Prepare Your Mac to Upgrade to macOS Catalina What Are 32-Bit and 64-Bit Apps, and Why Do They Matter? Setting Up a New Mac: Should You Migrate or Do a Clean Installation? After iTunes: macOS Catalina and the New Media Apps How to Manage Media Files with Apple’s New Music, TV, Podcasts, and Books Apps Use Live Listen with AirPods and Powerbeats Pro Get 40% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
Josh and Kirk discuss the many updates to iOS 13, how legit-looking lightning cables that can hack your devices will soon be on sale, how malspam mostly tries to trick people with bogus links, a Touch ID issue, and much more. Show Notes: Here’s why so many apps are asking to use Bluetooth on iOS 13 Developer of Checkm8 explains why iDevice jailbreak exploit is a game changer Correct Horse Battery Staple Researchers Find New Hack to Read Content Of Password Protected PDF Files Legit-Looking iPhone Lightning Cables That Hack You Will Be Mass Produced and Sold Most malspam contains a malicious URL these days, not file attachments Cannot log in to your banking apps on the iPhone? iOS 13 Touch ID bug may be the reason This new Google tool protects you against dangerous passwords Get 40% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
It hasn't been long, but Apple has already released iOS 13.1, and iPad OS 13.1, both initially scheduled for next week. Josh and Kirk discuss these updates, an Apple security advisory about third-party iOS keyboard apps, and some other security news, then chat about the new Apple Watches and iPhones. Show Notes: Apple issues iOS 13.1.1 and security updates for every OS, even iOS 12 Apple Security Update Info About an issue that impacts third-party keyboard apps in iOS 13 and iPadOS Firefox and Chrome rolling out DNS over HTTPS (DoH) feature The biggest announcements from Amazon’s fall 2019 hardware event Amazon Echo Loop demo Remote-access flaws found in 13 SOHO routers and NAS devices 600,000 GPS trackers for people and pets are using 123456 as a password 15,000 private webcams left open to snooping, no password required Facebook’s Suspension of ‘Tens of Thousands’ of Apps Reveals Wider Privacy Issues Google Keystone Update Damages File System on SIP-Disabled Macs Apple Watch Series 5 Review: incremental changes for a solid device Apple Watch Meyer Lemon Leather Loop Band Review Review: iPhone 11, the iPhone for everyone Get 40% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
As iOS 13 is out, Josh and Kirk discuss its new features and what you can look forward to. They also discuss how smart TVs spy on you and send data about everything you watch, as well as a new SIM card flaw and an iOS 13 lock screen bypass. One note: we mentioned that iOS 13.1 was due to be released on September 30. After we recorded the podcast, Apple announced that iOS 13.1 would be released early, on September 24. Show Notes: Should You Back Up Your iOS Device to iCloud or iTunes? Google Warns LastPass Users Were Exposed To ‘Last Password’ Credential Leak You watch TV. Your TV watches back. New SIM card flaw lets hackers hijack any phone just by sending SMS NetCAT: new attack lets hackers remotely steal data from (specific) Intel (Xeon) CPUs iOS 13 lockscreen bypass What's New in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 Get 40% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
Josh and Kirk celebrate episode 100 of the Intego Mac Podcast with special guest Dave Hamilton and discuss Apple's new iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, Apple Arcade, and Apple TV+. And we discuss changes to Apple's AppleCare extended warranty and insurance plan. Guest: Dave Hamilton Mac Observer Mac Geek Gab Podcast Show Notes: Apple updates iPhone, Apple Watch, and iPad; gives info on Apple Arcade and Apple TV+ AppleCare+ Plans Lasting Service Life of Product Arrive Quietly How to keep older Macs secure: a geeky approach (run Mojave on unsupported Macs) Apple TV+ New 10.2" iPad Apple Watch Series 5 iPhone 11 macOS Catalina: Available in October Get 40% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
Twitter and Deepfakes

Twitter and Deepfakes

2019-09-0600:39:39

Twitter's boss had his Twitter account hacked, and Twitter has disabled a feature from its earliest days, which let you tweet via SMS. Firefox's new update blocks trackers and crypto miners. And we take a look at audio and video deepfakes. Firefox 69 blocks third-party tracking cookies and cryptomining by default Hackers Tweeted Racial Slurs From Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s Account Chloë Grace Moretz's Twitter Hacked, Apparently by Same Group That Took Over Jack Dorsey's The frighteningly simple technique that hijacked Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account The Twitter CEO's Twitter Was Hacked How to use Twitter via SMS Hundreds of Millions of Phone Numbers From Facebook Accounts Leaked Online WordPress plug-in exploits — Critical 'Backdoor Attack' Warning Issued For 60 Million WordPress Users Google Uncovers How Just Visiting Some Sites Were Secretly Hacking iPhones For Years Scammer Successfully Deepfaked CEO's Voice To Fool Underling Into Transferring $243,000 Another convincing deepfake app goes viral prompting immediate privacy backlash Get 40% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
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