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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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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' debateThe 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 ApproachesLos Angeles authorities warn travelers of charging-station hackersJuice Jacking (Wikipedia)FBI issues security warning for smart TVs before you buyNew Lazarus malware variantGet 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 AuthenticateAbout the Apple T2 Security ChipCyberGhost 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: WirecutterCaution! These Black Friday “deals” may be bad for your security6 Cyber Security Tips for Holiday Shopping Online6 Essential Tips to Stay Safe Shopping OnlineBlack Friday 2019 Security Threat: U.S. Government Advises Consumers To Stay VigilantThe Shop at KonMariCyberGhost 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 ProApple TV+Bug in Facebook App Accesses the Camera in the BackgroundFacebook fixes bug that caused iOS app to use the camera in the backgroundNo one should buy the Facebook Portal TVAmazon Ring doorbells exposed home Wi-Fi passwords to hackersHow 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 CommittedResearchers use lasers to hack Siri, Alexa, Google assistantsApple updates its privacy page with sleek new lookiPad 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 ProNew 13.2 Update Bricking Some HomePodsFacebook sues NSO Group, accusing them of exploiting WhatsApp last MayEquifax used 'admin' as username and password for sensitive data: lawsuitWhat Are All Those macOS Catalina Security Alerts?Get a Mac - Vista Vs MacGet 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 SafariAttacker Used Eye Reflections in Pop Star's Photos to Locate Her Home2FA 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 ProtectionGoogle Claims a Quantum Breakthrough That Could Change ComputingGet 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 SafariApple Clarifies Tencent's Role in Fraudulent Website Warnings, Says No URL Data is Shared and Checks are Limited to Mainland ChinaHash (Wikipedia)Google exec says Nest owners should warn guests that their conversations might be recordedJosh's MacTech Conference 2019 presentation slidesGet 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 CatalinaWhat 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 AppsHow to Manage Media Files with Apple’s New Music, TV, Podcasts, and Books AppsUse Live Listen with AirPods and Powerbeats ProGet 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 13Developer of Checkm8 explains why iDevice jailbreak exploit is a game changerCorrect Horse Battery StapleResearchers Find New Hack to Read Content Of Password Protected PDF FilesLegit-Looking iPhone Lightning Cables That Hack You Will Be Mass Produced and SoldMost malspam contains a malicious URL these days, not file attachmentsCannot log in to your banking apps on the iPhone? iOS 13 Touch ID bug may be the reasonThis new Google tool protects you against dangerous passwordsGet 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 12Apple Security Update InfoAbout an issue that impacts third-party keyboard apps in iOS 13 and iPadOSFirefox and Chrome rolling out DNS over HTTPS (DoH) featureThe biggest announcements from Amazon’s fall 2019 hardware eventAmazon 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 requiredFacebook’s Suspension of ‘Tens of Thousands’ of Apps Reveals Wider Privacy Issues Google Keystone Update Damages File System on SIP-Disabled MacsApple Watch Series 5 Review: incremental changes for a solid deviceApple Watch Meyer Lemon Leather Loop Band ReviewReview: iPhone 11, the iPhone for everyoneGet 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 LeakYou watch TV. Your TV watches back.New SIM card flaw lets hackers hijack any phone just by sending SMSNetCAT: new attack lets hackers remotely steal data from (specific) Intel (Xeon) CPUsiOS 13 lockscreen bypass What's New in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13Get 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 HamiltonMac ObserverMac Geek Gab PodcastShow Notes: Apple updates iPhone, Apple Watch, and iPad; gives info on Apple Arcade and Apple TV+AppleCare+ Plans Lasting Service Life of Product Arrive QuietlyHow to keep older Macs secure: a geeky approach (run Mojave on unsupported Macs)Apple TV+New 10.2" iPadApple Watch Series 5iPhone 11 macOS Catalina: Available in OctoberGet 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 defaultHackers Tweeted Racial Slurs From Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s AccountChloë Grace Moretz's Twitter Hacked, Apparently by Same Group That Took Over Jack Dorsey'sThe frighteningly simple technique that hijacked Jack Dorsey’s Twitter accountThe Twitter CEO's Twitter Was HackedHow to use Twitter via SMS Hundreds of Millions of Phone Numbers From Facebook Accounts Leaked OnlineWordPress plug-in exploits — Critical 'Backdoor Attack' Warning Issued For 60 Million WordPress UsersGoogle Uncovers How Just Visiting Some Sites Were Secretly Hacking iPhones For YearsScammer Successfully Deepfaked CEO's Voice To Fool Underling Into Transferring $243,000Another convincing deepfake app goes viral prompting immediate privacy backlashGet 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.
Everyone Is Listening!

Everyone Is Listening!

2019-08-3000:33:19

There's a recurring theme in security and privacy news lately, and that is the fact that everyone is listening. If you use Alexa, OK Google, or Siri, the companies behind these services listen to some of your requests (and sometimes when you don't explicitly ask their devices anything). There's news this week about companies listening and watching, along with some Apple updates, clickjacking scripts on websites, and all the stuff that Facebook knows about you. And we answer a couple of listener questions.SWAPGS Spectre Side-Channel Vulnerability Is My Computer's CPU Secure? (Discussion of Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities) If You Lose Your iPhone, You Can’t Pay Your Apple Card Bill On The Web CPUSetter SnowHaze Apple Accidentally Unpatches Vulnerability, Leading to New iOS 12.4 Jailbreak Apple releases iOS 13.1 beta before iOS 13 is even outThe Many Possibilities of CVE-2019-8646Apple apologises for allowing workers to listen to Siri recordingsMicrosoft Contractors Listened to Xbox Owners in Their HomesDoorbell-camera firm Ring has partnered with 400 police forces, extending surveillance reachClickjacking scripts found on 613 popular sitesYou Can Finally See All Of The Info Facebook Collected About You From Other WebsitesGet 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.
Do Macs need an antivirus?

Do Macs need an antivirus?

2019-08-2300:36:07

There's a question we get asked often: do Macs really need an antivirus? Many people think that Macs are immune to malware, or that security software companies even create malware to sell their products. We give a balanced answer to the question of whether you need to protect your Mac with an antivirus. Apple locked me out of its walled garden. It was a nightmare If You Lose Your iPhone, You Can’t Pay Your Apple Card Bill On The Web Josh’s 28-minute Objective by the Sea v2.0 talk “Fun with Mac Malware Attribution” Do Macs need antivirus software? 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.
Hacker Conventions

Hacker Conventions

2019-08-1600:35:21

Summer is when hackers get together to present and discuss malware, vulnerabilities, and exploits. Two big hacker conventions - Black Hat and DEF CON - were held recently, and we discuss some of the Mac-related discoveries. We also look at some interesting news, including certain Macs being banned by the FCC, and answer a listener question about ransomware and files on a Mac. Facebook admits to reviewing Messenger app audio with ‘hundreds of contractors’ The FAA has banned recalled MacBook Pros from all flights — like any other bad battery How a 'Null' License Plate Landed One Hacker in Ticket Hell Four major dating apps expose precise locations of 10 million users The full version of Josh’s 28-minute Objective by the Sea v2.0 talk “Fun with Mac Malware Attribution” is now available to watch online HT201222 (Apple's security updates page) CUPS (Common UNIX Printing System) These Legit-Looking iPhone Lightning Cables Will Hijack Your Computer Apple expands its bug bounty, increases maximum payout to $1M Patrick Wardle's talk about “Harnessing Weapons of Mac Destruction” Hackers Can Turn Everyday Speakers Into Acoustic Cyberweapons McDonald's restaurant turns to opera to drive out loitering teenagers NCC Group Uncovers Dozens of Vulnerabilities in Six Leading Enterprise Printers 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.
Last week, we discussed how Apple was listening to some of your Siri requests. The company changed its policy, and Amazon and Google followed suit, but what else does Apple listen to? We also discuss Apple's new bug bounty program, how AT&T workers unlocked phones for profit, and how cryptojacking isn't financially viable any more. Apple suspends Siri response grading in response to privacy concerns IBM ViaVoice (Wikipedia) Microsoft Says It 'Listens' to Conversations Only With Permission Apple faces new Class Action for unlawful and intentional recording of individuals’ confidential communications on Siri without their consent Apple Hands Hackers Secret iPhones In A Bid To Boost Security, Sources Say Apple expands its bug bounty, increases maximum payout to $1M AT&T workers bribed to install malware on company network and unlock iPhones Three ads generate 5.5 times more revenue than a web-based cryptojacking script 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 discuss some ways to check that your apps are all compatible with macOS Catilana. We also talk about Apple contractors listening to Siri recordings (but Kirk also adds a last minute update about Apple's change of heart), how the Facebook "Like" button can be a privacy problem, and how Google has discovered some new iOS vulnerabilities.Apple contractors 'regularly hear confidential details' on Siri recordings Apple responds to Guardian report about contractors hearing private conversations while ‘grading’ Siri Apple suspends Siri response grading in response to privacy concerns Companies using Facebook 'Like' button liable for data: EU court Six serious ‘zero interaction’ vulnerabilities found in iOS; one not yet fixed List of 235 apps incompatible with macOS Catalina 10.15 What Are 32-Bit and 64-Bit Apps, and Why Do They Matter? Episode 43: Should You Be Concerned About Porn Blackmail Emails? (Discussion of 32- and 64-bit apps) 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.
Kirk and Josh take a close look at how you can be scammed by social engineering techniques. They also discuss Apple's recent updates to iOS 9 and 10, a report about the increase in malware targeting Macs, and some good and bad news about Google. Update your iPhone or iPad software to avoid issues with location, date, and time The GPS Week Number Rollover: what you need to know “The sample numbers of new malware for macOS nearly tripled” MacVoices #19189: Josh Long of Intego On Malware, Security, Privacy, and Safety Online Google employees are eavesdropping, even in your living room Google Chrome Update Will Close 'Loophole' That Tipped Sites Off to Your Incognito Mode Phishing Dangers in Business and How to Avoid Getting Hooked How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking The Honeymooners - Swanee River (YouTube) Turns Out Wearing a Hi-Vis Vest Gets You Into Everything for Free 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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