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English, Technology, 1 season, 345 episodes, 7 hours, 43 minutes
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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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Episode 345: What caused “deleted” photos to reappear on Apple devices?

Apple releases a fix for the zombie photos bug. But we wonder what may have caused deleted photos to reappear. Microsoft announces an AI feature for its users that takes screenshots continuously. And we've got a quick hands-on look at the new iPad Pro. Show Notes: Google Chrome browser patches 7th zero-day vulnerability of 2024 Recall is Microsoft’s key to unlocking the future of PCs Video of Satya Nadella acting like Recall is not a big deal UK watchdog looking into Microsoft AI taking screenshots iOS 17.5 bug undeleted sensitive photos—even on devices you no longer own Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
5/23/202429 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 344: App Store Fraud, Apple’s “Crush!” Ad, and GPT 4o

Could Apple be getting back into the car business? A rumored alliance with a car company suggests that it's possible. The next generation of ChatGPT was announced as OpenAI continues to push the uncanny envelope. And are zombie photos and other presumed-deleted files reappearing on Apple devices? Show Notes: Apple did eventually pay the security researcher $1,000 for finding his bug Google Chrome browser patches 7th zero-day vulnerability of 2024 Apple’s Planned Obsolescence: iOS 16, macOS Ventura Drop Support for Many Models Apple's Crush! Ad Unreleased Beats Pill Speaker Teased by F1 Driver Daniel Ricciardo App Store stopped over $7 billion in potentially fraudulent transactions Apple distributed a fake LastPass Password Manager in the App Store iPhone owners say the latest iOS update is resurfacing deleted nudes Hello GPT-4o Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
5/16/202429 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 343: Apple “Let Loose”: iPad Pro gets M4 and OLED

We look at what Apple let loose at this week's Apple event: the M4 chip, updated iPads, and the Apple Pencil Pro. Show Notes: Apple Revamps iPad Line, with M4 Processor, New Magic Keyboard, and Apple Pencil Pro Which iPad Is Best for You in 2024? Everything you can do with the Apple Pencil and Logitech Crayon on your iPad Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
5/9/202428 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 342: Apple ID Lockout, AirTag Stalking Laws, and Weak Default Passwords Banned

Apple has yet to explain why many users were recently compelled to log into their Apple ID because they were blocked without apparent cause. States are tightening laws about stalking, because the laws on the books may not cover AirTag and other similar trackers. And what can and what should the government do to prevent the use of weak default device passwords? Show Notes: Apple promoting May 7 keynote as a ‘different kind of Apple Event’ Commission designates Apple's iPadOS under the Digital Markets Act The recent Apple ID password resets: What we know Pennsylvania moves to join states that punish stalkers who use Bluetooth tracking devices Malware: Cuckoo Behaves Like Cross Between Infostealer and Spyware Screenshots suggest TikTok is circumventing Apple App Store commissions TikTok ban in EU is ‘not excluded,’ von der Leyen says No more 12345: devices with weak default passwords to be banned in UK Eken fixes ‘terrible’ video doorbell issue that could let someone spy on you US government says security flaw in Chirp Systems’ app lets anyone remotely control smart home locks Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
5/2/202429 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 341: Is TikTok Safe?

What does the future look like for TikTok now that it has less than a year to avoid being banned in the US. And is the platform safe to use? After two data breaches, Roku introduces so-called two factor authentication. Are Roku users safer? And the rumors say new iPads will be announced next week. Anything else? We'll have a quick preview of Apple's "Let Loose" event. Show Notes: Let Loose, Apple Event May 7 iPadOS 18 could ship with built-in Calculator app, after 14 Calculator-less years Everything you can do with the Apple Pencil and Logitech Crayon on your iPad Kuo: Apple cuts Vision Pro shipments due to low demand Zoom submitted a security update to the App Store 1½ weeks ago… where is it? XAgent Spyware Targeting iOS Devices in Western Europe: Analysis of Capabilities 13-year-old Marco Liberale created a proof-of-concept botnet that works on macOS After my brother’s iPhone got stolen… he got phished The not-so-silent type: Vulnerabilities across keyboard apps reveal keystrokes to network eavesdroppers Roku’s amateur two-factor authentication could put you at risk Windows 11 Start menu ads are now rolling out to everyone China Orders Apple to Remove Popular Messaging Apps Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
4/25/202431 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 340: How Hackers Can Take Over Your Phone by SIM Swapping

The popular streaming service Roku was hit with its second data breach this year, and the info of hundreds of thousands of users was exposed. Another Google service has met its end, we'll tell you about the newest resident of the Google graveyard. And take a deep dive into how hackers use SIM swapping attacks and how you can stop them. Show Notes: Apple alerts users in 92 nations to mercenary spyware attacks About Apple threat notifications and protecting against mercenary spyware Amazon Sidewalk is still a thing — and will be enabled if you aren’t careful Roku hit with second major breach of 2024, this time affecting 576,000 users What is credential stuffing? Why you need unique passwords Meta (again) denies that Netflix read users’ private Facebook messages UK ministers considering banning sale of smartphones to under-16s The Google One VPN service is heading to the Google graveyard Killed by Google Why and how to use a VPN on your Mac or iPhone Intego Privacy Protection VPN (for Mac and Windows) Former telecom manager admits to doing SIM swaps for $1,000 T-Mobile, Verizon workers get texts offering $300 for SIM swaps Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
4/18/202429 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 339: Patches, Data Breaches, and Too Many Messaging Protocols

Both Apple and Microsoft have patched a lot of security vulnerabilities in updates to their operating systems. A new scam uses AI to put the squeeze on victims. Info from a years-old AT&T data breach has been made public and data from 10s of millions of users has been exposed. And Apple has said that the RCS messaging protocol is coming to its operating systems later this year. Just how many messaging protocols is too many? Show Notes: From the Department of Spending Tim Cook’s Money: Online Photo Storage Is Surely Expensive to Offer, but Apple Should Offer More Behind the scenes at Scary Fast: Apple’s keynote event shot on iPhone and edited on Mac Microsoft’s biggest Patch Tuesday in history: 147 vulnerabilities, 2 actively exploited A ‘Law Firm’ of AI Generated Lawyers Is Sending Fake Threats as an SEO Scam Google Chrome Adds V8 Sandbox - A New Defense Against Browser Attacks AT&T data breach exposes 70 million records; here’s how to protect yourself Sunbird, the security nightmare that tried to bring iMessage to Android, is returning Beeper was just acquired by Automattic, which has big plans for the future of messaging Beeper & Texts - Matt Mullenweg’s blog Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
4/11/202429 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 338: Vintage, Obsolete, and a Few Anniversaries

Apple calls old devices "obsolete" and "vintage;” what exactly do these terms mean? Alternative iPhone app stores will soon be available in Europe and new details suggest that some extra effort will be required from users. And all of Apple's M-series processors all have a newly discovered vulnerability that can't be patched without some compromises on speed. Show Notes: The Founding of Apple Computer, Inc. Google Gets the Message, Launches Gmail Apple Says iPhone 6 Plus Now 'Obsolete' and iPad Mini 4 Now 'Vintage' A first look at Europe’s alternative iPhone app stores A quarter of Apple's revenue will come from Services by 2025 iOS 17.5 Might Expand 'Found Moving With You' Alerts to Third-Party Item Trackers Vermont authorities warn residents to check for hidden AirTags after road trips to Canada Update to the MFA bombing story from last week: Apple responds New Darcula phishing service targets iPhone users via iMessage Unpatchable vulnerability in Apple chip leaks secret encryption keys New Chrome feature aims to stop hackers from using stolen cookies Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
4/4/202428 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 337: WWDC, DOJ, and Smart Rings

New MacOS updates with fixes arrived this week: we’ve got some details. Rumors of an Apple Ring compelled us to look into the market-leading Oura ring. A security setting for Apple's Journal app has generated some confusion: we’ll try to straighten things out. And the dates for Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference have been announced. We'll have some guesses of what might be coming. Show Notes: WWDC 24 U.S. Sues Apple, Accusing It of Maintaining an iPhone Monopoly For the Journal app, ‘Discoverable by Others’ is on by default. It isn’t as scary as it sounds. The same researcher found 2 more apps distributing pirated video content. Recent ‘MFA Bombing’ Attacks Targeting Apple Users Apple Watch Compared to Oura Ring: Which Is Better for Tracking Activity and Sleep? Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
3/28/202428 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 336: When Should You Not Update Your Mac to the Latest Version of macOS?

"Update-a-phobia". When do potential bugs in new system software updates outweigh the safety of new security patches? Apple faces a class action lawsuit that complains about its iCloud and backup limitations. And what will the iOS landscape look like if Apple has to permit third-party app stores throughout the world? Show Notes: Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh macOS Sonoma 14.4: Reasons Not to Update Apple: Manuals, Specs, and Downloads Apple hit with class action lawsuit over iCloud's 5GB limit We’re one step closer to a global cybersecurity standard for smart home devices Complying with the Digital Markets Act Apple worries DMA has lowered the cost of iPhone exploits Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
3/21/202430 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 335: 68 Vulnerabilities Patched!

Apple's latest macOS release patches 68 vulnerabilities, and that's a lot. The latest GarageBand update contains a quiet and un-noted security fix. Prevent your IP address from being detected in messaging apps; why that's a good idea. And we share some speculation on future iPads that Apple might have in the pipeline. Show Notes: Apple patches security flaw in GarageBand 10.4.11 for macOS Sonoma, Ventura Base Model M3 MacBook Air Has Faster SSD Speeds After Controversy With Previous Model Bitcoin app accused of stealing $120,000 in another App Store failure How to avoid exposing your IP or location in FaceTime, WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, X, and other apps New iPads may be coming soon, but they won’t change the awkward spot the iPad is in Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
3/14/202430 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 334: Unintended Consequences of Third-Party iOS App Stores

iOS and iPadOS updates bring security fixes and changes for iPhone users in the European Union. Those changes include Alternative App Marketplaces, AKA third-party app stores, on iOS, and Apple’s approach puts user security at risk. Show Notes: iOS 17.4 brings changes to iOS App Store, browsers, contactless payments in the EU Apple Terminated Epic’s Developer Account - Epic Games How to choose the right Mac for your use case in 2024 The Complete Guide to Apple Watch Bands in 2024: Sizing, Styles, and More About alternative app marketplaces in the European Union – Apple Support Calendar Meeting Links Used to Spread Mac Malware Backdoor Activator Malware Running Rife Through Torrents of macOS Apps Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
3/7/202430 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 333: Stealer Malware, App Store Scams, and The Demise of the Apple Car

Stealer malware continues to spawn variants, poisoning ad-search platforms and hijacking cryptocurrency wallets. How much is actually being done to detect and neutralize Stealer related wrongdoing? App subscription scams on the App Store are on the increase: what's Apple doing about it? And the Apple Car project has ended. What will Apple be working on next instead? Show Notes: Atomic macOS Stealer (AtomicStealer, AMOS) is still active, spreading via Google Ads App Store/Google Play Multi-million-dollar scam apps Cancelling the Apple Car is a good move, says Morgan Stanley China’s Electric Vehicles Are Going to Hit Detroit Like a Wrecking Ball Apple Ponders Whether to Develop Smart Glasses, Fitness Ring Apple Begins Selling Refurbished iMac With M3 Chip for $1,099 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
2/29/202429 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 332: Hackers Hacked, DoJ Strikes Back, and Messaging Apps on the Right Track

A hacker group known as Wicked Panda experiences its own data breach of collected data. What exactly happens when the hackers get hacked? The US Department of Justice quietly shuts down Russian malware installed on US routers. The Signal messaging app introduces usernames to replace phone numbers in its latest beta. And Apple is giving the Music app the ability to import your playlists from Spotify. Show Notes: A first analysis of the i-Soon data leak LockBit ransomware disrupted by global police operation A fake Rabby Wallet cryptocurrency app appeared in the App Store Fake crypto app on the App Store reportedly stole thousands of dollars from users DOJ quietly removed Russian malware from routers in US homes and businesses Keep your phone number private with Signal usernames iMessage with PQ3: The new state of the art in quantum-secure messaging at scale How Quantum Computing Will Affect Computer Security and Passwords Don't put a wet iPhone into rice, says new Apple support document Apple Music beta trials new feature for importing Spotify playlists VoltSchemer attacks use wireless chargers to inject voice commands, fry phones Introducing Mozilla Monitor Plus, a new tool to automatically remove your personal information from data broker sites DuckDuckGo browser upgrade: Privately sync your bookmarks and passwords across devices Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
2/22/202428 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 331: iTunes, iMessage, and Vision Pro

Why was Apple slow to remove a dangerous fake app copycat from the App Store? EU regulators change their tune on iMessage. Apple finally releases new media apps for Windows users. And the Vision Pro is shipping; we tried it out in an Apple Store. Show Notes: New Stealthy "RustDoor" Backdoor Targeting Apple macOS Devices Apple distributed a fake LastPass Password Manager in the App Store Apple officially splits up iTunes for Windows into separate apps Apple's iMessage Avoids EU's Digital Markets Act Regulation How to keep using Steam games on macOS Mojave after February 15, 2024 Apple Vision Pro: What is it, and is it right for you? A hands-on review Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
2/15/202430 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 330: Apple and the EU: Changes Coming Soon

Apple attributes a hacker with a discovery of a vulnerability just after he's arrested for hacking and scamming Apple. Researchers in Cupertino have created a new AI model that assists with image editing; is it coming to Apple’s Photos app? And the Digital Markets Act takes effect in the EU soon. What differences can European iPhone users expect when it comes to buying and downloading software? Show Notes: Apple patches first “exploited” vulnerability in visionOS 1.0.2 Security researcher used Apple systems to scam $2.5M of iPhones, Macs, and gift cards Why Did Apple Put Through a Fraudulent Charge on my Credit Card? Is it Related to My Apple Support Profile? New Apple AI Model Edits Images Based on Natural Language Input Global ransomware threat expected to rise with AI, NCSC warns The Mac and iPhone malware of 2023—and what to expect in 2024 Deepfake colleagues trick HK clerk into paying HK$200m WhatsApp Chats Will Soon Work With Other Encrypted Messaging Apps No, 3 million electric toothbrushes were not used in a DDoS attack Apple announces changes to iOS, Safari, and the App Store in the European Union Changes Coming to Apple App Stores, Browsers, and Contactless Payments in the EU Mozilla is 'Extremely Disappointed' With Implementation of Apple's EU Browser Engine Change Apple Opens Up NFC to Third-Party Apps in EU, Allowing New Tap-to-Pay Options Here’s the new Apple tax every developer is going to hate If Apple allows sideloading in iOS 17, how will iPhone security be affected? VirusBarrier for iOS 8 VirusBarrier X9: How to Scan iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
2/8/202430 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 329: A Look Back at 2023’s Mac Malware, and What To Expect in 2024

We take a close look at the malware that has affected the Mac, iPhone, and iPad in 2023, and highlight which types of malware are likely to be common in 2024. Show Notes: The Mac and iPhone malware of 2023 — and what to expect in 2024 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
2/1/202424 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 328: The Macintosh Turns 40 Years Old

We take a look at the latest security patches released in Apple's newest operating system updates, and explains how Apple's new Stolen Device Protection feature for iPhone can keep your data safe. A popular brand of Wi-Fi router just got important security enhancements for its firmware: we’ll tell you what to check. And we have a look back at the Mac on the 40th anniversary of Apple's Macintosh computer. Show Notes: ASUS has just released an update for its ASUS Router app, with “security enhancements” Zoom release notes How to enable Stolen Device Protection for iPhone Amazon’s Ring to Stop Letting Police Request Doorbell Video From Users Apple Macintosh Turns 40: A look back at 10 important milestones in the Mac’s history Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
1/25/202430 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 327: Tom Cruise Is in the Heating Ducts

Apple issues an security patch for its Magic Keyboard. It turns out that Google Chrome's Incognito Mode is not so incognito. AppleCoin, more invoice phishing, and Amazon delivery hacks: they're all scams in this week's ScamWatch. And app sideloading is coming to iPhones in EU countries. Show Notes: Magic Keyboard Firmware Update 2.0.6 Apple Releasing iOS 17.3 Next Week With These New Features Apple GPU security flaw in iPhone 12 and M2 MacBook Air LeftoverLocals: Listening to LLM responses through leaked GPU local memory Apple Watch drops blood oxygen features to dodge the import ban Apple May Sell Series 9 and Ultra 2 Watches Without Blood Oxygen App in U.S. Amid Patent Dispute Apple iPhone global market share reaches top spot in 2023 App Store to Be 'Split in Two' Ahead of EU iPhone Sideloading Deadline PSA: Warn your non-techy friends about fake AppleCoin ads Grieving mother falls victim to Amazon one-time password ‘scam’ “Geek Squad” Emails Scam Sends Fake Invoices Using HousecallPro Servers Google fixes first actively exploited Chrome zero-day of 2024 Google quietly updates Chrome’s incognito warning in wake of tracking lawsuit Am I Unique? Beeper Mini users find Macs banned from iMessage network Sosumi Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
1/18/202429 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 326: Apple’s Vision Pro and New Tech at CES

Apple's latest response to the EU's anti-trust regulators could be a bit of a stretch. A Chinese group claims to have been able to hack Apple's AirDrop, a shocker if true. Password manager LastPass makes its passwords more secure, something experts say should have been done a long time ago. And new gear is in the spotlight as CES gets underway and Apple gets ready for the debut of its Vision Pro headset. Show Notes: Belkin Auto-Tracking Stand Pro with DockKit Samsung’s Ballie robot is now a projector that follows you around Rabbit r1 Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 7 Apple Vision Pro available in the U.S. on February 2 Apple disputes EU rules labeling its 5 App Stores as one service AirDrop 'Cracked' By Chinese Authorities to Identify Senders AirDrop crack: Apple was made aware of the vulnerability in 2019 Apple removes nine cryptocurrency apps from India App Store LastPass Increases Password Minimum Character Limit to 12 4 Best Password Managers in 2024: How to choose the right one for you Unlock 1Password with a passkey (beta) SpectralBlur Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
1/11/202426 minutes
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Episode 325: Looking Back at Apple Security and Privacy in 2023

A new Link History setting in the Facebook mobile app has a big catch buried in the small print. Some important open source software on macOS hasn't been updated by Apple despite known vulnerabilities. Stealer malware and session cookie theft continues to be a problem in the new year. And we have a look back at some of the security stories we covered in 2023. Show Notes: How to Turn Off Facebook’s Link History Data-Gathering Tool Nearly 11 million SSH servers vulnerable to new Terrapin attacks Malware abuses Google OAuth endpoint to ‘revive’ cookies, hijack accounts Apple Security and Privacy in 2023: The Year in Review Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
1/4/202430 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 324: Apple Watch, Japan and App Sideloading, CarPlay, and Vision Pro

The Apple Watch gets a reprieve, for a short time anyway. Japan is following the EU's lead by considering a law forcing Apple to allow sideloading on iPhones. Auto manufacturers are already announcing next generation CarPlay features. And we discuss reports of a rumored sooner-than-later release of Apple's new Vision Pro. Show Notes: Urgent: New Chrome Zero-Day Vulnerability Exploited in the Wild - Update ASAP Japan Preparing EU-Style Law to Force Apple to Allow App Sideloading and More New Go-Based JaskaGO Malware Targeting Windows and macOS Systems Apple Won't Be Able to Repair Out-of-Warranty Apple Watches Due to Import Ban Federal court blocks Apple Watch ban pending appeal First Vehicles With Next-Generation Apple CarPlay Announced Ahead of 2024 Launch Google will update Maps to prevent authorities from accessing location history data Apple reportedly plans Vision Pro launch by February Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
12/28/202330 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 323: Apple Watch Ban, Clean Up Your Social Media Accounts, and Use Dictation and Predictive Text on Macs

Two Apple Watch models are no longer for sale in the US. We'll tell you why. macOS and iOS got fixes in some fast updates this week. A quick how-to on removing your posts from social media services, and some tips on dictation and Predictive Text, both of which have been improved in the latest Apple operating systems. Show Notes: Apple is reportedly scrambling to update Apple Watch software to avoid a looming ban About the security content of macOS Sonoma 14.2.1 iOS 17.2.1 Release Notes Mention Battery Drain Fix in Some Countries SSH protects the world’s most sensitive networks. It just got a lot weaker Apple neglects to patch multiple critical vulnerabilities in macOS How to easily remove old Facebook posts and X/Twitter tweets Save time typing with dictation and predictive text in macOS Sonoma, iOS 17, and iPadOS 17 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
12/21/202329 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 322: Should Apple Make iMessage for Android?

New updates for Apple's operating systems contain security fixes and new features. But a few promised new features didn't make it this trip. And we have a discussion about messaging on Android. Should Apple provide an iMessage app for Android? Show Notes: Messenger is finally getting end-to-end encryption by default Beeper Mini is broken, with iMessage not sending or receiving just days after launch Apple confirms that it shut down Beeper Mini’s iMessage for Android, and will continue to do so Beeper Mini Is Back Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
12/14/202329 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 321: Is Your iPhone’s Lockdown Mode Fake?

Fake loan apps aren't getting removed from the Apple App Store fast enough, and scammers continue to prey on users. Push notifications can be hacked to grab your personal information; we explain how it's being done by government agencies. And we take a look at a newly discovered technique that can fool users of Apple's Lockdown Mode. Show Notes: Expert Warns of Turtle macOS Ransomware Fraud loan app ranks #1 in App Store search results in India after just 3 days Governments spying on Apple, Google users through push notifications iMessage now likely to not be governed by EU’s DMA due to small number of users in Europe ‘Beeper Mini’ brings native iMessage support to Android, no Apple sign-in required Google to Delete Inactive Gmail Accounts From Today: What You Need to Know Jamf shares exploit that fools users into believing their hacked iPhone is safe Force restart iPhone Intego white paper: Mac Malware Attribution Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
12/7/202328 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 320: NameDrop, a Bluetooth Vulnerability, and a Chrome Zero-Day

The Chrome browser just got another update with security patches for serious vulnerabilities. A new Bluetooth vulnerability has been discovered that could allow hackers to listen in on your personal audio. And how much personal information are you actually transmitting when you share your contact info using Apple's Name Drop feature? Show Notes: Google Chrome emergency update fixes 6th zero-day exploited in 2023 New BLUFFS attack lets attackers hijack Bluetooth connections North Korean hackers combine malware to attack macOS (KandyKorn) Konni Group Using Russian-Language Malicious Word Docs in Latest Attacks A Word of Caution on MacOS Updates Brit borough council apologizes for telling website users to disable HTTPS Plex users rage over Discover Together privacy concerns Police Departments and News Sites Spreading Misinformation About How iOS 17 NameDrop Feature Works AirTags are the new go-to tool for cops after spike in car thefts Don’t buy these tech products on Black Friday or Cyber Monday How to Install macOS Sonoma on Unsupported Macs, for Security Improvements Intego’s Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Intego’s Cyber Monday deal has been extended through Sunday, December 3, 2023. Intego Mac Podcast listeners can use this link (https://offer.intego.com/PodcastMACAV_jr0w0yuu3) to get up to 65% off Intego software, our best deal of the year! Don’t miss your last chance to save big this holiday season.
11/30/202332 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 319: Epic Shenanigans, Nothingburger, and RCS

RCS, the messaging protocol used by Android, is coming to the Apple iPhone. How will it affect your messaging habits? The Nothing phone we talked about last week has failed miserably. And alarmingly. And new Apple patents suggest some interesting new iPhone features that can prevent spying. Show Notes: Apple extends Emergency SOS via satellite for an additional free year for existing iPhone 14 users Apple announces that RCS support is coming to iPhone next year RCS messages will use green bubbles, Apple confirms Apple to appeal EU ruling that forces company to make changes to the ‘gatekeeper’ App Store and iMessage iPhone App Sideloading Coming to Users in the EU in First Half of 2024 Apple’s Black Friday & Cyber Monday Shopping Event Follow up on Nothing/Sunbird — they weren’t even using HTTPS ClearFake Campaign Expands to Target Mac Systems with Atomic Stealer Apple Explores iPhone 'Privacy Screens', Macs With Adjustable Viewing Angles Why Apple is working hard to break into its own iPhones Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. From November 23–27, 2023, and use this link - exclusively for Intego Mac Podcast listeners — to get our Black Friday and Cyber Monday savings. You can get up to 65% off Intego software, our best deal of the year! Don’t miss out. And share this link with your friends and family!
11/23/202329 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 318: An Apple Security Slip-Up, Counterfeit iPhones, and Black Friday Shopping Tips

Has Apple dropped the ball on providing a security patch for a popular macOS command line too? A user receives a counterfeit phone instead of an iPhone, but in a way that even Houdini might have had trouble making happen. And some tips on shopping for tech devices safely and securely during Black Friday sales. Show Notes: Apple neglects to patch multiple critical vulnerabilities in macOS Nothing is bringing iMessage to its Android phone Apple discontinues sales of last macOS install DVDs OS X Mountain Lion was #1 on App Store when Mavericks was released 10 years ago Apple Stops Signing iOS 17.1, Preventing Downgrading Apple extends Emergency SOS via satellite for an additional free year for existing iPhone 14 users Man orders iPhone 15 Pro from Apple, gets Android copy instead Caution! These Black Friday “deals” may be bad for your security 8 essential tips to stay safe shopping online on Cyber Monday and Cyber Week Fakespot Chat, Mozilla’s first LLM, lets online shoppers research products via an AI chatbot Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
11/16/202329 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 317: Apple, Hackers, Google, and Grok

Apple has updated many of its operating systems, but there don't seem to be any security fixes. Can we be sure? We also discuss BlueNoroff hackers, Google deleting unused accounts, and new AI tools, including Grok, and how there are already scam apps pretending to offer access to it. Show Notes: Apple releases macOS Sonoma 14.1.1, iOS 17.1.1, and more—but no security updates BlueNoroff hackers backdoor Macs with new ObjCShellz malware There is no Apple Silicon iMac 27-inch coming The iMac has become a computer in search of a purpose M3 vs M3 Pro vs M3 Max: specs, features compared Inactive Google Account Policy WhatsApp Now Lets You Hide Your IP Address During Calls Developer shows progress on QEMU-based iPhone OS emulator, now running version 2.1 Apple and Google host fake xAI Grok chat-bot apps in their App Stores OpenAI announces updates to ChatGPT, including GPT-4 Turbo Brave’s “Leo” is a new ‘anonymous and secure’ AI chatbot Samsung’s Galaxy S24 will likely include on-device generative AI called Samsung Gauss Google introduces real-time scanning on Android devices to fight malicious apps Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
11/9/202330 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 316: Apple's New M3 Chips, and iLeakage Attack Steals Passwords and Data from Safari

Apple has updated all its operating systems again, the company introduced new M3 chips and upgraded MacBook Pros and iMacs, and we discuss how Apple's product line is not to big, not too small, just about right. Show Notes: Apple releases macOS Sonoma 14.1, iOS 17.1, and more, with security updates Apple Introduces M3 Family of Chips, Upgrades MacBook Pro and iMac Behind the scenes at Scary Fast: Apple’s keynote event shot on iPhone and edited on Mac Here's why Apple is flying a pirate flag to celebrate its 40th anniversary iLeakage Attack could let hackers steal passwords, data from Safari on Macs LastPass breach linked to theft of $4.4 million in crypto Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
11/2/202330 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 315: The End of iTunes, Amazon and Passkeys, and Chrome Hiding IP Addresses

Apple is finally planning to kill off iTunes on Windows, Amazon now offers passkeys for logins, and Google Chrome will allow users to hide their IP addresses; just like Apple's iCloud Private Relay. Show Notes: French authority leaks iOS 17.1 launch date: “by October 24 at the latest” “Scary Fast” Apple Event on October 30 (Twitter link to thoughts by Mark Gurman and Ming-Chi Kuo on what will be presented next week) Apple Is Finally Killing Off iTunes – for Real This Time Apple Releases iTunes for Windows Update With Option to Listen to Podcasts and Audiobooks Apple hikes Apple One cost by up to $5 as most services prices rise Hacker leaks 4.1 million additional 23andMe genetic data profiles Amazon now lets you log in with Apple's Passkeys 1Password detects “suspicious activity” in its internal Okta account Okta says hackers breached its support system and viewed customer files Fake KeePass site uses Google Ads and Punycode to push malware Firesheep is 13 years old Google Chrome's new "IP Protection" will hide users' IP addresses Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
10/26/202329 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 314: Why Are the Apple Pencil and iPad Product Lines so Confusing?

Apple releases a new Apple Pencil, which joins the Apple Pencil and the Apple Pencil in the company's product line. If you think this is confusing, take a look at the current iPad models available. Apple needs to simplify. We also discuss the week's security news. Show Notes: French authority leaks iOS 17.1 launch date Chrome on iOS and Android will now detect URL typos Josh’s bad experience with Adblock Plus’s typo correction feature in 2012 Signal responds to “vague viral reports alleging a Signal 0-day vulnerability” Dozens of stalking victims join AirTag class action suit against Apple Over 40,000 admin portal accounts use 'admin' as a password OSX/CrescentCore: Mac malware designed to evade antivirus Apple introduces new Apple Pencil, bringing more value and choice to the lineup Everything you can do with the Apple Pencil and Logitech Crayon on your iPad “Yuck! Nobody Wants a Stylus” (Jobs, 2007) vs. Apple Pencil (Schiller, 2015 Steve Jobs introduces the consumer/pro, desktop/portable quadrant Apple rolls out iPad eSIM support in China Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
10/19/202327 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 313: DragonEgg, Watering Holes, Google Passkeys, and curl

We look at DragonEgg malware for Android, which has a link to some Mac surveillanceware, and is a watering hole. Google is now requiring passkeys for personal accounts. And the curl command line tool has a serious vulnerability that Apple needs to patch. Show Notes: About the security content of iOS 17.0.3 and iPadOS 17.0.3 About the security content of iOS 16.7.1 and iPadOS 16.7.1 curl 8.4.0 resolves a high-severity vulnerability Researchers Link DragonEgg Android Spyware to LightSpy iOS Surveillanceware Cloudflare, Google, Amazon, Microsoft explain what’s behind the largest DDoS attacks ever Apple bows to China, starts enforcing App Store rules Firefox tests a built-in checker for fake reviews Google will now make passkeys the default for personal accounts What are Passkeys, and how do they work? Three Individuals Convicted for Laundering Money Stolen from Scam Victims Through Gift Cards ‘I felt powerless’: how a crypto scam cost a finance boss £300,000 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
10/12/202329 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 312: Top 10 Features of macOS Sonoma

We look at the top 10 new features in macOS Sonoma, then take a closer look at two of the features that we think everyone should check out. Show Notes: Top 10 New Features in macOS Sonoma How to Use Web Apps in macOS Sonoma, and Why You Should How to Use Desktop Widgets on macOS Sonoma Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
10/5/202329 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 311: Getting Ready for macOS Sonoma

Apple has released macOS Sonoma, and we discuss how to prepare your Mac to upgrade to this new operating system. We also talk about the dozens of security fixes included in macOS Sonoma, and how one file format that has been supported on the Mac for decades is going away. Show Notes: Apple releases macOS Sonoma 14, Safari 17 with 60+ security updates Apple patches Predator-exploited vulnerabilities for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS PostScript’s sudden death in Sonoma Is My Intego Software Compatible With macOS Sonoma? SpamSieve GPGTools How to Prepare Your Mac to Upgrade to macOS Sonoma: the Ultimate Guide Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
9/28/202327 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 310: Welcome to iOS 17!

Apple has released iOS 17 and iPadOS 17, along with new versions of operating systems for the Apple Watch, Apple TV, and HomePod. We discuss some of our favorite new features. We also look at radiation fears in France for the iPhone 12, and we examine why Apple may want to build a stock trading service into its devices. One correction: Standby Mode doesn't require a MagSafe charger, but just needs to be plugged in and on its side. Show Notes: Chromebooks will get 10 years of automatic updates Apple to Launch 'Low-Cost' MacBook Series Next Year to Rival Chromebooks Apple Now Encrypts Titles of Voice Memos Stored in iCloud on iOS 17 and macOS Sonoma for Added Privacy France demands Apple pull iPhone 12 due to high RF radiation levels Apple and Goldman Sachs Planned to Launch iPhone Stock Trading Feature Last Year The Signal Protocol used by 1+ billion people is getting a post-quantum makeover Top 12 New Features in iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 iOS 17 is probably hitting your battery hard today — but that's expected The Complete Guide to Apple MagSafe Chargers, Cases, and Accessories Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
9/21/202329 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 309: The “Wonderlust” Apple Event

This week, Apple introduced new Apple Watch and iPhone models. We look at all the new features, and we discuss recent Apple security updates to older operating systems, new Mac malware, and patches to Chrome and Firefox for serious vulnerabilities. Show Notes: Apple patches 2 actively exploited vulns in macOS Ventura, iOS 16, watchOS 9 A plethora of Pegasus patches: Chrome, old Apple OSes get updates New 'MetaStealer' malware targets Intel-based macOS systems Everything Apple announced at its “Wonderlust” event: iPhone 15, Watch Series 9, and more Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
9/14/202329 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 308: Why SMS is Insecure, and 6 Hidden macOS Features

SMS is a popular text messaging system, but it's not secure. We take a deep dive into how SMS works, and how to use it. We also look at six features of macOS that you may never have discovered. Show Notes: 6 Cool macOS Features You Probably Don’t Know About Take a Memo: Ten Tips for Successful Voice Dictation What is SMS? How It works, why it’s insecure… and why we still need it Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
9/7/202329 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 307: Fraudulent App Store apps, Spamoflauge, and Will the UK Ban Security Updates?

Apple is a bit slow in deleting fraudulent apps from its App Store, but they are catching up. Meta says it has disrupted Spamoflauge, a major Chinese disinformation network. And the UK wants to end end-to-end encryption for messaging apps; does this mean the government will have to approve security updates? Show Notes: USB-C and Thunderbolt: Understanding Ports and Cables for Macs and iPads Apple removes fraudulent loan apps from App Store after hundreds of thousands of downloads Meta issues detailed report about Spamoflauge, major Chinese disinformation network Changes to UK Surveillance Regime May Violate International Law It’s not just iMessages: UK government could ban Apple security updates A Skype app vulnerability could expose your IP address to hackers — and Microsoft has yet to fix it IP Void MXToolbox Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
8/31/202329 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 306: Why Do iOS App Update Release Notes Not Mention Security Updates?

Most iOS apps don't mention security updates in their release notes. We look into this, and suggest that Apple may have some work to do. We also discuss a small macOS update, smart ring technology, and the Batterygate class action lawsuit payouts. Show Notes: Apple released yet another non-security patch: macOS Ventura 13.5.1 No more macOS Big Sur updates 10-month zero-day vulnerability disclosed: macOS App Management vulnerability illustrated Apple's defense against apps vandalizing other apps still broken, developer claims New Variant of XLoader macOS Malware Disguised as 'OfficeNote' Productivity App Apple to pay out $500M for iPhone battery issues iPhone 14, 14 Pro owners complain about battery capacity that’s already falling off This AI-generated crypto invoice scam almost got me, and I'm a security pro MSNBC’s Chris Hayes almost fell for an X (Twitter) phishing scam Apple researching a Smart Ring for notifications and controlling other devices At RSA Conference, Josh saw a wearable ring for biometric MFA Zoom issued a security update for its iOS app How to enable automatic updates on iOS CVE Python script to download CVE info for iOS apps Scraped data of 2.6 million Duolingo users released on hacking forum High severity vuln in WinRAR could allow code to run when files are opened Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
8/24/202328 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 305: NightOwl, Downfall, and LinkedIn Hacks

A banal Mac app to granularly adjust Light Mode and Dark Mode was bought out by a shady company, and enlists Macs in a botnet. A new Intel CPU vulnerability may affect older Macs. And a lot of LinkedIn accounts have been hacked; we offer some suggestions on how to protect your account. Show Notes: Apple Security Update info Video of "Join This Apple TV?" iPhone alerts that kept appearing at DEF CON Downfall This $70 device can spoof an Apple device and trick you into sharing your password LinkedIn accounts hacked in widespread hijacking campaign August 15 was iMac's 25th birthday Did the NightOwl app really join Macs to a botnet army? Maker of Chrome extension with 300,000+ users tells of constant pressure to sell out Full transcript of this episode Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
8/17/202329 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 304: Chrome, Google, and QR Code Parking Scams

There's a lot of news about Google this week. Chrome will move to weekly security patches, because of the many vulnerabilities in the browser. Google is encrypting RCS chats by default. And a $5 billion lawsuit against Google highlights misunderstandings about private browsing, or incognito mode. Show Notes: An update on Chrome Security updates – shipping security fixes to you faster Chrome Developer site “Absurd”: Google, Amazon rebuked over unsupported Chromebooks still for sale Another User Locked Out of Apple Account Large Spike In QR Code Parking Scams New acoustic attack steals data from keystrokes with 95% accuracy Privacy-focused Brave Search launches its own image and video search $5 billion Google lawsuit over ‘incognito mode’ tracking moves a step closer to trial Google Messages now encrypts RCS conversations by default; encrypts group chats now, too Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
8/10/202329 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 303: Apple Updates, VaporMalware, and the Cyber Trust Mark

Another round of Apple security updates, another instance of vaporMalware, and the UK's drive to remove end-to-end encryption for messaging apps. We also discuss the coming Cyber Trust Mark, which is a way of labelling IoT devices. Show Notes: Urgent: macOS Ventura 13.5, iOS 16.6, etc. fix major kernel vulnerability ChatGPT uncovers Mac malware on the Dark Web Apple threatens to kill iMessage & FaceTime in UK if controversial law passes 10 Ways End-to-Encryption Protects Your Data, Your Privacy, and Your Bank Balance Canon warns printer users to manually wipe Wi-Fi settings before discarding Google testing AI tool that writes news articles The Cyber Trust Mark is a voluntary IoT label coming in 2024. What does it mean? Certification Mark – U.S. Cybersecurity Labeling Program for Smart Devices Recommended Criteria for Cybersecurity Labeling for Consumer Internet of Things (IoT) Products Google rolls out anti-stalking measures for AirTag and other Bluetooth trackers Western Digital HDD capacity hits 28TB as Seagate looks to 30TB and beyond Ingenious hack powers M1 Mac mini with Ethernet cable Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
8/3/202328 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 302: Old Macs, iPhones, and iPads Will Miss Out on These New Features

Macs, iPhones, and iPads can last along time, but if they're more than a few years old, you won't get all the new features in Apple's latest operating systems. In this year's macOS Sonoma, iOS 17, and iPadOS 17, older devices will miss out on some interesting new features. And running older Macs may even be dangerous. Show Notes: When does an old Mac become unsafe to use? If Your Mac is Too Old, You Won’t Get These New Features in macOS Sonoma If Your iPhone or iPad Is Too Old, You Won’t Get These New Features in iOS 17 or iPadOS 17 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
7/27/202327 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 301: ShadowVault, WormGPT, and Apple's Re-released Rapid Security Response

There's new malware that's supposedly in the wild, but no one has samples. Is it a threat? We also look at WormGPT, the evil twin of ChatGPT, Apple's re-released Rapid Security Response, and Apple's new ad about security and privacy features. Show Notes: Rapid Security Response iOS 16.5.1 (c), iPadOS 16.5.1 (c), or macOS Ventura 13.4.1 (c) WormGPT: New AI Tool Allows Cybercriminals to Launch Sophisticated Cyber Attacks ShadowVault is the latest Mac data-stealer malware, reportedly Apple ad: Underdogs Former contractor accused of remotely accessing town's water treatment facility New Beats Studio Pro headphones It's official: Smartphones will need to have replaceable batteries by 2027 Microsoft is scanning the inside of password-protected zip files for malware Microsoft neglected to patch zero-day vulnerability in July patch cycle Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
7/20/202327 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 300: Apple's Bungled Rapid Security Response

Apple issued a rapid security response, to patch a vulnerability that has been exploited in the wild, and had to pull it a few hours later. We also discuss Meta's Threads, more Scamazon issues, and, for our 300th episode, we look at how the security and privacy landscape has changed in the six years of this podcast. Show Notes: If you applied Rapid Security Response iOS 16.5.1 (a), iPadOS 16.5.1 (a), or macOS Ventura 13.4.1 (a) Threads is Instagram’s Twitter; Here’s how to manage your privacy and security settings Josh discovered you can view deleted Threads posts Scam loan apps in the App Store threaten to send fake nudes to contacts Liberté, Égalité, Spyware: France okays cops snooping on phones Amazon… more like SCAMazon - Fake SSDs Episode 282, where we discussed the Scamazon issue Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
7/13/202329 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 299: Threads Launches, Amazon Primes Again, and Carmakers Surveil Drivers

Meta's Twitter competitor Threads has launched, and with it comes the same privacy risks as with the company's Facebook and Twitter. Amazon Prime Day is just around the corner, and we explain why that cheap iPhone might not be a good deal. And US carmakers are snarfing up data from Bluetooth connected phones. Show Notes: Firefox to end macOS Mojave, Windows 7/8 updates—Here’s why that’s a good thing Meta is launching “Threads, an Instagram app” (a Twitter competitor) on July 6 *Note: a few hours after we recorded, Twitter stopped blocking non-logged in users from viewing tweets.* 8 essential tips to stay safe shopping online on Cyber Monday and Cyber Week Caution! These Black Friday “deals” may be bad for your security - these tips also apply to Amazon Prime Day. CamelCamelCamel Pricepulse Surveillance on Wheels: How Top US Car Makers Spy on Drivers How to take control of another computer using Google Chrome Remote Desktop Google's Dark Web Monitoring Feature Now Available for All US Gmail Users Tor Project Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
7/6/202327 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 298: Hallucinating Bots, Unsolicited Smartwatches, and Could this Be the End of End-to-End Encryption?

AI bots make things up, and the web is at risk of becoming overloaded with low-quality articles. Some US military have been receiving unsolicited smartwatches; they have been warned not to turn them on. And a bill in the UK threatens to end end-to-end encryption. Show Notes: Tour de France Tour de France Unchained Silo on Twitter iOS 17 Expands Communication Safety Worldwide, Turned On by Default Turn your phone off every night for five minutes, Australian PM tells residents CID Lookout: Unsolicited Smartwatches Received by Mail Apple joins opposition to encrypted message app scanning 10 Ways End-to-Encryption Protects Your Data, Your Privacy, and Your Bank Balance Moving data from iCloud may need to be made easier under upcoming EU law Google Takeout AI is killing the old web, and the new web struggles to be born Android’s emergency call shortcut is flooding dispatchers with false calls Transcript of this episode Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
6/29/202329 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 297: JokerSpy, Passkeys, Apple Security Updates, and New Private Browsing Features

JokerSpy malware targets Macs, Apple announces passkey support for Apple IDs, new private browsing features in Safari delete tracking information, and Apple releases a slew of security updates for current and older operating systems for all its devices. Show Notes: Apple's Safari Private Browsing Now Automatically Removes Tracking Parameters in URLs JokerSpy malware: New Sophisticated Toolkit Targeting Apple macOS Systems SysJoker: Cross-Platform Backdoor Malware for Mac, Windows, and Linux Apple adds passkeys to Apple ID, iCloud logins What are Passkeys, and how do they work? iOS 17 Gives You 72 Hours to Undo an iPhone Passcode Change About the Squarespace purchase of Google Domains registrations Hackers can steal cryptographic keys by video-recording power LEDs 60 feet away Amazon Fined $31 Million After Privacy Violations HotPixels (Intego Mac Podcast Episode 294) The Ig Nobel awards Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
6/22/202330 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 296: New Security and Privacy Features in macOS Sonoma, iOS 17, and iPadOS 17

Apple's forthcoming operating systems have many new features to enhance security and privacy. We look at some of these, and we talk about text scams, Minecraft mods, and how 5G hasn't lived up to the hype. Show Notes: Work has already begun on OpenCore Legacy Patcher for macOS Sonoma Mr. Macintosh Text Scams Cost US Consumers $330 Million In 2022 Alone, Says FTC “Clickless” iOS exploits, “Triangulation” malware that infected Kaspersky employee iPhones New tool scans iPhones for 'Triangulation' malware infection Dozens of popular Minecraft mods found infected with Fracturiser malware 5G was an overhyped technology bust. Let’s learn our lesson. What is 5G, how does it work, and how fast is it really? Brave’s new Forgetful Browsing feature New Security and Privacy Features in macOS Sonoma, iOS 17, and iPadOS 17 Episode transcript Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
6/15/202326 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 295: WWDC: New Macs, macOS Sonoma, iOS and iPadOS 17, and Vision Pro

We look at what Apple presented at this year's worldwide developers conference. We discuss the key features in macOS Sonoma, iOS 17, and iPadOS 17, and we talk a bit about Apple's new Vision Pro AR/VR headset. We also discuss some recent Chrome vulnerabilities. Show Notes: There’s another actively exploited vulnerability in Chromium-based browsers 34 more malicious extensions in Chrome Web Store Fake invoice scams: Norton, McAfee, PayPal, and more Geek Squad ones too Apple WWDC Highlights: New Macs, Vision Pro Headset, macOS Sonoma, and iOS 17 How to choose the right Mac for your use case in 2023 Apple Developer Program macOS Sonoma iOS 17 iPadOS 17 Apple Vision Pro Meta Quest 3 Episode transcript Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
6/8/202329 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 294: WWDC, RomCom, PyPi, Hot Pixels, and More

Apple's Worldwide Developer Conferences launches on Monday, and we discuss what to expect. We also talk about RomCom malware, PyPi 2Fa, Hot Pixels - which may not be so hot - and other malware and vulnerabilities. Show Notes: Apple WWDC macOS Names that Apple has Registered but Not Used Yet US govt banned NSO’s Pegasus, but said to buy rival spyware Paragon Graphite RomCom malware spread via Google Ads for ChatGPT, GIMP, more Legit app in Google Play turns malicious and sends mic recordings every 15 minutes PyPI announces mandatory use of 2FA for all software publishers Hot Pixels attack checks CPU temp, power changes to steal data Microsoft finds macOS bug that lets hackers bypass SIP root restrictions Clever ‘File Archiver In The Browser’ phishing trick uses ZIP domains Maryland License Plates Now Inadvertently Advertising Filipino Online Casino Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
6/1/202327 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 293: When Does Your iPhone Become Unsafe to Use?

A new hacking tool, BrutePrint, can unlock lots of smartphones, including some iPhones with Touch ID. Router infections can be hard to remove, and we discuss why Apple might have gotten out of the Wi-Fi business. And we take a close look at whether it's safe to use an iPhone, if it can no longer run the latest version of iOS. Show Notes: Typing “rash” in Safari may cause a crash Urgent Patches: macOS Ventura 13.4, iOS 16.5 fix 3 actively exploited vulns Here’s how long it takes new BrutePrint attack to unlock 10 different smartphones Hackers infect TP-Link router firmware to attack EU entities Malware turns home routers into proxies for Chinese state-sponsored hackers There’s finally an official OpenAI ChatGPT app for iPhone Almost 9 million Android phones sold pre-infected with malware Kindle E-Reader Device Software Security Updates When does an old iPhone become unsafe to use? Episode transcript Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
5/25/202327 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 292: New Top-Level Domains, .Zip and .Mov; Geacon Malware; and Google to Delete Dormant Accounts

New top-level domains use common file extensions, and this could lead to confusion, and dangerous downloads. Apple announces a new personal voice modeling feature. And Google warns dormant users: log in, or get shut out. Show Notes: New ZIP [and MOV] domains spark debate among cybersecurity experts CVE-2023-26818 - Bypass TCC with Telegram in macOS Apple introduces new features for cognitive accessibility, along with Live Speech, Personal Voice, and Point and Speak in Magnifier ChatGPT & AI Risks – Intego Mac Podcast Episode 278 ElevenLabs AI cannot be stopped, says Steve Wozniak; we must prepare for more convincing scams Open-source Cobalt Strike port 'Geacon' used in macOS attacks google: Updating our inactive account policies Google Chrome Dropping Lock Icon from URL Box Google's Dark Web Monitoring Feature Now Available for All US Gmail Users App Store stopped more than $2 billion in fraudulent transactions in 2022 Transcript of this episode Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
5/18/202329 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 291: Snake Malware, Lockdown Mode, and Apple App Subscriptions

The FBI has shut down servers for Snake malware, which we wrote about back in 2017. Apple's lockdown mode has been found to prevent some serious malware attacks. And Apple is testing the water with app subscriptions for two of its pro apps on the iPad. Show Notes: Snake Malware Ported from Windows to Mac (Intego 2017 article) U.S. and Allies Identify and Expose Russian Intelligence-Gathering “Snake” Malware Hunting Russian Intelligence “Snake” Malware Apple’s high security mode blocked NSO spyware, researchers say QuaDream spyware hacked iPhone victims with rogue calendar invites Apple's Safari Again Overtakes Microsoft Edge as Second Most Popular Desktop Browser Selling an older iPhone SE for $199 in emerging markets would be a smart move Apple brings Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro to iPad Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
5/11/202327 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 290: Apple's First Rapid Security Response, New Mac Malware, and Insecure Google Authenticator Sync

Apple has issued the first of a new type of updates to its operating systems: Rapid Security Response. We discuss several new types of Mac malware, and we look at how Google's cloud sync for its Authenticator app is insecure. Show Notes: RSA Conference Apple issues first Rapid Security Response for macOS, iOS, iPadOS Google adds account sync for Authenticator, without E2EE What are Passkeys, and how do they work? AI Malware, Copilot, & Passkeys – Intego Mac Podcast Episode 284 New Atomic macOS info-stealing malware targets 50 crypto wallets RustBucket: Hackers are using a fake PDF viewer to infect Macs with malware — how to stay safe “The Dark Side of the Mac App Store” Part 1 “The Dark Side of the Mac App Store” Part 2 So long passwords, thanks for all the phish IBM plans to replace 7,800 jobs with AI over time, pauses hiring certain positions Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
5/4/202330 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 289: AI Is Everywhere, and How to Set Up an Old Mac as a Server

AI is coming to an app near you. We discuss how these features will affect work, and the potential security implications of AI tools snarfing up files in businesses. We also discuss how to set up an old - or new - Mac as a home server. It's a useful tool if you have multiple Macs. Show Notes: The Three Laws of Robotics ChatGPT banned in Italy over privacy concerns Malicious Keylogger Malware “BlackMamba” Made Using ChatGPT AI cracks passwords this fast, how to protect yourself Meet PassGAN, the supposedly “terrifying” AI password cracker that’s mostly hype AI-Based Chat is Coming for Your Privacy: Should We Pause Development of Large Language Models? Google is adding AI to its work apps; Here’s what that means MacWhisper How to set up your own Mac server (with an old or new Mac) Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
4/27/202329 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 288: Sideloading on iOS, Lockbit Ransomware on Mac, and Zero-Day Chrome Vulnerabilities

Lockbit ransomware is starting to target Macs, two zero-day Chrome vulnerabilities require urgent updates, and sideloading - installing apps not from Apple's App Store - is coming to iOS soon; at least in the EU. Show Notes: Urgent Update: Chrome, Edge, Brave, Vivaldi browsers patch zero-day vulnerability Urgent: 2nd Chrome zero-day vulnerability patched in 5 days The LockBit ransomware (kinda) comes for macOS Fake “Geek Squad” emails: Call center scam leverages Intuit QuickBooks servers Sideloading may be coming to iOS 17 for the EU in early 2024 The Digital Markets Act: ensuring fair and open digital markets Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
4/20/202330 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 287: Juice Jacking, Best Buy Phishing, and Garage Doors Redux

The FBI warns people not to use public charging stations; we warned about this five years ago. An interesting phishing attack leverages QuickBooks accounting software to send fake invoices to people. And what does a company do if its smart garage doors are hacked? Disable them. Show Notes: Urgent Patches: macOS Ventura 13.3.1, iOS 16.4.1 fix 2 actively exploited vulns (UPDATED) Smart Garage Company Fixes Vulnerability by Breaking Customers' Devices FBI warns against using public charging stations iOS trustjacking: How attackers can hijack your iPhone (2018) Beware of Juice-Jacking - Krebs on Security (2011) Plenty of juice-jacking scare stories, but precious little juice-jacking What are Passkeys, and how do they work? Fake “Geek Squad” emails: Call center scam leverages Intuit QuickBooks servers IRS-Authorized Tax Service eFile Contains Malicious Link There’s a new form of keyless car theft that works in under 2 minutes Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
4/13/202327 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 286: Supply Chain Attacks, Garage Doors, and Exploding USB Drives

We look at new malware that uses a supply chain attack; we explain what this is, and why it is not uncommon. We discuss how hackers can open a certain company's garage doors from anywhere, and how a journalist got injured by a malicious USB drive that exploded. Show Notes: Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference returns June 5, 2023 Gordon E. Moore, Intel co-founder (and of “Moore’s Law” fame) dies at age 94 How to securely dispose of old hard drives and SSDs SmoothOperator: 3CX VoIP app spreads Mac malware by Lazarus Group APT 3CX knew its app was flagged as malicious but took no action for 7 days North Korean hackers target security researchers with a new backdoor Journalist plugs in unknown USB drive mailed to him—it exploded in his face Open garage doors anywhere in the world by exploiting this “smart” device If your Netgear Orbi router isn’t patched, you’ll want to change that pronto You will not be jailed for 20 years if you use TikTok after its banned—despite internet fear-mongering Why is TikTok banned from government phones — and should the rest of us be worried? UK Joins U.S., Canada, Others in Banning TikTok From Government Devices Complete transcript of this episode Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
4/6/202326 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 285: New Mac Malware, and Stolen Session Cookies

New Mac malware can exfiltrate various types of data from your Mac, and a Chrome extension can steal Facebook session cookies. We discuss how stolen session cookies can give attackers easy access to your accounts, and potential ways to thwart this. Show Notes: Apple releases macOS Ventura 13.3, iOS 16.4, and more, with security updates Apple Reveals How Many iPhones and iPads Are Running iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 MacStealer: Mac Trojan malware steals passwords, wallets, and files FakeGPT: Trojanized ChatGPT Chrome extensions hijack Facebook accounts AmIUnique - My browser fingerprint What3Words Complete transcript of this episode Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
3/30/202329 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 284: AI Malware, Copilot, & Passkeys

Can malware use AI to modify itself after it's been installed on a computer? Can AI help you in daily productivity tasks? And will passkeys replace passwords? Show Notes: Microsoft Copilot: A whole new way to work The Age of AI has begun GPT-4 People are Paying $17 for Hundreds of AI-Generated Headshots What Are Passkeys and How Do They Work? Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
3/23/202330 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 283: Phishing Hackers Defeat 2FA via Man-in-the-Middle Attacks

Apple has finally stopped selling the Apple Watch Series 3, which can no longer get security updates. The FBI shuts down 11-year old malware. And a $300 hacking tool enables phishers to defeat two-factor authentication using automated man-in-the-middle attacks. Show Notes: Apple stops selling Watch Series 3 — eight months after its last security update GarageBand Security Update Details Finally Released Microsoft Announces Outlook for Mac is Now Free to Use FBI shuts down 11-year-old NetWire RAT malware An Analysis of the Cross-Platform Backdoor OSX/NetWeirdRC Mac malware on the rise again; several new threats found: Netwire, Mokes, LoudMiner, NewTab Ransomware Group Claims Hack of Amazon's Ring Using authenticator apps for MFA? Software for sale can hack you anyway Josh's 2010–2011 blog posts mentioning Firesheep Firesheep (Wikipedia) Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
3/16/202327 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 282: ScamBots and ScAmazon

ChatGPT is helping scammers create phishing emails that don't sound phony, and Amazon sells plenty of items that are scams. Scammers are using AI-generated voices to scam elderly people, and the EU wants messaging apps - including Apple's iMessage - to be interoperable. Show Notes: Apple adds banana-yellow color to iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus lineup The Complete Guide to Apple Watch Bands GarageBand for Mac Updated With Important Security Fixes EU's Digital Markets Act will require Apple to open iMessage They thought loved ones were calling for help. It was an AI scam Darktrace warns of rise in AI-enhanced scams since ChatGPT release Amazon... more like SCAMazon Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
3/9/202329 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 281: Pirated Mac Apps Contain Malware, and iMessage Support on Windows (Sort of)

Mac malware is again found in pirated applications, LastPass was hacked via an employee's home computer running Plex, and hackers may be able to get into a bank account with an AI-generated voice. Microsoft makes a step toward supporting iMessage on Windows, and we look at a new Nokia phone that is easily repairable. Show Notes: Evasive cryptojacking malware targeting macOS found lurking in pirated applications Report: 10% of American Adults Viewed Content Illegally in 2022 LastPass says employee’s home computer was hacked via Plex; corporate vault taken Streaming service Plex unaware ‘of any unpatched vulnerabilities’ following LastPass report LastPass password manager suffers massive data breach Episode 273: LastPass, TikTok, Phishing, and the Year in Apple Security and Privacy How I Broke Into a Bank Account With an AI-Generated Voice Hackers use ChatGPT phishing websites to infect users with malware Microsoft Announces iMessage Support on Windows (With Several Limitations) HMD’s latest Nokia phone is designed to be repaired in minutes Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
3/2/202331 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 280: Twitter and Two-Factor Authentication

With SMS-based two-factor authentication no longer free on Twitter, we discuss the more secure and free way of protecting your account using an authenticator app. We also look at new details about Apple's latest security updates, Windows on M-series Macs, and a WhatsApp warning about reused phone numbers. Show Notes: Update Now: Urgent fix for macOS Ventura 13.2.1, iOS 16.3.1 resolves major vulnerability Microsoft officially blesses Parallels as a way to run Windows on M1, M2 Macs How to Run Windows 11 for Free on an M1 or M2 Mac Accidental WhatsApp account takeovers? It's a thing An update on two-factor authentication using SMS on Twitter How to Set Up Two-Factor Authentication on Twitter Scam Authenticator App Steals QR Codes Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
2/23/202328 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 279: Apple Zero-Day Update, the Kia Challenge, and How to Factory Reset Apple Devices

Apple has issued an update for a zero-day, in the wild, WebKit vulnerability. The Kia Challenge has shown that you can start some cars with a USB cable. And sometimes you need to factory reset Apple devices; we explain how. Show Notes: Apple issues macOS Ventura 13.2.1, iOS 16.3.1 to fix zero-day vulnerability Microsoft will forcibly remove Internet Explorer from most Windows 10 PCs today Hyundai and Kia forced to update software on millions of vehicles because of viral TikTok challenge Newly discovered Mac malware on Valentine’s Day is actually 5 years old NYC Officials Encourage Switching Off Face ID Before Entering the Bar How to Factory Reset any Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple Watch How to Factory Reset any Apple TV, HomePod, AirTag, AirPods, or Beats Headphones Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
2/16/202328 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 278: ChatGPT & AI Risks

AI has reached an inflection point; we discuss ChatGPT and other AI tools and their potential security and privacy risks. We also have an ears-on report about the new HomePod; it sounds better than expected. Show Notes: The New HomePod Brings a New Sound and More Home Smarts The Next Track Until further notice, think twice before using Google to download software Fake App Store pages are the new fake Flash Player alerts Hackers are using this new trick to deliver their phishing attacks Otter ElevenLabs AI and the Future of Audiobooks, featuring Simon Vance Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
2/9/202330 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 277: Credential Stuffing, Pig Butchering, Security Keys for Your Apple Account, and the New Mac mini

This week's threats involve credential stuffing and pig butchering, and we examine whether you should use security keys to protect your Apple ID account, and why the new Mac mini is a maxi computer. Show Notes: Apple Maps privacy bug may have allowed apps to collect location data without permission PayPal Data Breach in December Affected 35,000 Customers Norton’s LifeLock Password Manager Faces Breach KeePass vulnerability allows local attacker (or malware) to export passwords Crypto scam apps infiltrate Apple App Store and Google Play OpenCore Legacy Patcher now supports Macs all the way back to 2008 (and mid-2007 iMacs like Josh’s) Netflix Unveils First Details of New Anti-Password Sharing Measures How to protect your Apple ID account with Security Keys on iPhone, iPad, or Mac Apple’s 2023 Mac mini is a Mini Mac Studio Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
2/2/202330 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 276: The Year in Mac Malware 2022

Apple has updated all its operating systems again, and even issued a security update for iOS 12. We discuss new features in the HomePod software, and we look back at the notable Mac malware of 2022. Show Notes: Apple releases Ventura 13.2, iOS 16.3, surprise iOS 12.5.7; neglects still-sold Apple Watch Series 3 How to protect your Apple ID account with Security Keys on iPhone, iPad, or Mac HomePod software update 16.3 now rolling out, here’s everything new Signal’s desktop app doesn’t securely store, handle, or validate cached attachments Microsoft’s new AI can simulate anyone’s voice with 3 seconds of audio The Capture - BBC The Capture - Peacock The top 20 most notable Mac malware threats of 2022 About the Web Browser Pop-up Alert Scam Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
1/26/202326 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 275: M2 Chip Boost, New Macs, and the Return of the HomePod

Apple has introduced the latest versions of its M2 chips, and updated three Mac models. They also surprised everyone with a new, full-sized HomePod. We also look at brand-based phishing, Google's AirTag clones, and a trifecta of stories about instant messaging apps. Show Notes: FBI: Cyber Criminals Impersonating Brands Using Search Engine Ad Services to Defraud Users Google plans AirTag clone, will track devices with 3 billion Android phones iPhones and iPads Now Require a Passcode on Every Backup/Sync iOS Backup Passcode Prompt CVE-2022-32929 - Bypass iOS backup's TCC protection U.S. Supreme Court Allows WhatsApp to Sue NSO Group Facebook sues NSO Group for WhatsApp spyware attack (2019) Researchers allege that Threema is riddled with theoretical vulnerabilities Statement on ETH Findings Rogue Telegram insider allegedly offers server access to Dark Web customers Apple Announces M2 Pro & M2 Max Chips, New MacBook Pros, New Mac mini, and New HomePod How to choose the right Mac for your use case in 2023 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
1/19/202328 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 274: Safari at 20, Apple Crash Detection False Positives, and ChatGPT AI for Hackers

We discuss the 20th anniversary of Apple's Safari web browser, look at more false positives on roller coasters and ski slopes with Apple's crash detection, then finish looking at our Apple security and privacy roundup for 2022. Show Notes: Apple’s Safari browser is 20 years old Camino Canceled: Mac Browser Calls It Quits Dridex banking malware modified to spread using macOS ChatGPT is enabling script kiddies to write functional malware iPhone 14's Car Crash Detection Still Triggering False 911 Calls, Forcing Dispatchers to Reallocate Resources Away From Real Emergencies First responders ask iPhone users to disable Emergency SOS iPhone 14's Car Crash Detection Still Triggering False 911 Calls, Forcing Dispatchers to Reallocate Resources Away From Real Emergencies The Year in Apple Security & Privacy 2022 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
1/12/202328 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 273: LastPass, TikTok, Phishing, and the Year in Apple Security and Privacy

Password manager LastPass had a data breach, and users' vaults are at risk; TikTok spied on US journalists; and two new phishing attempts showing how complex techniques are used to try to fool people. And we begin our look at the year in Apple security and privacy. Show Notes: LastPass password manager suffers massive data breach TikTok Spied On Forbes Journalists TikTok is now banned on mobile devices issued by U.S. House of Representatives Warning: Advanced phishing attack. Got a pop up on both my iPhone & Apple Watch about password reset. I didn’t take action. Then received call from 1-800-MY-APPLE. Here’s what ensued Apple Security and Privacy 2022: The Year in Review Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
1/5/202328 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 272: Top 10 Security and Privacy Tips for Apple Users

There are some basic tips that can help you enhance the security and privacy of your Apple devices. We go over a list of ten top tips that you might want to look into as a New Year's resolution. Show Notes: 10 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Security and Privacy on Your Mac, iPhone, or iPad Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
12/29/202228 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 271: Stalkerware, Gatekeeper Vulnerabilities, and No Mac Pro for Christmas

Commercial stalkerware can record everything on a victim's iPhone; yet another Gatekeeper bypass shows that even Lockdown Mode isn't impermeable; and Apple hasn't transitioned all its Macs to its own processors: the Mac Pro still hasn't made the change. Show Notes: Microsoft discovers new Gatekeeper bypass; Apple updates past security advisories Apple also patched a zero-day vulnerability last week (that was previously patched for iOS only) Xnspy stalkerware spied on thousands of iPhones and Android devices Microsoft digital certificates have once again been abused to sign malware Apple Considering Dropping Requirement for iPhone Web Browsers to Use WebKit Apple Expands Do-It-Yourself Repair Program to Desktop Macs With M1 Chips and Studio Display It might be time for Apple to throw in the towel on the Mac Pro Apple Pushing to Launch Search Engine to Rival Google Safari Search & Privacy Anker’s Eufy deleted these 10 privacy promises instead of answering our questions Swatters used Ring cameras to livestream attacks, taunt police, prosecutors say Apple Home security camera and doorbell compatibility Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
12/22/202227 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 270: Apple’s Advanced Data Protection

Apple has released a slew of updates and new features for most of its operating systems. We'll take a look at some of the highlights including Apple's Advanced Data Protection. Show Notes: Apple releases macOS Ventura 13.1, iOS 16.2, and more; fixes zero-day vuln Apple to Allow Outside App Stores in Overhaul Spurred by EU Laws Apple Freeform Lets You Brainstorm and Collaborate on Mac, iPad, and iPhone Apple’s Advanced Data Protection and Other Features Harden Security How to turn on Advanced Data Protection for iCloud How to Use a Security Key to Protect Sensitive Online Accounts Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
12/15/202231 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 269: Find My Finds More

We discuss several stories about Apple's Find My app: when it goes terribly wrong, how stalkers are using it, and how you can now ping an AirTag from your Mac. We also warn about prolific new email scams, discuss Apple's new karaoke feature, and more. Show Notes: Scam E-mails Pose As Retail Store Rewards Programs Find My misfire leads to SWAT raid on grandmother Stalkers’ “chilling” use of AirTags spurs class-action suit against Apple Latest macOS Beta Lets You Chime Your AirTags From Your Mac Apple Announces App Store Changes, Including Expanded Pricing Up to $10,000 Apple Self Service Repair launches in UK, Germany, and six other countries Apple Music Karaoke Experience Coming to These Supported Devices Samsung’s Android app-signing key has leaked, is being used to sign malware Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
12/8/202228 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 268: The “Secret” Apple Tax - Intego Mac Podcast Episode 268

There's more news about Twitter, as Elon Musk has called out the "secret" Apple tax of 30% that large developers pay, that wasn't so secret. We also look at the various types of drives that you can use to back up your Mac: hard drives, SSDs, and NASs. Show Notes: Phil Schiller deleted his Twitter account; no, Apple has not removed its tweets Elon Musk's alternate phone “Apple has also threatened to withhold Twitter from the App Store, but won’t tell us why” The secret 30% tax Elon Musk says Apple threatened to remove Twitter from App Store Tumblr was removed from Apple’s App Store over child pornography issues Elon Musk implies Apple hates free speech after ‘mostly stopped’ advertising on Twitter How to Choose the Best Hard Drive or SSD to Back Up Your Mac Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
12/1/202229 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 267: AirPods as Trackers, Hacking Hackers, and Apple Tracking

In this week's security news, a stalker used AirPods to track a woman, since they don't sent alerts like AirTags; Australia is hacking hackers in a sort of precrime operation; Apple is tracking a lot of user data; and we give a few tips for the annual Black Friday shopathon. Show Notes: Apple Tracks Alarming Amount of Data Even When Device Analytics is Turned Off Apple's App Store analytics may be able to identify users Apple's iCloud Private Relay being abused in $65M ad fraud My creepy date slipped his AirPods into my bag — here's the scary reason why Is 5G worth it? Consumer hype is over, and carriers worried, says report It’s not your imagination: Shopping on Amazon has gotten worse Thinking about taking your computer to the repair shop? Be very afraid Australia to hack the hackers Network-crashing leap seconds to be abandoned by 2035, for at least a century How to Rip DVDs or Blu-rays and Add Them to Your Apple TV Library Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Don’t miss our deep discounts for Black Friday and Cyber Monday! This weekend, use this link to get the best deal of the year on Intego software.
11/24/202228 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 266: Twitter, AirDrop, and Continuity Camera

The situation at Twitter is changing daily, and we have some security tips for staying safe with Twitter’s new verification system. We look at some changes that Apple is making to AirDrop in China, which would be good for everyone. And we discuss the new Continuity Camera feature of macOS Ventura.  Show Notes: Market capitalization of Eli Lilly Twitter Working on End-to-End Encryption for Direct Messages Mastodon Safety: How To Protect Against Security and Privacy Risks Apple Launches Revamped iCloud.com Website With All-New Design Apple to restrict Everyone option in AirDrop in China Apple plans to expand AirDrop time limit to customers worldwide Southwest Airlines passenger AirDrops nude photo to other fliers How to use AirDrop on your iPhone or iPad How to Use AirDrop to Securely Share or Transfer Files How to Use Your iPhone as a Webcam with Continuity Camera in macOS Ventura Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
11/17/202227 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 265: Extreme Security and Privacy on the iPhone

Apple's new Lockdown Mode provides extreme security and privacy on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. We discuss how it works, and what the downsides are of using this feature. We also talk about how TikTok's new privacy policy states that staff can access user data, how Zoom mandates new client updates every 90 days, and how the U.S. is planning "nutrition labels" for IoT devices. Show Notes: New TikTok privacy policy allows staff to access user data TikTok Parent ByteDance Planned To Monitor Locations of Specific U.S. Citizens 31 arrested in EU for stealing cars by hacking keyless tech Zoom now mandates client updates every ninety days U.S. Planning on IoT “Nutrition Labels” for Spring 2023 Apple's Lockdown Mode GrapheneOS - Android, but designed for security first Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
11/10/202228 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 264: The Dangers of Verified Accounts on Social Networks

We discuss this week's Apple security updates, explain why some apps have issues with full disk access in macOS Ventura, and we discuss the dangers of verified accounts on social networks, such as Twitter. We also take a close look at one of the biggest changes in macOS Ventura, the System Settings app. Show Notes: macOS Ventura 13.1 will resolve the Full Disk Access issue SiriSpy - iOS bug allowed apps to eavesdrop on your conversations with Siri OpenCore Legacy Patcher added Ventura support for 2013 “black trash can” Mac Pro Elon Musk Settles SEC Fraud Charges; Tesla Charged With and Resolves Securities Law Charge Get to Know the System Settings App on macOS Ventura Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
11/3/202227 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 263: What's New in macOS Ventura

We take a look at some of the new features in macOS Ventura, and we also discuss the more than 100 vulnerabilities patched in this week's operating system updates. And we discuss Apple's surprising foray into ads for gambling apps in the iOS / iPadOS App Store. Show Notes: OpenCore Legacy Patcher added Ventura support for 2012 and later Mac models on Tuesday Apple confirms the iPhone is getting USB-C Apple raises prices of Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple One New App Store ad slots heavily promote gambling apps What’s New in macOS Ventura Stage Manager offers new way to work with windows in macOS Ventura and iPadOS 16 New Features in Mail and Messages in macOS Ventura, iOS 16, and iPadOS 16 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
10/27/202230 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 262: Apple's Confusing New iPad Line

Apple announced new iPads this week, and now the iPad line is confusing. We look at what this means for people who want to buy a new iPad. We also discuss the new Apple TV, and its Thread support, DuckDuckGo's new "secure" browser, and we have an update on the Lufthansa AirTag kerfuffle. Show Notes: Are AirTags Safe on Airlines? – Intego Mac Podcast Episode 261 Malware Attack Framework "Alchimist" Designed to Exploit Macs DuckDuckGo Mac browser Which Is Better: Apple’s Hide My Email or DuckDuckGo Email Protection? iOS VPN apps have another flaw, shows new research: excluding many Apple apps Android leaks some traffic even when 'Always-on VPN' is enabled How to Use Thread HomeKit Devices with Apple TV and HomePod mini Which iPad Is Best for You in 2022? About Touch ID advanced security technology Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
10/20/202231 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 261: Are AirTags Safe on Airlines?

Apple's new crash detection feature in iPhones is creating false positives on roller coasters. Researchers have found a way to use thermal tracking to figure out the password you've just typed. And are AirTags safe on airlines? Lufthansa isn't quite sure. Show Notes: A full history of macOS (OS X) release dates and rates ‘The Owner of This iPhone Was in a Severe Car Crash’—or Just on a Roller Coaster AI-driven ‘thermal attack’ system reveals passwords in seconds Are airlines banning Apple AirTags? Here’s the complete story Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
10/13/202228 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 260: The EU Mandates USB-C Ports

The European Union is mandating a common charging port on portable electronic devices. Is forcing manufacturers to use USB-C a good thing, or are there downsides? Show Notes: The Pixel 4 hits end of life after three years of service EU Parliament approves common charging cable from 2024 Inductive charging (Wikipedia) Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
10/6/202231 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 259: The Dangers of Expired Domains and Old Email Addresses

When domain names expire, anyone can take them over, and not only confuse people used to a company name, but also access any emails sent to that domain. Show Notes: Expired Domain Dumpster Diving Have I Been Pwned Plain Text Offenders Reused domain: Kagi.com Zombie brand RadioShack is launching a crypto market for ‘the older generation’ gail.com Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
9/29/202228 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 258: Apple’s New iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Series 8

Josh and Kirk each got a new iPhone 14 Pro, and discuss the new features in the phone. They also look at some bugs in iOS 16, and new malware that may affect the Mac. Show Notes: VMware, Microsoft warn of widespread Chromeloader malware attacks Apple confirms frequent ‘allow paste?’ prompts in iOS 16 are a bug Bug in iPhone 14 Pro Max causes camera to physically fail, users say Apple Watch 8 Review – Why Change What Works? iPhone 14 Pro Review – An Amazing New Camera, Safety Features, and an Always-On Display How to put a cute little cat (or other creature) above your Dynamic Island PhotoActive podcast, Episode 83: Raw and ProRAW on the iPhone Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
9/22/202230 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 257: Hello, iOS 16!

iOS 16 and watchOS 9 are here, and we give you some tips on prepping your devices for upgrade. We also discuss which older operating systems will continue to get security updates, and what's up with that standalone Safari update for macOS? And we talk about a new Mac App Store lookalike web page scam that you should be aware of. Show Notes: Apple releases macOS Monterey 12.6, iOS 15.7, and more; fixes zero-day vulns iOS 16 and watchOS 9 are here; are your devices ready? Ring doorbell security gets boost as company expands end-to-end encryption Amazon ‘cutewashes’ surveillance with its new “Ring Nation” doorbell cam TV show Academics find tiny crack in Apple’s Private Relay Fake App Store pages are the new fake Flash Player alerts Cybercriminals target games popular with kids to distribute malware Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
9/15/202229 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 256: Apple's Far Out Event

Apple has introduced this year's models of the new iPhone, iPhone Pro, and also unveiled a new, rugged Apple Watch, and 2nd generation AirPods Pro. We discuss the new features in these devices. Show Notes: Apple Releases iOS 12.5.6 for Old iPhone, iPad, iPod touch Models to Fix Actively Exploited Vulnerability Apple Introduces iPhone 14, Apple Watch 8, and New AirPods Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
9/8/202227 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 255: Email Privacy: Apple Hide My Email and DuckDuckGo Email Protection

We take a deep dive into two email privacy protection features, from Apple and DuckDuckGo. We also give a few predictions for Apple's Far Out event next week, look at cases where two-factor authentication isn't enough, and discuss how macOS is actively scanning for malware; at least for 13 types of malware. Show Notes: What Apple’s ‘Far Out’ Event Invitation Tells Us About Sept. 7 iPhone Plans Cybersecurity researchers detail a BEC scam targeting high-level Microsoft Office 365 accounts, even if they're protected with MFA Websites Can Identify If You’re Using iPhone’s New ‘Lockdown’ Mode macOS now scans for certain specific malware whenever it gets a chance Apple Releases iOS 12.5.6 for Old iPhone, iPad, iPod touch Models to Fix Actively Exploited Which Is Better: Apple’s Hide My Email or DuckDuckGo Email Protection? Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
9/1/202229 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 254: Which Is More Secure: Face ID, Touch ID, or a Passcode?

Apple has announced the date for its iPhone event; it's on September 7, and we discuss what we could see. We also look at more mobile apps that inject JavaScript in web pages in their in-app browsers; are they doing this to collect data? And we look at Face ID, Touch ID, and passcodes to determine which is more secure. Show Notes: Apple Announces 'Far Out' September 7 Event: iPhone 14, Apple Watch Series 8, More How to Install macOS Monterey on Unsupported Macs, for Security Improvements Apple delivers iPadOS 16.1 beta ahead of iOS 16 fall release iOS 16.1 to let users delete Wallet app amid antitrust concerns over Apple Pay TikTok also injecting code into websites to track its users, research says InAppBrowser.com: see what JavaScript gets injected through an in-app browser Plex password reset Apple updates Boot Camp for Intel Macs with WPA3 Wi-Fi support A Dad Took Photos of His Naked Toddler for the Doctor. Google Flagged Him as a Criminal. Apple Patches Two Actively Exploited Vulns in Monterey 12.5.1, iOS and iPadOS 15.6.1 Old laptop hard drives will allegedly crash when exposed to Janet Jackson music Which Is More Secure: Face ID, Touch ID, or a Passcode? Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
8/25/202229 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 253: Car Hacks, Facebook Tracks, and Windows on Macs

We look at another car hack, this time when a security researcher found the private key for Hyundai updates through a Google search. We also explain how Facebook tracks you, even when you don't allow it, and another, even easier way to run Windows on a Mac -- at a cost. Finally, we look at how a security journalist got fooled by a phishing scam. Show Notes: Meta injecting code into websites to track its users, research says Man jailed for stalking ex-girlfriend with an AirTag Blogger finds private key to sign Hyundai car software updates… by Googling it DHS warns Emergency Alert System is potentially vulnerable to hacking Sounding the Alarm on Emergency Alert System Flaws Install Windows on a Mac with Apple M-series chip in Parallels Desktop How to Run Windows 11 for Free on an M1 or M2 Mac I’m a security reporter and got fooled by a blatant phish Apple Patches Two Actively Exploited Vulns in Monterey 12.5.1, iOS and iPadOS 15.6.1 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
8/18/202227 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 252: Google Begs Apple to Replace iMessage with RCS

Google has launched a campaign to try to pressure Apple to adopt a messaging standard that is more amenable to Android users, but this is far more self-serving than it first appears. Also, we look at how Amazon wants to map your home with Roomba robot vacuum cleaners. Show Notes: UPDATE: Investigation report about the abuse of the Mac Appstore - Apple removed all 7 developers' accounts mentioned in the article. With iRobot acquisition, Amazon wants to scan every inch of your home “It’s time for Apple to fix texting.” - Google campaign site New Google site begs Apple for mercy in messaging war Helping you connect around the world with Messages Turn on chat features in Messages - Google support document Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
8/11/202230 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 251: Tom Cruise and the Leap Second

Tom Cruise is showing up everywhere: landing his helicopter in an English family's garden; interrupting hikers and leaping off a cliff; and even in deepfake videos. We also look at crypto apps on Apple's App Store, and we discuss the leap second, and how taking away one second in time could wreak havoc on computers. Show Notes: 'Tom Cruise is in my Warwickshire garden' Tom Cruise apologizes for interrupting couple’s hike before jumping off cliff How to spot a deepfake video - featuring Tom Cruise as Iron Man Apple's App Store Comes Under the Spotlight for How It Handles Fake Crypto Apps Investigation report about the abuse of the Mac App Store Apple blasts Android malware in fierce pushback against iOS sideloading Nokia Threat Intelligence Report 2021 Google pushes back deadline for killing off third-party cookies in Chrome (again) to H2 2024 Over 3,200 apps leak Twitter API keys, some allowing account hijacks Earth is spinning faster than usual and had its shortest day ever Leap Seconds List - IETF Why One Critical Second Can Wreak Havoc on the Internet It’s time to leave the leap second in the past The Inside Story of the Extra Second That Crashed the Web Year 2038 problem Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
8/4/202229 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 250: Is Your Car the Next Security Risk?

Cars are the next target for hackers; we look at vulnerabilities in standalone GPS devices, and we also discuss how Honda shrugged when presented with security vulnerabilities. We also go over the recent Apple operating system updates, and look at how Content Caching on a Mac may prevent security updates from being installed automatically. Show Notes: CVE-2022-32839 - remote code execution How can you tell whether your Mac is up to date? How to Use Content Caching on macOS to Save Bandwidth macOS Monterey 12.5 isn’t yet safe for all OpenCore Legacy Patcher patched Macs Hardcoded password in Confluence app has been leaked on Twitter Security flaws in a popular GPS module could allow hackers to track vehicles The Rolling Pwn - Security Now #879 show notes Zoom brings end-to-end encryption to its cloud phone service This Is the Code the FBI Used to Wiretap the World Drobo Files for Bankruptcy Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
7/28/202229 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 249: Apple's New M2 MacBook Air

Apple's new M2 MacBook Air is the first change in the popular laptop's form factor since its introduction in 2008. We also look at a change in Facebook's tracking URLs, and how running ChromeOS could bring an old Mac back to life. Show Notes: Facebook has started to encrypt links to counter privacy-improving URL Stripping Spending on Apps Overtakes Games on Apple’s Platform for the First Time Ever ChromeOS Flex launches to turn your old Mac or PC into a Chromebook Hackers could use your Mac to exploit Microsoft Word security flaws M2 MacBook Air Review – New Form Factor for Apple’s Most Popular Mac Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
7/21/202228 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 248: Lockdown Mode

Apple has announced a new extra-protection security feature called Lockdown Mode, which will protect those at high risk from hackers. We explain why this is a great bundle of security features that you can enable with a single click. Show Notes: New working speculative execution attack “Retbleed” sends Intel and AMD scrambling Microsoft makes course reversal, allows Office to run untrusted macros (for now) Now everyone can ‘unmention’ themselves from Twitter threads Apple Public Betas Install macOS Betas on Your Mac in a New APFS Volume Install macOS Ventura Beta in a Virtual Machine on an M1 or M2 Mac with UTM Lockdown Mode Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
7/14/202228 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 247: Prime Day Shopping Safety Tips

Amazon Prime Day is next week, and we offer some tips on buying securely. We also explain how you can run Windows 11 on your Mac for free. Show Notes: Target, Walmart, and more stores will run alternative Prime Day sales in July. Here's a rundown of what to expect CamelCamelCamel PricePulse Caution! These Black Friday “deals” may be bad for your security Apple’s Planned Obsolescence: iOS 16, macOS Ventura Drop Support for Many Models How to Run Windows 11 for Free on an M1 or M2 Mac Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
7/7/202225 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 246: The iPhone at 15

We look at this week's security news, then we reminisce about 15 years of the iPhone, which went on sale on June 29, 2007. It's been an interesting ride so far. Show Notes: A wide range of routers are under attack by new, unusually sophisticated malware ZuoRAT Hertzbleed: A new vulnerability in Intel and AMD CPUs lets hackers steal encryption keys OpenSSL 3.0.5 awaits release to fix potential worse-than-Heartbleed flaw FCC commissioner calls for Apple & Google to ban TikTok Attackers hit iOS and Android devices with spyware in Italy and Kazakhstan 15 Years Ago Today, the iPhone Went On Sale Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
6/30/202228 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 245: Everything You Can Do with iCloud

We also talk about a new phishing scam, how the Strava fitness app is causing problems for the Israeli military, some new Windows feature that copy Apple, and the end of captchas. Then we take a deep dive into iCloud, looking at the many features available with your iCloud account. Show Notes: iOS 16 Will Let iPhone Users Bypass CAPTCHAs in Supported Apps and Websites Firefox's Total Cookie Protection Now Available to All Users by Default This new Windows 11 privacy feature shows when apps access your microphone, camera or location These fake voicemail phishing emails want to steal your passwords Shadowy Strava users spy on Israeli military with fake routes in bases We discussed an earlier Strava story in February 2018 Volkswagen CEO Skeptical About Apple Car, Believes in CarPlay-Only Approach Everything You Can Do with iCloud – The Complete Guide Apple AirTags: The Complete Guide to How to They Work, What to Track with Them, and More Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
6/23/202227 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 244: Apple's Planned Obsolescence

We look at how Apple's planned obsolescence means that many devices won't be compatible with this fall's new operating systems; even devices that are being sold right now. Show Notes: EU Reaches Agreement to Force iPhone and AirPods to Adopt USB-C by Fall 2024 USB-C and Thunderbolt: Understanding Ports and Cables for Macs and iPads Germany launches antitrust investigation over App Tracking Transparency Apple Pay Later will use Apple IDs to help detect fraud Apple’s Planned Obsolescence: iOS 16, macOS Ventura Drop Support for Many Models Stage Manager controversy won’t go away, and Apple can still fix it Some iOS 16 features require an iPhone XS or newer; here they are Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
6/16/202227 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 243: Apple's New Operating Systems: macOS Ventura, iOS 16, & iPadOS 16

Apple presented this year's operating systems at the Worldwide Developer Conference. We take a look at the key features, and especially at the security and privacy features that will be available this fall, and discuss the two new Apple laptops that are coming next month. Show Notes: Apple Presents macOS Ventura, iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and New Macs New Security and Privacy Features in macOS Ventura, iOS 16, and iPadOS 16 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
6/9/202231 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 242: Waiting for WWDC

As we await next week's Worldwide Developer Conference, we discuss what Apple may present. We also look at a clever method hackers are using to steal WhatsApp accounts, remind users to update Zoom, and examine why Apple has earned the third-highest gaming revenue in 2021. Show Notes: iCloud Time Machine for Mac & new AirPort routers pop out of rumor mill - but hurdles abound Why Apple Is Missing the Boat on Home Wi-fi Gurman: Apple Preparing to Debut Enhanced Lock Screen, Windowing in iPadOS, Redesigned Mac Apps, and More at WWDC 'realityOS' Trademark Filing Hints at Possible WWDC Announcement Hackers steal WhatsApp accounts using call forwarding trick Messages Sent Through Zoom Can Expose People to Cyber-Attack Apple earned the third-most gaming revenue in 2021, outpacing Microsoft & Nintendo Apple injects ads into “ad-free” Apple Music playlists Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
6/2/202226 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 241: Ellie’s Data Auction

Apple's recent iPhone privacy ad features an auction of Ellie's data. We look at the ad and discuss the points Apple makes, and explains how they matter, and when they aren't enough. We also talk about Apple's home repair program, new app subscription rules, and an Instagram account hack. Show Notes: Apple Shipped Me A 79-Pound iPhone Repair Kit To Fix A 1.1-Ounce Battery Apple will let your subscription apps charge you more money without asking How to manage iTunes Store and App Store Subscriptions Update to subscription notifications My Instagram account was hacked and two-factor authentication didn't help Privacy on iPhone - Data Auction Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
5/26/202226 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 240: The Pros and Cons of Sideloading Apps on iOS

Apple claims that they need the App Store to ensure that iOS devices are safe. The company claims that sideloading, or installing apps from other sources, is dangerous. Yet this is what we have always done on the Mac. We take a deep dive into the pros and cons of sideloading on iPhones and iPads. Show Notes: We need app store competition, not Apple’s 1960s-style paternalistic monopoly Apple would be forced to allow sideloading and third-party app stores under new EU law Building a Trusted Ecosystem for Millions of Apps: A threat analysis of sideloading (Apple white paper) Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
5/19/202229 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 239: Requiem for the iPod

Apple has discontinued the last iPod, the iPod touch. We discuss some of the history of the iPod, and look at 17 reasons who you should use an iPod touch. We also look at the new FIDO initiative, which allows your phone to replace passwords, and we discuss AirTag false alarms. Show Notes: AirTags are sending a new kind of false alarm, report says Google lines up with Apple and Microsoft to nix passwords in favor of nearby-device authentication Apple discontinues the last iPod model 17 Reasons Why You Should Use an iPod touch in 2022 (published 8 days earlier) The iPod at 20 – How the Portable Music Player Laid the Foundation for Today’s Apple iPod (Wikipedia); this article shows all the iPod models Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
5/12/202227 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 238: Apple AirTags: One Year On

Apple has provided some clarification to its plan to remove old and in the way apps from the App Store. Microsoft has been working on a VPN that isn't a VPN it works a little differently from Apple's VPN that isn't a VPN. And it's been a year since Apple released AirTags... It hasn't exactly been smooth sailing, but if third-party accessories are an indication, AirTags are doing pretty well. Show Notes: Clarifying criteria & new timing extension for App Store Improvements process Apple Silicon chip vulnerability ‘Augury’ surfaces, but researchers aren’t worried yet Cellebrite iPhone cracking: Here’s which models the kit can unlock and access, and how to protect your data Use the Microsoft Edge Secure Network to protect your browsing Is Apple’s iCloud Private Relay a VPN? Not Even Close—Here’s Why AirTag tracking alert hits teenager’s phone at Disney World – without locating tracker Apple says it will make unknown AirTags alert you sooner What’s new in firmware updates for AirTag Apple’s AirTags: One Year On Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
5/5/202226 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 237: Get Ready to Repair Your Own iPhone!

Apple is making the tools and documents needed for iPhone repairs available to users in the US. Are you ready to repair your own iPhone? Removing outdated apps is now a trend as Apple joins Google and begins removing older software from the app store. Apple may be forced by EU regulators to open up iMessage. And we'll discuss understanding USB-C and Thunderbolt ports and cables for Macs and iPads. Show Notes: Intego Mac Podcast Episode 236 Apple’s Self Service Repair now available Here's the Massive Kit Apple Will Send to Your House So You Can Fix Your iPhone iFixit Says Apple's Self Service Repair Program is Great Step, But Has a Catch How to Install macOS Monterey on Unsupported Macs, for Security Improvements Apple App Store appears to be widely removing outdated apps Google Launches Privacy Labels for Google Play Apps Critical bug in Apple codec could have let hackers commandeer millions of Android devices Impending EU Regulation to Force Apple to Allow Third-Party App Stores and Open Up iMessage Tech Giants Duped Into Giving Up Data Used to Sexually Extort Minors USB-C and Thunderbolt: Understanding Ports and Cables for Macs and iPads Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
4/28/202229 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 236: Install macOS Monterey on a 15-Year Old Mac

Josh has a 15-year old iMac that he wanted to be up to date with security updates, but it doesn't support macOS Monterey. So he found a way to finagle the operating system on his old Mac. We also discuss how sharing your Netflix account might be dangerous, and how fake reviews will soon be illegal in the UK, and whether it can be enforced. Show Notes: Apple Neglects to Patch Two Zero-Day, Wild Vulnerabilities for macOS Big Sur, Catalina Apple’s Security Approach Endangers Users of macOS Big Sur & Catalina – Intego Mac Podcast Episode 234 Netflix shares fall more than 35% after streamer loses over 200,000 subscribers How an Apple iCloud Exploit Lost a Crypto Trader Over $650K Fake reviews to be illegal under new rules How to Install macOS Monterey on Unsupported Macs, for Security Improvements Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
4/21/202229 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 235: Everything About Your Apple ID

DuckDuckGo is beta testing a privacy-focused browser; Google is deprecating old apps in its Play Store; activation-locked AirPods are wreaking havoc on refurb companies. And we take a deep dive into managing your Apple ID, the key to all Apple services. Show Notes: Apple Neglects to Patch Two Zero-Day, Wild Vulnerabilities for macOS Big Sur, Catalina Introducing DuckDuckGo for Mac: A Private, Fast, and Secure Browsing App Thousands of Apple AirPods returned through Walmart and other retailers are being stockpiled due to an apparent security issue Google makes outdated apps less accessible on Play Store Why quickly patching your iPhones and Macs is more important than ever Microsoft's huge Patch Tuesday includes fix for bug under attack Critical vulnerabilities uncovered in hospital robots How to Manage and Use Your Apple ID – The Complete Guide Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
4/14/202227 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 234: Apple’s Security Approach Endangers Users of macOS Big Sur & Catalina

Apple has issued new updates, but hasn't patched two serious vulnerability for Big Sur and Catalina. We also look at a serious MailChimp data breach, and how AirTags are being used more for stalking. Show Notes: Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference returns in its all-online format Apple releases macOS 12.3.1, iOS 15.4.1, watchOS 8.5.1 and more PowerBook 500 (could use two batteries) Police Records Show Women Are Being Stalked With Apple AirTags Across the Country Watch out for phishing emails from genuine mailing lists, following Mailchimp hack Behold, a password phishing site that can trick even savvy users Apple Neglects to Patch Two Zero-Day, Wild Vulnerabilities for macOS Big Sur, Catalina iOS adoption StatCounter Can your Mac run Monterey? Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
4/7/202225 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 233: Universal Control Comes to macOS Monterey

New malware, a new Chrome zero-day vulnerability, and why iOS auto-updates take so long to update. We discuss Apple's potential iPhone hardware subscriptions and discuss the new Universal Control feature in macOS Monterey. Show Notes: New Variant of Chinese Gimmick Malware Targeting macOS Users Google Issues Urgent Chrome Update to Patch Actively Exploited Zero-Day Vulnerability Apple's Craig Federighi Explains Why iOS Auto-Updates Often Arrive Several Weeks Late My own phone number is now spam texting me Apple Is Working on a Hardware Subscription Service for iPhones Apple solidifies its transition to a services company How to Set Up and Use Universal Control with macOS Monterey Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
3/31/202229 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 232: The Jargon Episode, Part II

We follow up on our recent episode explaining the jargon used in cybersecurity, explaining hacking and cracking, black hats and white hats, and more. Show Notes: Episode 230: The Jargon Episode Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
3/24/202223 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 231: Apple Peek Performance Review

Plenty of Apple software updates came out last week and we have the run-down. Look up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane... it's a QR code? And, of course, we'll have our take on the latest gear announced at Apple's most recent Peek Performance Event. Show Notes: CaddyWiper: New wiper malware discovered in Ukraine Halo Invades SXSW With a ‘Swarm’ of 400 Drones Apple Releases Mac Studio, Studio Display, and Updates iPhone SE and iPad Air Apple’s 2022 iPad Air elbows M1 into the lineup MacTracker Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
3/17/202227 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 230: The Jargon Episode

Do you know your bot from your zombie, your evil maid from your man in the middle? Computer security, like any technical field, has lots of jargon, and in this episode, we explain the terms you hear us use often when talking about malware and security issues. Show Notes: Apple Releases Mac Studio, Studio Display, and Updates iPhone SE and iPad Air CVE database Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
3/10/202229 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 229: Apple Peek Performance Prognostics

Russia has deployed malware against Ukraine in the lead up to its invasion; we have details on the cyber weapons they used. Third-party web browsers for the iPhone and iPad are forced to use WebKit, but want to be free from this requirement. And Apple's Spring Event is next week. We have a preview of what we hope is coming, along with some Peek Performance Prognostics. Show Notes: HermeticWiper malware targeting orgs in Ukraine; here’s how to stay safe IsaacWiper Russian Invasion of Ukraine Impacts Apple World Apple pauses all product sales in Russia, stops exports and limits Apple Pay Russian hackers infect network devices with new botnet malware: Cyclops Blink Web Developers Form Advocacy Group to Allow Other Browser Engines on iOS Apple event, March 8 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
3/3/202226 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 228: Apple T2 Security Vulnerability, New Gmail Spam Rules, and How Thread Makes Your Home Smarter

The Mac's T2 security chip has been hacked and your Mac's passwords can be cracked. What you should know about a potentially serious vulnerability. You should probably check your Gmail spam folder? And we've got a look at the wireless mesh system you might already have running in your home. Show Notes: New Gmail Spam Filtering Rules: Check Your Spam Mailbox T2 Mac security vulnerability: Passwords can now be cracked Missouri governor’s wild claims about journalist debunked in police report Never, Ever, Ever Use Pixelation for Redacting Text Securely Redact Text in PDFs with Apple Preview on Mac Opera browser now allows emoji-only web addresses How to Use Thread HomeKit Devices with Apple TV and HomePod mini Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
2/24/202232 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 227: Apple Vulns, Macro Viruses, and How Encryption Protects You

Apple has issued a mixed assortment of security updates, Microsoft is changing the way they warn about macros in Word and Excel documents, and we take a deep dive into end-to-end encryption, explaining why your security and privacy online depend on it. Show Notes: Apple fixes active zero-day vuln with macOS 12.2.1, iOS 15.3.1, Safari 15.3 CISA orders federal agencies to update iPhones, Macs until Feb 25th Apple releases mystery security updates for macOS Big Sur, Catalina Apple Announces AirTag Updates to Address Unwanted Tracking 25 years on, Microsoft makes another stab at stopping macro virus malware 10 Ways End-to-Encryption Protects Your Data, Your Privacy, and Your Bank Balance Three Free Secure Email Providers That Protect Your Data and Privacy Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
2/17/202229 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 226: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

A bug has turned up that allowed Siri to record user interactions without permission; Facebook predicts Apple's strict privacy and tracking features will hurt its bottom line; and third parties are selling AirTags that have been hacked to make them less detectable and easier to use for stalking. And, break ups happen: we've got some advice for how to un-share devices, services and personal data with your ex, just in time for Valentine's Day. Show Notes: The evolution of a Mac trojan: UpdateAgent’s progression iOS 15.4 Beta 2 Fixes Bug That Caused Some iPhones to Record Siri Interactions Even When Users Opted Out Apple's Privacy Measures to Cost Facebook $10 Billion in 2022 AirTags with deactivated speakers being sold on eBay and Etsy; seller claims not for stalking Domestic abuser busted in the act of putting an AirTag on a car Reddit and Twitter users face age checks under UK porn law plans Bad Breakup? How To Stop Sharing Data with Your Ex on iPhone and iPad Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
2/10/202228 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 225: Face ID with a Mask; Barcodes with Stamps; and Problems with OneDrive

We look at some Face ID tricks for you, your iPhone, and your mask. OneDrive and Dropbox run into a kernel extension issue and things may be kind of haywire for their syncing capabilities. The App Store announces support for unlisted apps for private distribution. And the UK's Royal Mail starts including barcodes with stamps, and fun may ensue. Show Notes: iOS 15.4 enables Face ID support while wearing a mask, no Apple Watch required Royal Mail adds barcodes to stamps offering digital extras GDPR enforcer rules that IAB Europe’s consent popups are unlawful App Store Now Supports Unlisted Apps Discoverable Only With a Direct Link macOS 12.3 to remove Python 2.7 OneDrive Mac Users Unhappy With Buggy Update That Removes Ability to Keep Local Copies of Synced Files Inside the new Files On-Demand Experience on macOS Pennsylvania could become first state to pass law targeting AirTag abuse Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
2/3/202227 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 224: The Enemy in Your Pocket

We take a close look at the new DazzleSpy malware that targets Macs. There's quite a bit of money to be made from Apple's bug bounty program; one recipient blabs on the payout. Time for procrastinators to update to iOS 15 as security updates dry up for earlier systems. Scammers are preying on prayers; prayer apps that is. And we've got another AirTags to the rescue adventure. Also, Apple released a whole slew of security updates right after we finished recording the podcast; check the link in the show notes for full info. Show Notes: DazzleSpy Mac Malware Used in Targeted Attacks Apple paid bug bounty of $100K for Mac webcam hijack & more iOS 15 Features iOS 14 updates are no longer being offered Apple says iOS 15 adoption is lower than usual, but here's why iOS 15.3 and macOS 12.2 (with Safari history leak fix) sill aren’t out yet Apple releases macOS 12.2, iOS 15.3, watchOS 8.4 and more Nothing Sacred: These Apps Reserve The Right To Sell Your Prayers iCloud sync is randomly breaking Woman put AirTag in one of her boxes and caught her mover lying about his location 24 Things You Can Track with Apple’s New AirTags Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
1/27/202231 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 223: How to Run Windows on an M1 Mac

A new Safari vulnerability can leak your browser history, 5G can interfere with airplane altimeters, Google Analytics is being targeted by EU courts, and we take a deep dive into running Windows on an M1 Mac. Show Notes: Safari 15 IndexedDB Leaks Exploiting IndexedDB API information leaks in Safari Google Analytics declared illegal in the EU (well, not exactly) "Google Analytics may soon be banned," warns Dutch agency (Heise Online, via Google Translate) Mobile firms agree another 5G delay at US airports US radio spectrum chart How to Run Windows on an Intel or M1 Mac Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
1/20/202230 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 222: SysJoker Malware and Scams in the App Store

New SysJoker malware attacks Mac, Windows, and Linux computers. Apple has difficulty managing scams and copycat apps in its App Stores. And iCloud Private Relay is provoking ire among phone carriers. Show Notes: New SysJoker Backdoor Targets Windows, Linux, and macOS How to make $13 million on the App Store with scam apps (Twitter thread) Wordle clone maker blatantly ripped off the original game, name and all The Wordle clones have disappeared from the App Store European carriers seek to block iPhone Private Relay feature How to Use iCloud Private Relay T-Mobile begins blocking iPhone users from enabling iCloud Private Relay in the US After our recording, Apple issued a statement saying that there are no bugs in iOS 15.2 that could disable iCloud Private Relay Wireless network provider support and features for iPhone Class action lawsuit filed in California alleging Google is paying Apple to stay out of the search engine business Bernstein says Google’s FY21 payments to Apple might reach nearly $15B Use private browsing to maintain your privacy on the web How to switch search engines in Safari and other browsers on macOS and iOS (and why you should) Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
1/13/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 221: Look-Alike Letters Lead Users to Lose Moola

Attackers can simulate an iPhone restart to keep malware alive, and an interesting HomeKit vulnerability could brick your device. We discuss malicious QR codes, and we take a deep dive into Apple's two-factor authentication, which more and more users need to use Apple devices. Show Notes: Microsoft fixes harebrained Y2K22 Exchange bug that disrupted email worldwide “NoReboot” attack: Threat actors can simulate iPhone reboots and keep iOS malware on a device Doorlock Tweet by Austin, TX, police Josh's tweet How to Use Two-Factor Authentication for Your Apple ID and iCloud Account How to Set iCloud Account Recovery Contacts, Legacy Contacts, and Trusted Phone Numbers Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
1/6/202225 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 220: The Challenge with Alexa

Amazon Alexa gave a dangerous answer to a child asking for a challenge; how much can we trust AI to provide safe, reliable information? We also look at the new RedLine malware, and discuss some iCloud settings to help you get back into your account if you've forgotten your password, and one that lets you set up a legacy contact. Show Notes: RedLine malware shows why passwords shouldn't be saved in browsers This USB ‘kill cord’ can instantly wipe your laptop if snatched or stolen Alexa encourages dangerous penny challenge Alexa Answers The Penny (1p) Challenge How to Set iCloud Account Recovery Contacts, Legacy Contacts, and Trusted Phone Numbers How to Prepare Your Digital Legacy Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
12/30/202127 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 219: $1,139 of Gelato

A four-year old child, using his father's phone, ordered $1,139 worth of gelato. We discuss the risks of lending your iPhone or iPad to a child, and we look at the new App Privacy Report, in iOS and iPad OS 15.2, which tells you what apps are doing behind your back. Show Notes: Four-year-old Sydney child orders $1,139 of gelato delivered to his father’s work How to Keep Kids from Making Purchases on Your iPhone or iPad Why iOS needs multiple user accounts for iPad A Parent’s Guide to In-App Purchases on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS Understanding iOS and iPadOS App Privacy Report Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
12/23/202130 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 218: Does the Log4j Vulnerability Affect You?

The Log4j vulnerability is making the news, and we discuss what it is and who should worry. We look at Apple's new feature to detect nude photos in children's messages, and we discuss the potential demise of the NSO Group. Show Notes: Apple releases macOS 12.1, iOS 15.2, watchOS 8.3 and more Apple: ​​About communication safety in Messages Apple Removes All References to Controversial CSAM Scanning Feature From Its Child Safety Webpage Apple Releases 'Tracker Detect' App to Prevent Android Users From Being Tracked by AirTags U.S. lawmakers call for sanctions against Israel's NSO, spyware firms After US ban and Apple action, Pegasus spyware maker NSO running out of cash ‘The Internet Is on Fire’ - A vulnerability in the Log4j logging framework has security teams scrambling to put in a fix. CISA tells federal agencies to patch Log4Shell before Christmas “Exploits of a Mom” (Little Bobby Tables) XKCD comic Apple patches Log4Shell iCloud vulnerability, described as most critical in a decade Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
12/16/202127 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 217: New Scam Emails Purport to Come from NSO Group Hacker

Amazon's AWS outage causes havoc with the internet; a simple mistake can lock you out of your Google account for 48 hours; and we discuss a new scam email purporting to come from an NSO Group hacker. Show Notes: How to Use a Security Key to Protect Sensitive Online Accounts Mac and iOS Keychain Tutorial: How Apple’s iCloud Keychain Works "I am hacker NSO Group," New Email Scam Leverages Controversial Pegasus Malware Apple’s AirTags Can Enable Stalkers and Abusers I Mailed an AirTag and Tracked Its Progress; Here’s What Happened U.S. State Department phones hacked with Israeli company spyware Pegasus detection - iMazing Mozilla Ending Support for Firefox Lockwise Password Manager in December How to Choose the Right Password Manager for You Microsoft says its own Edge browser is more trustworthy than "so 2008" Google Chrome Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
12/9/202127 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 216: The Problem with Default Passwords

The UK is mulling a bill to prohibit default passwords; the admin/admin that is often set by default on internet-connected devices. This would be a good thing, but there are drawbacks. We also discuss how Apple takes the lead in smartphone sales in China, and an upgrade program for Mac laptops. Show Notes: Josh speaking at AVAR 2021 Virtual on Thursday, December 2 (7:05 PM Pacific) Apple Becomes Largest Smartphone Brand in China, First Time Since Dec 2015 Apple Introduces New MacBook Upgrade Program for Business Partners Apple Fined $11 Million in Italy for Employing 'Aggressive Methods' in Commercial Use of Private Data Apple alerted Polish prosecutor that her iPhone has likely been compromised by NSO Tweet from Polish prosecutor New malware is capable of evading almost all antivirus products UK *Considers Banning* Default Passwords and We Should Too Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
12/2/202127 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 215: Apple Sues NSO Group for Pegasus Spyware

Apple has filed a lawsuit against NSO Group, the creator of Pegasus spyware, that has targeted politicians, journalists, and activists. We discuss this surprising lawsuit and what it means for Apple users and security. Show Notes: Dave Eggars, The Every Apple sues NSO Group to curb the abuse of state-sponsored spyware Apple's complaint The Pegasus Project, Washington Post About Apple threat notifications and protecting against state-sponsored attacks Detect Pegasus and Other Spyware on iPhone and iPad - iMazing Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2021 holiday sales: From November 19 until December 2, save up to an incredible 65% off Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 — the ultimate Mac protection and utility suite — via this link. You can also find great savings on Intego Privacy Protection VPN via this link, and Intego Antivirus for Windows via this link. Share these deals with your friends and family to help them save, too!
11/25/202129 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 214: Shop Safely on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

We had to check our calendars when Apple announced a new self-service repair program for iPhones. We look at some new Mac malware, and we discuss how to shop safely and securely online this Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Show Notes: Apple announces Self Service Repair iPhone 12 and 12 Pro Screen Replacement iFixit battery replacement Caution! These Black Friday “deals” may be bad for your security 7 essential tips to stay safe shopping online, Cyber Week and all year How to Spot Fake Product Reviews Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2021 holiday sales: From November 19 until December 2, save up to an incredible 65% off Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 — the ultimate Mac protection and utility suite — via this link. You can also find great savings on Intego Privacy Protection VPN via this link, and Intego Antivirus for Windows via this link. Share these deals with your friends and family to help them save, too!
11/18/202132 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 213: Is Apple Planning to Lock Down the Mac?

There is still new malware pretending to be Flash Player updates, even though Flash is dead; Facebook said they were ditching their facial recognition program, but has done an about face; and we discuss whether Apple is on a path to lock down the Mac to only allow apps to be installed from the Mac App Store. (Math correction: at one point I said $200 million; the correct number is $2 billion.) Show Notes: Highlights of Recent Mac Malware Meta [Facebook] will continue to use of facial recognition technology after all Meta will continue to use facial recognition technology, actually moe.: Meat Apple Business Essentials Apple's Craig Federighi Says Sideloading on iPhone Would Open the Floodgates to Malware Apple CEO Tim Cook: “If you want to sideload, you can buy an Android phone.” GIMP Audio Hijack Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
11/11/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 212: Apple’s Poor Patching Policies

We look at how Apple's inconsistent patching policies for fixing security threats puts users at risk. We also discuss Facebook's decision to shut down their facial recognition program, and an interesting "Trojan source" attack that could allow malware to be inserted into source code using invisible characters. Show Notes: Apple's Privacy Features Have Cost Social Media Companies Nearly $10 Billion in Revenue Facebook Shuttering Facial Recognition System, Will Delete Data From Over a Billion Users NSO Group (creator of Pegasus spyware) placed on U.S. government blacklist 'Trojan Source' attack method can hide bugs into open-source code CISA creates catalog of known exploited vulnerabilities, orders agencies to patch CISA Known Exploited Vulnerabilities Catalog Apple’s Poor Patching Policies Potentially Make Users’ Security and Privacy Precarious Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
11/4/202130 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 211: Say Hey to macOS Monterey

Apple releases macOS Monterey, the company's newest desktop operating system, along with a number of security updates. We discuss Apple's new M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pro models, which may be too powerful for most users. And if you're getting a new Mac, we discuss which is better: migrating your old system, or doing a clean installation. Show Notes: A full history of macOS (OS X) release dates and rates Apple releases macOS 12 Monterey, iOS 15.1, watchOS 8.1, and more How to keep older Macs secure: a geeky approach (run Catalina on unsupported Macs) Josh's tweet showing macOS updates by version UK phone networks to [attempt to] block scam calls from abroad M1 Pro vs. M1 Max: Why the fastest MacBook ever might be overkill Intel CEO: My job is to win Apple back Pre-release Intel 12th-gen Alder Lake chip allegedly beats Apple’s M1 Max How to choose the right Mac for your use case Setting Up a New Mac: Should You Migrate or Do a Clean Installation? Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
10/28/202129 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 210: Apple’s New MacBook Pros, Really for Pros

Google removes FTP from Chrome; a journalist looks at a state website's source code and the governor brands him a "hacker"; Facebook is in trouble, and plans to change its name, sort of; and we look at Apple's new MacBook Pros, that really are for pros. Show Notes: Governor wants to prosecute journalist who clicked View Source Hacker definitions Google finally removed FTP from Chrome 95 browser Facebook is planning to rebrand the company with new name Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg added to D.C. privacy lawsuit Apple Watch Series 7 Review: A Larger Display, but No Essential Changes Juli Clover's Apple Watch photo Apple Goes Pro in Second Homegrown Silicon Salvo Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
10/21/202130 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 209: What the heck is Apple doing??

Apple has released a security update for an actively exploited vulnerability, but only for iOS 15, not iOS 14? What are they doing? We also discuss how Apple sometimes offers security updates for older versions of macOS, but not always. Show Notes: How to Use Focus to Limit Notifications in iOS 15 and macOS Monterey iOS 15.0.2 fixes new “actively exploited” vulnerability Tweet by Denis Tokarev Researcher discloses several zero-day iOS, iPadOS vulnerabilities NSO Pegasus spyware can no longer target UK phone numbers Josh’s Objective by the Sea talk: n-1 and n-2: Should we really trust in you? An examination of macOS security updates Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
10/14/202130 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 208: iPad mini 6, Facebook's Time-Out, and a Contactless iPhone Rip-Off

Facebook's downtime shows how risky it is to use social media services to log into other services. An interesting proof of concept can steal money from Visa cards on iPhones. And we discuss the new iPad mini 6, and the Apple Watch Series 7 that goes on sale Friday. Show Notes: Apple Watch Series 7 Squircle Understanding How Facebook Disappeared from the Internet OpenID Company That Routes Billions of Text Messages Quietly Says It Was Hacked App Store Report a Problem link is back to help fight scams, with two significant improvements Lost Apple AirTag Can Lead Finder to Malicious Website Researchers find Apple Pay, Visa contactless hack Use Express Transit with Apple Pay Review: iPad mini 2021 – in spite of the increased price, it’s still a great device Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
10/7/202128 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 207: iOS 12 Security Updates, Zero-Day iOS Vulnerabilities, and the iPhone 13

Apple issues a security update for iOS 12, zero-day vulnerabilities target iOS and iPadOS, and we look at the iPhone 13 Pro. Show Notes: iOS 12 is still getting security updates for in-the-wild issues Pegasus spyware found on 5 French cabinet members’ phones Remotely exploitable "inetloc" zero-day vulnerability hits the Mac Researcher discloses several zero-day iOS, iPadOS vulnerabilities Commission proposes a common charger for electronic devices Full EU text for chargers iPhone 13 Pro Review: The Camera’s the Star, but the Battery Life Is the Best New Feature Wireless Charging Is a Disaster Waiting to Happen Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
9/30/202130 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 206: Why Doesn't Apple Want People to Upgrade to iOS 15?

There's new Mac malware hiding in a terminal emulator app, an interesting Finder vulnerability, and Apple launches iCloud+. We also wonder why Apple isn't prompting iOS users to upgrade to iOS 15 Show Notes: OSX/ZuRu Mac malware spread through Trojan apps Remotely exploitable "inetloc" zero-day vulnerability hits the Mac Why doesn’t Apple want people to upgrade to iOS 15? Netgear fixes dangerous code execution bug in multiple routers How to Use iCloud+, with Additional Security and Privacy Features, and More iOS 15 Adoption Lower Than iOS 14 Over First Two Days, Says Mixpanel Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
9/23/202130 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 205: Apple’s Consistent Iteration

Apple has patched two in-the-wild vulnerabilities, and you should update your devices right away. We look at the dangers of "corrupt my file" websites. And we discuss Apple's new product announcements. Show Notes: Apple patches two in-the-wild vulnerabilities for macOS, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS Pegasus Spyware Hacks iPhones of Prominent Individuals Are “corrupt my file” sites safe? Here’s why to avoid corrupt-a-file services Meet Meris, the new 250,000-strong DDoS botnet terrorizing the internet Apple Introduces the iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7, and New iPads Hands On with Apple’s New M1 iMac and M1 iPad Pro (Center Stage video) Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
9/16/202132 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 204: CSAM, GDPR, and Android Updates

Apple pauses their new CSAM image scanning rollout, WhatsApp gets slapped with a big GDPR fine in Ireland, and Germany is mandating seven years of updates for all mobile phones. We also discuss new Mac malware, and Intego's 100% virus detection rating. Show Notes: Apple Event, September 14 Michael K. Williams OSX/Adload: Mac Malware Apple Missed for Many Months Intego Earns 100% Detection in AV-Comparatives 2021 Independent Testing Apple delays rollout of CSAM detection system and child safety features Facebook confirms ProPublica report based on a misunderstanding (Original title: WhatsApp Messages are Not End-to-End Encrypted) Ireland watchdog fines WhatsApp record sum for flouting EU data rules ProtonMail logged IP address of French activist after order by Swiss authorities Three Free Secure Email Providers That Protect Your Data and Privacy Intego Privacy Protection Germany wants phone makers to offer 7 years of security updates Samsung Takes Galaxy Security to the Next Level by Extending Updates Android One Samsung security updates: “minimum of four” years Google Chrome OS Device Auto Update Policy Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
9/9/202128 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 203: Zero Click, Russian Fines, and Apple Wallet

A new zero-click exploit targets the iPhone, Russia fines internet companies for not storing user data in the country, and you'll soon be able to put a driver's license in Apple Wallet, but should you? Show Notes: Bahraini activists targeted with new iOS zero-click exploit WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter fined for not storing user data inside Russia Firefox follows Chrome and prepares to block insecure downloads Tom Cruise surprises starstruck British family by landing helicopter in garden Hundreds of thousands of Realtek-based devices under attack from IoT botnet Apple and Google must allow developers to use other in-app payment systems, per new South Korean law A Parent’s Guide to In-App Purchases on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS Daring Fireball on the South Korean in-app payment law Apple adds driver's licenses, state IDs to Apple Wallet Tweet from Nilay Patel This phishing attack is using a sneaky trick to steal your passwords, warns Microsoft Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
9/2/202131 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 202: How We've Changed Our Approach to Security and Privacy

Josh and Kirk look at some new iCloud features, and talk about how they've changed their security and privacy practices over the 200+ episodes of the Intego Mac Podcast. Show Notes: Apple already scans iCloud Mail for CSAM, but not iCloud Photos iCloud+ custom email domains now available in beta California man admits to stealing nude photos from iCloud Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
8/26/202130 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 201: Apple's New Child Protection Features

Apple has announced Expanded Protections for Children, designed to help limit the spread of child sexual abuse material. However, these features scan photos on iPhones and iPads, and many privacy advocates are concerned by their potential for misuse. Show Notes: Apple Announces Expanded Protections for Children Expanded Protections for Children: Frequently Asked Questions Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
8/19/202128 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 200: Tales from the Hackin’ Shack with Patrick Wardle

For the 200th episode of the Intego Mac Podcast, we welcome independent security researcher Patrick Wardle, who shares tales of finding bugs and vulnerabilities on the iPhone and Mac. Show Notes: Objective-See Objective by the Sea Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
8/12/202132 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 199: Understanding iCloud Private Relay

The Apple watch has been updated to cover a recent security vulnerability that has been patched on other Apple operating systems. Zoom pays users for lying, Apple brings back the Store tab on its website, and we look at how the forthcoming iCloud Private Relay works. Show Notes: Zoom to pay $85M for lying about encryption and sending data to Facebook and Google Apple reverts back to having a Store tab (it’s about time) With help from Google, impersonated Brave.com website pushes malware Lookalike domains are spreading malware; here's how to stay safe How to Use iCloud Private Relay What3Words Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
8/5/202130 minutes, 5 seconds
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Buying and Selling Computer Vulnerabilities

A new Apple update is released for a zero-day vulnerability exploited in the wild, we discuss how vulnerability brokers buy and sell computer bugs, and we look at three free secure email services. Show Notes: Speculation that yesterday’s iOS security fix was for NSO exploit Twitter Account Security report Three Free Secure Email Hosts That Protect Your Data Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
7/29/202129 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 197: Prepare for the End of 3G Networks

Apple has released security updates for all its operating systems. We discuss the new disclosures about Pegasus spyware, and Apple's response. And we look at what will happen when mobile phone carriers shut down their 3G networks; you may have 3G devices that you don't think about. And Josh has a new laptop; finally. (When we recorded the podcast, only some had been released, but shortly after the recording, Apple released the remaining updates.) Show Notes: Apple releases iOS 14.7, watchOS 7.6, macOS 11.5, and more Latest iOS 14.7 Beta Patches Bug That Disables iPhone's Ability to Connect to Wi-Fi Pegasus Project - The Guardian Why Apple’s walled garden is no match for Pegasus spyware Twitter thread about OS updates - Reed Albergotti 3G Networks Are Shutting Down; What Will Happen to Your Older Devices? What is 5G, how does it work, and how fast is it really? Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
7/22/202129 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 196: Screenshots and Shortcuts

Apple is fixing a bug that could disable network access on devices connecting to wi-fi networks containing weird characters, and Ring rolls out end-to-end encryption for doorbells. We take a close look at how to shoot screenshots on the Mac, and we discuss the new Shortcuts coming to macOS Monterey Show Notes: Latest iOS 14.7 Beta Patches Bug That Disables iPhone's Ability to Connect to Wi-Fi Ring Launches Video End-to-End Encryption Ring: End-to-End Encryption MagSafe power adaptors The Complete Guide to Taking Screenshots and Screen Recordings on Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch Shortcuts Are Coming to macOS – What Does This Mean, and How Secure Are They? Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
7/15/202131 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 195: The Danger of Internet-Connected Devices

We take another look at Windows 11 system requirements, we discuss another strange wi-fi network name that can break iPhones, and we look closely at the issue of Western Digital network storage devices that have had data deleted by hackers. Show Notes: Update on Windows 11 minimum system requirements This serious Wi-Fi bug can break your iPhone, but here's how to protect yourself Thinking about selling your Echo Dot—or any IoT device? Read this first Got a WD My Book Live device? Your data is at risk—here’s what to do Backblase Hard Drive Data and Stats Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
7/8/202131 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 194: iCloud Calendar Spam, In-App Purchases, and Windows 11

Owners of WD MyCloud Drives have found all their data remotely wiped by hackers. iCloud Calendar spam is problem again, and we explain why, and how to fix it. We also discuss managing in-app purchases and app subscriptions, and we even discuss the forthcoming Windows 11. Show Notes: Microsoft Unveils Windows 11 Windows 11 enables security by design from the chip to the cloud Google is working on an HTTPS-Only Mode for Chrome Google to require 2FA and a physical address from Android app devs Carrier injects 'SMS ad' into Google verification code Hackers exploited 0-day, not 2018 bug, to mass-wipe My Book Live devices How to Stop iCloud Calendar Spam A Parent’s Guide to In-App Purchases on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
7/1/202128 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 193: Secure Password Recipes

One way of creating secure passwords is to use a number of memorable words; how secure are this type of password? We also look at a network bug that can disable wi-fi on iPhones, the new Brave privacy-protecting search engine, and an EU investigation of Google's FLoC technology. Show Notes: iPhone bug breaks WiFi when you join hotspot with unusual name Building a Trusted Ecosystem for Millions of Apps Brave Search Now Available in Beta as Privacy-Protecting Search Engine Alternative to Google EU launches antitrust probe into Google banning third-party cookies in Chrome Itadakimasu Password Strength (XKCD) Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
6/24/202130 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 192: New Features Coming in macOS Monterey, iOS 15, and iPadOS 15

Apple issued a security update for iOS 12, and we wonder why. Google backtracks on a Chrome address bar change. New stats show an increasing in phishing sites. And we discuss the new features in Apple's next operating systems, due out in the fall. Show Notes: Apple releases iOS 12.5.4 for old models of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch Google abandons experiment to show simplified domain URLs in Chrome Phishing sites reached all-time high in January 2021 Apple Announces New Features in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey Manage and Secure Notifications on Your iPhone, iPad, and Mac Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
6/17/202131 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 191: New Privacy Features in iOS 15 and macOS Monterey

Apple introduced its new operating systems this week, and there are plenty of privacy features to help users better control their data. We discuss these new features, and especially a number of important features that Apple didn't discuss at the keynote. Show Notes: Every New Privacy Feature in iOS 15 and macOS Monterey Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
6/10/202131 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 190: Amazon Sidewalk and the Forever Mac

Facebook and Intel try to diss Apple, but score own goals. Amazon Sidewalk launches, and we tell you what it means, and how to opt out. And we discuss whether Apple's new processors, and extensions to AppleCare, suggest that we may have forever Macs. Show Notes: Facebook-Sponsored Research Paper Lambasts Apple's iOS 14.5 Privacy Intel versus Apple: Chipmaker's latest attack scores own goal “I have now identified *multiple* apps from *multiple* developer accounts with this type of ratings meta-manipulation.” No, it doesn’t just crash Safari. Apple has yet to fix exploitable flaw Amazon Sidewalk Wants to Share Your Wi-Fi: Here's How to Disable It Fon Are We Heading Towards a Forever Mac? How to keep older Macs secure: a geeky approach (run Catalina on unsupported Macs) Obtaining service for your Apple product after an expired warranty Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
6/3/202131 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 189: M1s Everywhere

Apple updates everything again, and their new privacy add provides a clear explanation of app tracking. We discuss an iOS app scam, where an app won't let you do anything unless you give it a good rating first. And we look at Apple's new M1 iMac and iPad Pro. Show Notes: Apple Releases iOS 14.6, watchOS 7.5, macOS 11.4 and More, with Many Security Fixes macOS Big Sur 11.4 Addresses Vulnerability That Could Let Attackers Take Secret Screenshots Apple’s new privacy ad Episode 185: AirTags, AirDrop, and App Tracking Facebook Still ‘Secretly’ Tracks Your iPhone—This Is How To Stop It How to remove GPS location data from photos on iPhone or Mac Asahi Linux Dev Reveals ‘M1RACLES’ Flaw in Apple M1, Pokes Fun at Similar Flaws App Store Scam App Required a Good Review to Function at All Hands On with Apple's New M1 iMac and M1 iPad Pro iMac M1 24" Teardown A Week with the New Apple M1 MacBook Air Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
5/27/202132 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 188: How Much Abuse Can Apple's AirTags Take?

We stress tested Apple AirTags and discuss how tough they are, but we also look at how AirTags can enable stalkers. And there's news about Apple touting its App Store enforcement, the accommodations the company makes with China, and a Find My app exploit. Show Notes: App Store stopped over $1.5 billion in suspect transactions in 2020 XcodeGhost Malware Infected 100+ Million iOS Users and Apple Said Nothing Apple prevented 1 million risky/vulnerable apps from entering App Store in 2020 Inside Apple’s Compromises in China: A Times Investigation Find My Network Exploited to Send Messages Apple TV Color Balance Feature May Make Image Quality and Colors Worse Delivery text scams: the nasty new fraud wave sweeping the UK Amazon’s Ring is the largest civilian surveillance network the US has ever seen How Tough are AirTags? We Froze, Washed and Dried, Ran Over, and Put Them in the Hot Sun Apple's AirTags Can Enable Stalkers and Abusers Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
5/20/202130 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 187: Pipeline Ransomware, Users Don’t Want Apps to Track Them, and Mailing AirTags

Ransomware has interrupted a major US gasoline pipeline, Apple didn't tell more than 100 million people their iOS devices had malware, wi-fi design flaws found that could affect everyone, and we sent an Apple AirTag through the mail and followed it. Show Notes: F.B.I. Identifies Group Behind Pipeline Hack Watch hackers break into the US power grid Analytics Suggest 96% of Users Leave App Tracking Off in iOS 14.5 WhatsApp to restrict features if you refuse Facebook data sharing XcodeGhost Malware Infected 100+ Million iOS Users and Apple Said Nothing WiFi devices going back to 1997 vulnerable to new Frag Attacks Florida man tried to track his robbery victim by attaching an iPhone to his car, police say Tile to Leverage Amazon Echo and Ring Devices to Better Compete With AirTags Opting In and Out of Sidewalk I Mailed an AirTag and Tracked Its Progress; Here's What Happened Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
5/13/202129 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 186: Facebook and Instagram Beg Users to Be Allowed to Track Them

Apple issued emergency security updates to its operating systems to protect against vulnerabilities exploited in the wild. Facebook and Instagram plead to be allowed to track users. And we discuss how QR codes can be switched and could pose risks to users. Show Notes: Apple releases iOS 14.5.1 (and iOS 12.5.3), watchOS 7.4.1, macOS Big Sur 11.3.1 A full history of macOS (OS X) release dates and rates How to Use Content Caching on macOS to Save Bandwidth Arrest after man replaces official COVID-19 check-in signs with anti-vaxxer QR code Josh’s 2018 tweet showing an iOS 11 vulnerability: irs.gov or Rickroll? Microsoft reveals final plan to remove Flash Player in Windows 10 How to Tell Apps Not to Track You in iOS 14.5 Facebook and Instagram use iOS notices to sell you on app tracking The Instagram ads Facebook won't show you (Signal) Boris Johnson’s phone number ‘listed online for last 15 years’ Episode 119: iPhones Hacked and Cracked New Spectre attack once again sends Intel and AMD scrambling for a fix Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
5/6/202128 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 185: AirTags, AirDrop, and App Tracking

Lots of updates for Apple operating systems, an AirDrop vulnerability that can lean phone numbers and email addresses, and hands on with the new Apple TV color calibration feature. We also discuss the many things you may want to track with Apple's new AirTags. Show Notes: Apple releases iOS 14.5, watchOS 7.4, macOS 11.3 and more A software bug let malware bypass macOS’ security defenses All Your Macs Are Belong To Us (Patrick Wardle on the Gatekeeper bypass and malware) How to Color Calibrate Your Mac’s Display Hands On with Apple's AirTags: Find Lost Keys, Bags, and More Apple’s AirDrop leaks users’ PII, and there’s not much they can do about it Mighty is a Chromium Mac browser streamed from the cloud Puffin cloud browser Cloudflare browser isolation 23 Things You Can Track with Apple's New AirTags (Kirk's article) Moment AirTags accessories Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
4/29/202132 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 184: The Acme of Thinness

More bad news about Facebook, more browsers just saying no to FLoC, and we look at Apple's Spring Loaded product announcements. Show Notes: Coding error allowed attackers to delete Facebook live video Facebook plans to decline to make statements regarding “scraping incidents” in the future WordPress may auto-disable Google FLoC, citing “security concern” Am I FLoCed? Apple is Updating Old Apps With Latest Signing Certificate Ahead of iOS 14.5 Apple Announces New iMacs, iPads, AirTags, and More Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
4/22/202129 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 183: 500 Million More Reasons to Talk About Facebook

Scammers have a new technique for delivering malware: using online contact forms. A couple of browsers are nixing Google's FLoC ad tracking technology. The FBI has been playing white hat hacker. And e talk about Facebook, and especially the "off-Facebook activity" that tracks you across the internet. Show Notes: Criminals spread malware using website contact forms with Google URLs Brave browser disables Google's FLoC tracking system 'FLoC off!' Vivaldi declares as it says no to Google's tracking system Vivaldi FBI operation removed web shells from hacked Exchange servers across the US There's Another Facebook Phone Number Database Online Ireland opens GDPR investigation into Facebook leak How to view and edit your Off-Facebook Activity A helpful reminder about just how much Facebook stalks you on the internet Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
4/15/202128 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 182: Facebook, Google, and Stolen iPhones

Facebook leaks 500 million user records, Google is testing a new replacement for cookies to track users, and we explain how to check if that used iPhone you want to buy is stolen. Show Notes: Apple security updates GarageBand music lessons actually begin in 2009 Apple Discontinuing iTunes U at the End of 2021 Facebook breach: over 500 million records leaked, including phone numbers Facebook says a breach that hit 533m is old news. Experts disagree ';--have i been pwned? Google Is Testing Its Controversial New Ad Targeting Tech in Millions of Browsers Malware uses underground call centers to trick users into infecting themselves Deliveroo April Fool's joke backfires in France Want to Buy a Secondhand iPhone? Here’s How to Check if it was Stolen Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
4/8/202130 minutes, 51 seconds
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No April Fool's Jokes Here, and Other News

We talk about new malware targeting iOS developers, fleeceware in the App Store, 5G vulnerabilities that can leak your location, and discuss private browsing windows, with a Safari tip that is useful for anyone who uses this feature. And we have no April Fool's jokes. Show Notes: Google Gets the Message, Launches Gmail 1.1.1.1 Apple WWDC21 Apple releases emergency update for iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watch 1Password Bear 1Blocker How to manage iTunes Store and App Store Subscriptions He believed Apple’s App Store was safe. Then a fake app stole his life savings in bitcoin. New 5G protocol vulnerabilities allow location tracking Closing web browser windows doesn't close connections Why Unsubscribing from Spam Emails Is Not the Safest Episode 158: 5G Is Here: What Does This Mean for You? Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
4/1/202129 minutes, 47 seconds
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10 Mac security and privacy features to set up right away

We discuss our checklist of the 10 security and privacy features that you should set up right away on your new Mac. Show Notes: 10 Mac security and privacy features to set up right away Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
3/25/202127 minutes, 22 seconds
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Google, iOS Security Updates, and the End of the Original HomePod

Google is sued for its incognito browsing mode. iOS security updates may be delivered more frequently. We look at how easy it is to take over someone's SMS messages. And we discuss the demise of the original HomePod. Show Notes: Scammers Targeting COVID Relief Checks, Tax Refunds Google Must Face Suit Over Snooping on ‘Incognito’ Browsing A Hacker Got All My Texts for $16 It’s time to stop using SMS for anything Fintech Giant Fiserv Used Unclaimed Domain example.com Apple app privacy label page iOS security fixes could soon be delivered separately from other updates, beta code suggests Opinion: Apple Discontinues the HomePod; Is That the End for Apple and Home Audio? Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
3/18/202129 minutes, 42 seconds
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Everything You Need to Know About Batteries

The iMac Pro is at the end of its life, and we discuss future iMacs. We look at a change in terminology Apple will be introducing in podcasting. And we look at everything you need to know about the batteries in your Apple devices. Show Notes: "Follow our podcast": Apple Podcasts to stop using "subscribe" iMac Pro iCloud user locked out for six months over coding bug related to her last name, “True” xkcd: Exploits of a Mom Glitch in iTunes Deletes Drives Apple Releases iOS and iPadOS 14.4.1 With Security Fixes Apple Planning Switch to Randomized Serial Numbers for Future Products Starting 'Early 2021' Episode 117: The Year in Apple Security 2019 Everything You Need to Know About Batteries in Your iPhone, iPad, and Mac Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
3/11/202135 minutes, 18 seconds
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All About Cookies

Could Apple's Rosetta emulation environment not be available in every country? We examine claims that it will be deleted in certain regions. Chrome changes the way it works to try HTTPS by default. And we discuss cookies: how Google will stop using them to track users, and how you can manage and delete them on your Mac or iOS device. Show Notes: Rosetta May Be Removed From M1 Macs in Some Regions on macOS 11.3 Chrome will soon try HTTPS first when you type an incomplete URL Let's Encrypt Defining a Custom URL Scheme for Your App | Apple Developer Document Google to Stop Selling Ads Based on Your Specific Web Browsing Hackers are finding ways to hide inside Apple’s walled garden How to Manage and Remove Browser Cookies on Mac and iOS Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
3/4/202130 minutes, 4 seconds
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Silver Sparrow Malware Targets Apple’s New M1 Macs

Silver Sparrow malware has been found targeting Macs, including Apple's new M1 models, but we don't know what the malware is trying to do. Apple has started going after App Store subscription scams, patches an iCloud website vulnerability, will make "zero-click" attacks harder to carry out in iOS. And, yes, we have some good news for Android users. Show Notes: Galaxy products launched since 2019, including the Z, S, Note, A, M, XCover and Tab series, will now receive at least four years of security updates New browser-tracking hack works even when you flush caches or go incognito Firefox 86 Introduces Total Cookie Protection Apple cracks down on apps with ‘irrationally high prices’ as App Store scams are exposed How to manage iTunes Store and App Store Subscriptions Apple Is Going to Make It Harder to Hack iPhones With Zero-Click Attacks Stored XSS bug in Apple iCloud domain disclosed by bug bounty hunter Silver Sparrow: 40,000 Macs Infected by Mysterious M1-native Malware Shakuhachi Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
2/25/202131 minutes, 17 seconds
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A New Amazon Phishing Scam, Malvertizing, and Apple Activation Lock Removal

A new Amazon phishing scam doesn't include links to click, but rather a telephone number to call: beware! Malvertizing takes advantage of a zero-day WebKit vulnerability to display deceptive ads, and serve malware. And Apple has set up a website for people to request the removal of activation lock on devices they own. Show Notes: Fraudulent Website Warning gets privacy boost in iOS 14.5 Hash function (Wikipedia) Apple fixes bug that let users begin macOS Big Sur installation without enough space available Apple iBook Commercial circa 2000 (YouTube) Malvertiser abused WebKit zero-day to redirect iOS & macOS users to shady sites Spy pixels in emails have become endemic Gmail will now display images by default (2013) Apple Launches Self-Serve Portal for Initiating Activation Lock Removal Requests Microsoft to add 'Kids Mode' to Chromium-based Edge browser Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
2/18/202132 minutes, 5 seconds
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Software Updates, Scam iPhone Apps, and Using Safari Browser Extensions

There were a number of important security updates to key software this week: macOS, Chrome, Edge, and even Plex. We discuss how upgrading a Mac to Big Sur without enough space can cause data loss, we look at scam apps on the iOS app store, and we talk about using Safari browser extensions on the Mac Show Notes: macOS 11.2.1 update Latest Chrome 88 Update Includes Important Fix for Zero-Day Vulnerability Plex Media servers are being abused for DDoS attacks Big Sur Upgrade not Enough Free Space = Serious Issue & Possible Data Loss! Scam iOS Apps Still Raking in Millions in Revenue on App Store A Spyware Vendor Seemingly Made a Fake WhatsApp to Hack Targets How to Use Safari Extensions to Enhance Your Browser Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
2/11/202135 minutes, 7 seconds
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Face ID with Masks, a sudo vulnerability, and Apple's Privacy Labels

Apple is testing a new feature allowing users with Face ID iPhones to unlock them with their Apple Watch, if they're wearing masks. There's a vulnerability with the sudo command in various Unix distributions, including macOS. And we discuss how Apple's privacy labels have been abused already by developers. Show Notes: iOS 14.5 adds support for unlocking your iPhone with Apple Watch while wearing a face mask About the security content of macOS Big Sur 11.2, Security Update 2021-001 Catalina, Security Update 2021-001 Mojave 10-year-old Sudo bug lets Linux users gain root-level access Recent root-giving Sudo bug also impacts macOS I checked Apple’s new privacy ‘nutrition labels.’ Many were false. Episode 166: Understanding Apple’s App Privacy Information Facebook prompt will encourage ad tracking opt-in ahead of Apple’s privacy push Google apps will stop using tracking ID that would require upcoming iOS 14 permission prompt Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
2/4/202131 minutes, 24 seconds
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Apple Updates, Web Browsers, and Ergonomics

Apple updated most of its operating system, and these updates are important because they patch vulnerabilities that are exploited in the wild. We talk about some web browsers and Flash, and we discuss ergonomics and how you can make your workstation healthier. Show Notes: iOS 14.4 Patches Vulnerabilities That May Have Been Actively Exploited Race Condition Apple Seeds Second Release Candidate Version of macOS Big Sur 11.2 to Developers The blink tag Firefox 85 removes Flash and adds protection against supercookies South African government releases its own browser just to re-enable Flash support Chrome is Bad Google Chrome might be bad, but it’s not slowing down your Mac 10 Steps to Improve Your Computer Ergonomics Erg (Wikipedia) Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
1/28/202134 minutes, 42 seconds
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DNS, Lost Bitcoin, and the new Big Sur Control Center

DNS is in the news, following a warning from the NSA and new malware. We discuss how common it is for law enforcement to crack smartphones, and how this should prompt you to choose a more secure passcode for your device. We look another bitcoin owner who's lost millions. And we discuss the new Control Center in macOS Big Sur. Show Notes: Brave becomes first browser to add native support for the IPFS protocol InterPlanetary File System The NSA warns enterprises to beware of third-party DNS resolver DNSpooq lets attackers poison DNS cache records 1.1.1.1 Quad9 OpenDNS Private Internet Access How law enforcement gets around your smartphone’s encryption If Hackers Crack a Six-Digit iPhone Passcode, They Can Get All Your Passwords Android One Man offers Newport council £50m if it helps find bitcoins in landfill How to Configure and Use Control Center in macOS Big Sur Bartender Control Strip Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
1/21/202132 minutes, 33 seconds
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How iTunes Changed Apple

iTunes is 20 years old. Even if, on the Mac, that name has been eclipsed, the iTunes brand still exists, and iTunes is one of the reasons that Apple is such a strong services company. We also look at some new AppleScript malware, how some millionaires are losing Bitcoin because they forgot their passwords, and discuss "brushing," a new semi-scam where people received Amazon deliveries they never ordered. Show Notes: macOS malware used run-only AppleScripts to avoid detection for five years How to Uninstall Flash Player Lost Passwords Lock Millionaires Out of Their Bitcoin Fortunes Mysterious Packages Showing Up on Doorsteps How to Spot Fake Product Reviews Getting unordered seeds and stuff in the mail? iTunes at 20: How One App Changed Apple’s Course Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
1/14/202133 minutes, 11 seconds
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New Year’s Resolution: Cull Your Notifications

There's new malware attacking cryptocurrency apps, WhatsApp warns users about data it is sharing with Facebook, and Apple loses a copyright fight with a company that virtualizes iOS so security researchers can look for vulnerabilities. We also look at how you can manage and secure notifications on your devices, so you don't get too distracted, and also so personal information isn't visible when your devices are locks. Show Notes: Operation ElectroRAT: Attacker Creates Fake Companies to Drain Your Crypto Wallets Patrick Wardle’s ElectroRAT write-up Mandatory WhatsApp Privacy Policy Update Allows User Data to be Shared With Facebook Apple loses copyright battle against security start-up Corellium Apple begins shipping ‘rooted’ iPhones to members of the Security Research Device Program Manage and Secure Notifications on Your iPhone, iPad, and Mac Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
1/7/202132 minutes, 3 seconds
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A Brief History of Adobe Flash Player: From Multimedia to Malware

On December 31, 2020, Adobe Flash Player is officially dead. This browser plugin, which provided multimedia content for the early internet, has been plagued by security issues, and became the most exploited vector for malware on the Mac. We look back on 25 years of Flash. Show Notes: The History of Adobe Flash Player: From Multimedia to Malware Articles about Flash on the Intego Mac Security Blog Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
12/31/202031 minutes, 13 seconds
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Looking Back on the Year in Apple Security

As the year ends, we look back on the security issues that arose in 2020, including malware that bypassed Apple's checks, Flash Player malware, and malware that specifically targeted Mac developers. Show Notes: Apple security in 2019: year in review Apple Security 2020: The Year in Review Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
12/24/202032 minutes, 32 seconds
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Understanding Apple’s App Privacy Information

Apple has introduced new app privacy information on its app stores, explaining how developers collect data. We also look at this week's Apple updates, including one for iOS 12, and even iCloud for Windows. And we discuss how Google is manipulating links in emails, ostensibly to protect users. Show Notes: Apple releases iOS 12.5 for older iPhones with support for COVID-19 exposure notifications Gmail Click-time Link Protections PayPal introduces new fee for dormant accounts App privacy details on the App Store Understanding Apple’s New App Privacy Information Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
12/17/202035 minutes, 7 seconds
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What Do You Want for Christmas?

Apple announces new over-the-ear headphones, AirPods Max, and we discuss whether these meet the needs of our hosts. Apple doubles down on anti-tracking rules, and WhatsApps complains about Apple's coming "nutrition labels" about data collection in apps. And Apple and Cloudflare have come up with a new way of sending DNS requests that protects privacy. Show Notes: Apple AirPods Max Apple Could Ban Apps That Don't Follow iOS 14 Anti-Tracking Rules, Says Software Chief Craig Federighi U.S. and States Say Facebook Illegally Crushed Competition WhatsApp Protests Apple's App Store Privacy Requirements After we recorded this episode, Apple announced that they will publish privacy labels for preinstalled iOS apps, which was one of the complaints that WhatsApp had. Apple to Publish Privacy Labels for Preinstalled iOS Apps on Website Unpacking WhatsApp’s privacy label in the Apple App Store Apple and Cloudflare Develop New Privacy-Focused Internet Protocol Domain Name System (Wikipedia) Telephone exchange names (Wikipedia) 867-5309 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
12/10/202035 minutes, 16 seconds
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A Week with the New MacBook Air

We discuss how new security features in macOS Big Sur can make it difficult to install certain apps. We talk about Amazon Sidewalk, a feature that will share your bandwidth from Amazon devices. We look at an astounding remote wi-fi exploit that could have let hackers access your iPhone. And Kirk discusses his first week with the new MacBook Air, which has surprised him. Show Notes: Black Friday; Securely Dispose of Your Old Mac; The HomePod mini – Intego Mac Podcast Episode 163 Protecting data at multiple layers (Apple developer document) Installing ACE on M chip-based Macs (Audio Hijack) Amazon Sidewalk will be enabled by default on Echo devices iOS Wi-Fi Exploit Could Have Let Hackers Remotely Access Nearby iPhones A Week with the New Apple M1 MacBook Air Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Cyber Week 2020 special offer: save up to an incredible 65% off Mac Premium Bundle X9 (through this Saturday only) via this link. Share it with your friends and family to help them save, too! Intego Antivirus for Windows keeps your Boot Camp, VM, or PC protected from the latest malware threats. Download a free trial now, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
12/3/202036 minutes, 50 seconds
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Black Friday; Securely Dispose of Your Old Mac; The HomePod mini

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up, we give some tips on buying older devices that may be insecure. We discuss how to audit your subscriptions with Apple, so you don't pay for what you're no longer using. We look at how to securely dispose of a Mac when you're selling or giving it away. And we talk about the new HomePod mini: is it the right smart speaker for you? Show Notes: Caution! These Black Friday “deals” may be bad for your security Identify your iPad model How to manage iTunes Store and App Store Subscriptions How to Securely Dispose of Your Old Mac How to securely dispose of old hard drives and SSDs Apple HomePod mini Review: Siri in a Compact Speaker Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2020 special offer: save up to an incredible 65% off Mac Premium Bundle X9 via this link. Share it with your friends and family to help them save, too! Intego Antivirus for Windows keeps your Boot Camp, VM, or PC protected from the latest malware threats. Be sure to use this link for a special discount, and recommend it to your Windows-using family and friends.
11/26/202033 minutes, 52 seconds
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How To Prepare Your Mac for macOS Big Sur

Apple released macOS Big Sur last week. On release day, there were a number of issues, including problems launching apps on Macs. We discuss what happened, and how Apple is changing its Gatekeeper security check. We also talk about when you should upgrade to Big Sur and how you should prepare your Mac for the big upgrade. Show Notes: MacBook Pro 2013 and 2014 may get bricked — wait until Apple fixes this Mac users couldn’t launch apps this afternoon after Apple verification server issue Safely open apps on your Mac Does Apple really log every app you run? A technical look How to Prepare Your Mac to Upgrade to macOS Big Sur: the Ultimate Guide Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout. Intego Antivirus for Windows keeps your Boot Camp, VM, or PC protected from the latest malware threats. Download a free trial now, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
11/19/202032 minutes, 56 seconds
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Apple Launches New Macs, and Big Sur Arrives

Apple announced three new Macs with its own processors, the first of a transition of the complete line of Macs to Apple silicon that should be complete in about two years. At the same time, macOS Big Sur is released. We discuss the new Macs, Apple's M1 "system on a chip", and a two-year old Apple bug that still hasn't been fixed. Show Notes: Apple neglects to fix “fake headlines” bug usable for election interference Apple Announces First Macs with Apple Silicon Apple unleashes M1 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout. Intego Antivirus for Windows keeps your Boot Camp, VM, or PC protected from the latest malware threats. Download a free trial now, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
11/12/202034 minutes, 8 seconds
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What to do if you think you have malware on your Mac

Sometimes when things start going wrong on your Mac, you may think you have malware. In this episode, Josh and Kirk discuss the possible signs of a malware attack, and the steps to take if you think that you've been infection. In the introduction, we said we didn't think there would be much Apple-related news this week, but we learned that Apple will be announcing new Macs, and the release date for macOS Big Sur, on November 10, so we'll be covering that in the next episode. Show Notes: What to Do if You Think You Have Malware on Your Mac Kernel panic (Wikipedia) Backblaze Hard Drive Data and Stats Data Backup Plan: How to Implement the 3-2-1 Backup Strategy How to Verify Your Backups are Working Properly 4 Types of Backup Hard Drives for Mac Episode 6: Passwords Are Hard (correcthorsebatterystaple) correcthorsebatterystaple (XKCD) Intego support Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout. Intego Antivirus for Windows keeps your Boot Camp, VM, or PC protected from the latest malware threats. Download a free trial now, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
11/5/202030 minutes, 13 seconds
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Will Quantum Computing Change Computer Security?

Quantum computing is just around the corner, and it will affect the way computer security works. Strong passwords and encryption will be cracked, and we'll need new ways to secure our data and identity. We also discuss complaints against Apple's coming anti-tracking protection in iOS, and we revisit the suggestions that Apple may build its own search engine. Show Notes: iOS 14's Upcoming Anti-Tracking Prompt Sparks Antitrust Complaint in France Apple, Google and a Deal That Controls the Internet Episode 152: What if Apple Built a Search Engine? Report: Apple 'Stepping Up Efforts' to Develop Alternative to Google Search How Quantum Computing Will Affect Computer Security and Passwords Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout. Intego Antivirus for Windows keeps your Boot Camp, VM, or PC protected from the latest malware threats. Download a free trial now, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
10/29/202027 minutes, 26 seconds
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5G Is Here: What Does This Mean for You?

Josh and Kirk discuss 5G: what it is, how it works, and how fast it is. Is it worth getting a new iPhone 12 for 5G? Also, we look at another case of Apple notarizing malware, and a new RAT that started out on Windows and is now threatening the Mac. Show Notes: Apple notarizes new Mac malware… again Apple notarizes dozens of Mac malware samples (August, 2020) GravityRAT moves from Windows to target Mac and Android GravityRAT: The spy returns IPStorm botnet expands from Windows to Android, Mac, and Linux Apple Event to Unveil First Apple Silicon Macs Could Happen on November 17 What Is 5G, How Does It Work, and How Fast Is It? Apple event 5G supercut Everything You Need to Know About 5G (IEEE) The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro (Daring Fireball) Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout. Intego Antivirus for Windows keeps your Boot Camp, VM, or PC protected from the latest malware threats. Download a free trial now, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
10/22/202033 minutes, 45 seconds
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Apple's New iPhone 12 and HomePod mini

Josh and Kirk talk about Apple's announcement of the iPhone 12, and whether they plan to upgrade. They explain the point of the HomePod mini, and discuss what Siri can do with this new home device from Apple. We also look at the new MagSafe charging system on the iPhone 12. Show Notes: Apple Announces iPhone 12 and HomePod mini Apple HomePod Review: Superior Sound, but Limited by Siri Apple HomePod compared to Sonos One Everything you can do with the Apple HomePod About HomePod theater mode Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout. Intego Antivirus for Windows keeps your Boot Camp, VM, or PC protected from the latest malware threats. Download a free trial now, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
10/15/202030 minutes, 41 seconds
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Three Years! And What's Next for Apple?

Josh and Kirk celebrate three years of the Intego Mac Podcast, and we discuss what Apple is likely to announce next week. We also look at a useful tip to keep thieves from using a stolen iPhone, a problematic macOS update that Apple had to pull, and serious, unmatchable issues with the T2 security chip in recent Macs. And yet another reminder that Flash is dead. Show Notes: “Protect your iPhone from being stolen!” (TikTok video) Apple Pulls Problematic Safari 14 and Security Updates for macOS Mojave Apple’s T2 security chip makes Macs unsecure UK NCSC: Don't disable updates so you can continue using Adobe Flash past its EOL Apple Announces Digital-Only Event to Be Held on October 13: iPhone 12 Expected Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout. Intego Antivirus for Windows keeps your Boot Camp, VM, or PC protected from the latest malware threats. Download a free trial now, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
10/8/202029 minutes, 20 seconds
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Who Is Tracking You?

Apple's Safari web browser has a new feature that prevents trackers from profiling you; we discuss how this works to protect you on the Mac and on iOS. We also talk about the new Series 6 Apple watch, and the solo loop band. And we take a detour to look at how a security researcher put ransomware on a coffee machine. Show Notes: Review: Apple Watch Series 6 & Solo Loop Band When coffee makers are demanding a ransom, you know IoT is screwed Understanding Safari’s New Privacy Report Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout. Intego Antivirus for Windows keeps your Boot Camp, VM, or PC protected from the latest malware threats. Download a free trial now, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
10/1/202030 minutes, 6 seconds
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Beware Drive-By Downloads in Safari

The popular fitness tracking app Strava can assist stalkers; Facebook is irked about European regulators; a new Bluetooth vulnerability takes a new tack on attacks; and we look at some disturbing drive-by downloads that are coming from rogue Google ads. Show Notes: Strava and stalkers Facebook Says it Will Stop Operating in Europe If Regulators Don’t Back Down Shortly after we recorded, Facebook said they have "no desire" to pull out of Europe Facebook user statistics by country BLESA Bluetooth vulnerability Firefox Send has been discontinued How to Send Files Securely Websites asking you to allow downloads? Here’s the solution… Save Safari settings for websites you visit often Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout. Intego Antivirus for Windows keeps your Boot Camp, VM, or PC protected from the latest malware threats. Download a free trial now, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
9/24/202026 minutes, 12 seconds
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New, New, New from Apple!

Apple announced new Apple Watch models, updated iPads, a new fitness subscription service, and a subscription bundle, Apple One. While iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 were released this week, there's still no news on macOS. Josh and Kirk look at all the new stuff, and try to figure out what's best for most users. Show Notes: Apple Introduces New Apple Watch, iPad Air, and AppleOne Services Bundle Which iPad Is Best for You? Everything you can do with the Apple Pencil and Logitech Crayon on Your iPad Apple releases iOS 14, watchOS 7 and more with security updates Change Activity Goals on the Apple Watch in watchOS 7 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout. Intego Antivirus for Windows keeps your Boot Camp, VM, or PC protected from the latest malware threats. Download a free trial now, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
9/18/202031 minutes, 51 seconds
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What if Apple Built a Search Engine?

With Apple holding a new product event next week, we discuss recent speculation that Apple might be building a search engine. The discuss the implications of this, especially if Apple's own search engine replaced Google as the default search engine on macOS and iOS. Show Notes: Could an Apple VPN or search engine be launching soon? How to switch search engines on macOS and iOS (and why you should) About Applebot Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout. Intego Antivirus for Windows keeps your Boot Camp, VM, or PC protected from the latest malware threats. Download a free trial now, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
9/11/202031 minutes, 34 seconds
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Apple Authorized Mac Malware

iOS 13.7 is out, with support for COVID-19 exposure notifications. Apple's clever new privacy ad highlights the way people give up personal data. Criminals are using Ring doorbells to know when the cops are coming. And Apple approved, through their "notarization" system, dozens of malicious apps. Show Notes: iOS 13.7 Now Available With Support for Exposure Notifications Express Apple Shares Humorous Privacy-Focused iPhone Ad Where People Overshare Personal Info With Strangers Web browsing histories are private personal data - now what Doorbell Cameras Like Ring Give Early Warning Of Police Searches, FBI Warned The Confused Mailman: Sending SPF and DMARC passing mail as any Gmail or G Suite customer Stealing Local Files Using Safari Web Share API Apple notarizes dozens of Mac malware samples Notarizing macOS Software Before Distribution OSX/Shlayer: New Mac malware comes out of its shell Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout. Intego Antivirus for Windows keeps your Boot Camp, VM, or PC protected from the latest malware threats. Download a free trial now, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
9/4/202029 minutes
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A Six-Digit Passcode Isn’t Strong Enough

A Lightroom update has wiped user photos, and there's no way to get them back; malicious Chinese code in 1,200 iOS apps is collecting data and simulating clicks to make money; and a chilling story shows why a six-digit passcode isn't enough to protect your data on an iOS device. Show Notes: Lightroom App Update Wipes Users’ Photos and Presets, Adobe Says they are ‘Not Recoverable’ Malicious Chinese SDK In 1,200 iOS Apps With Billions Of Installs Causing ‘Major Privacy Concerns To Hundreds Of Millions Of Consumers’ “Meitu” Mobile App Has Privacy Risks Can Thieves Crack 6-Digit iPhone Passcodes? If Hackers Crack a Six-Digit iPhone Passcode, They Can Get All Your Passwords Twitter thread describing the passcode hack and its consequences How to ensure your Mac and iOS devices are secure How to Steal an iPhone’s Passcode (from up to 150 feet away!) Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout. Intego Antivirus for Windows keeps your Boot Camp, VM, or PC protected from the latest malware threats. Download a free trial now, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
8/28/202031 minutes, 56 seconds
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Back That Mac Up

New Mac malware targets the Xcode development environment, and Apple has know about it for more than a month, but didn't share the information with security specialists. Epic vs. Apple: who will win the Fortnite battle royale? And we discuss backing up your Mac using Time Machine, Intego Personal Backup, and using a NAS for backups and other file storage. Show Notes: What if Apple was forced to allow app sales outside of the iOS store? Epic used its playbook for Fortnite events against Apple and Google How Fortnite’s epic battle with Apple could reshape the antitrust fight Epic Games v. Apple - Wikipedia How to Back Up Your Mac’s Data with Time Machine How to back up your Mac to a NAS Intego Personal Backup Compared with Apple’s Time Machine Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout. Intego Antivirus for Windows keeps your Boot Camp, VM, or PC protected from the latest malware threats. Download a free trial now, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
8/21/202029 minutes, 55 seconds
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How to Send Files Securely, and Why You Shouldn’t Use Tor

Apple is planning on offering a bundle of services called Apple One, and we discuss how useful it might be. We mention new iOS and macOS updates, talk about the Have I Been Pwned website going open source, look into an Amazon Alexa abomination, and explain why Tor isn't as safe as you might have thought. We then take a look at the many ways you can send files securely to someone; and explain how sending files by email can be secure. Show Notes: Apple releases iOS 13.6.1 Apple releases macOS Catalina 10.15.6 Supplemental Update Accounting rules change could end iPod touch update fee Apple Readies ‘Apple One’ Subscription Bundles to Boost Services Have I Been Pwned is going open source (eventually) Malicious party hijacks 24% of Tor network Keeping the gate locked on your IoT devices: Vulnerabilities found on Amazon’s Alexa How to Send Files Securely Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout. Intego Antivirus for Windows keeps your Boot Camp, VM, or PC protected from the latest malware threats. Download a free trial now, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
8/14/202033 minutes, 55 seconds
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A New iMac, a Google Gotcha, and a Zoom Zinger

Apple updated the 27" iMac this week, and it may be the last new desktop Mac running Intel processors, but should you buy this one or wait for Apple's own chips? Google accidentally enabled some of its speakers to listen in on sounds in people's homes, and we update recent stories about Garmin getting hit by ransomware, and the Great Twitter Hack of 2020. Show Notes: New 27" iMac Garmin reportedly paid the $10 million ransom to obtain the decryption key 3 young men age 17–22 charged with July 15 Twitter hack Accused Twitter hacker’s first court appearance Zoombombed by Bitcoin pranksters Google accidentally enables Home smart speakers to listen in to everyday house sounds A Day Without Business iOS 14 adds domain-bound codes to make SMS one-time passcodes more secure New ‘unpatchable’ exploit allegedly found on Apple’s Secure Enclave chip, here’s what it could mean Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout. Intego Antivirus for Windows keeps your Boot Camp, VM, or PC protected from the latest malware threats. Download a free trial now, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
8/7/202029 minutes, 33 seconds
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How computer security is depicted in movies

We talk about an update on the Great Twitter Hack of 2020, discuss a ransomware attack on Garmin that shut down the company's services, and even its assembly lines, and warn listeners about some Netgear devices that have vulnerabilities and can't be updated. We then discuss the often ridiculous way hacking is portrayed in movies and TV. Show Notes: More than 1,000 people at Twitter had ability to aid hack of accounts Garmin services and production go down after ransomware attack Garmin staggers back online after ransomware attack If you own one of these 45 Netgear devices, replace it: Kit maker won't patch vulnerable gear despite live proof-of-concept code Surprise! Fujitsu Releases 64-Bit ScanSnap Manager for Older Scanners How computer security is depicted in movies Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout. Intego Antivirus for Windows keeps your Boot Camp, VM, or PC protected from the latest malware threats. Download a free trial now, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
7/31/202032 minutes, 4 seconds
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Are smart locks really that smart?

We follow up on the great Twitter hack of 2020, we discuss how a Cloudflare outage brought down many major websites, and Kirk tells a story of a suspicious email from his local government. We then examine whether smart locks are really safe. Show Notes: Cloudflare had a (non-security) outage IsItDownRightNow? Hackers Tell the Story of the Twitter Attack From the Inside Twitter Hacking for Profit and the LoLs Zoom to Sell 27-Inch Dedicated Appliance for $600 Are smart locks really that smart? Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout. Intego Antivirus for Windows keeps your Boot Camp, VM, or PC protected from the latest malware threats. Download a free trial now, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
7/24/202031 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Great Twitter Hack of 2020

Apple issues another round of updates, hackers target organizations involved in coronavirus vaccine development, and there was a big Twitter hack where CEOs and politicians had their accounts compromised. Tweets were posted for a cryptocurrency scam, but were there other reasons for the hack? Show Notes: Apple releases macOS Catalina 10.15.6, iOS 13.6, and more UK and allies expose Russian attacks on coronavirus vaccine development Hackers Convinced Twitter Employee to Help Them Hijack Accounts Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout. Intego Antivirus for Windows keeps your Boot Camp, VM, or PC protected from the latest malware threats. Download a free trial now, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
7/17/202030 minutes, 52 seconds
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An actual Mac virus, and 1 in 142 passwords is "123456"

While there is plenty of malware that affects the Mac, actual viruses are rare; but new malware has been found that does meet that description. We talk about how 1 in 142 passwords is "123456," and we have a special announcement about new Intego software. Show Notes: Announcing Intego Antivirus for Windows Download a FREE trial of Intego Antivirus for Windows Buy Intego Antivirus for Windows at a Special Discount Update on EvilQuest (ThiefQuest) EvilQuest file decryptor - free utility Reddit to Release Fix for iOS App to Remove Clipboard Copying Behavior LinkedIn Says iOS App Reading Clipboard With Every Keystroke is a Bug, Fix Coming Intel Announces Thunderbolt 4 for PC's and Macs this Fall Supporting Two 4K Displays or one 8K Display for Pros Apple promises to support Thunderbolt on its new ARM Macs One out of every 142 passwords is '123456' Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout. Intego Antivirus for Windows keeps your Boot Camp, VM, or PC protected from the latest malware threats. Download a free trial now, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.
7/10/202031 minutes, 20 seconds
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New Mac Ransomware-wiper-spyware ThiefQuest discovered

New malware targeting the Mac was discovered this week; it's a hybrid ransomware-wiper-spyware, but you don't need to worry if you don't download pirated software. We also discuss how a journalist's iPhone was hacked by him visiting a website, look at issues with the TikTok app on iOS, and look at how Google is now auto-deleting new user history after 18 months. Show Notes: Journalist’s phone hacked by new ‘invisible’ technique: All he had to do was visit one website. Any website. Safari 14 Doesn’t Block Google Analytics Google to Auto-Delete User History After 18 Months How to Manage Gmail and Google Security and Privacy Settings TikTok to stop reading user clipboards after being exposed by iOS 14 privacy feature Warning—Apple Suddenly Catches TikTok Secretly Spying On Millions Of iPhone Users Twitter thread showing the type of data collected by TikTok New Mac ransomware-spyware ThiefQuest in the wild Understanding Blockchain and Cryptocurrency OSX.EvilQuest Uncovered ThiefQuest ransomware is a file-stealing Mac wiper in disguise New Mac Ransomware Is Even More Sinister Than It Appears Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout.
7/3/202027 minutes, 19 seconds
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What’s Coming in macOS Big Sur and iOS 14

This week, Apple announced the new features for its coming operating system updates: macOS Big Sur, and iOS 14. They also announced a big change to Mac hardware. Josh and Kirk discuss the changes coming, and take a close look at security and privacy features in these operating systems. Show Notes: Apple’s New Plans for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac Unveiled at WWDC 2020 Universal App Quick Start Program (developers only) Apple's transition from PowerPC to Intel processors (Wikipedia) macOS 11 and iOS 14 – New security and privacy features Switch default apps on iPhone or iPad for better security and privacy Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout.
6/26/202034 minutes
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We Can’t Be Safe without a Faraday Cage

Intego has discovered new malware that propagates through poisoned Google search results. Zoom does a couple more u-turns. An App Store controversy is causing people to question Apple's policies. And spies can eavesdrop by watching the variations in light bulbs. Show Notes: Serious Cryptography - A Practical Introduction to Modern Encryption by Jean-Philippe Aumasson Applied Cryptography: Protocols, Algorithms and Source Code in C by Bruce Schneier Cryptography: A Very Short Introduction, by Fred Piper and Sean Murphy ROT13 Zoom does 180 on encryption plans, will bring it to all users including free accounts in July Improving Our Policies as We Continue to Enable Global Collaboration Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations Basecamp’s New App, Hey, Flagged In App Store Limbo For Not Using In-app Purchase The Pros and Cons of Apple’s iOS App Store New Mac malware reveals Google searches can be unsafe VirusTotal Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout.
6/19/202032 minutes, 48 seconds
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What Could Apple Switching to ARM Processors on Macs Mean for You?

Apple has been making its own chips for iOS devices for a while now, and it seems likely that the company will announce a move to the same ARM-based processors for Macs at the coming WorldWide Developer Conference. We discuss how Apple has changed processor architecture twice in the past, and cover some news about Dropbox, Zoom, the Brave web browser, and smart home devices. Show Notes: Smart appliances may not be worth money in long run, warns Which? Dropbox password manager uses zero-knowledge encryption SQRL Apple releases new open source ‘Password Manager Resources’ project for developers Daring Fireball: 'What It’s Like to Get Doxed for Taking a Bike Ride' Privacy browser Brave busted for autocompleting URLs to versions it profits from Zoom closed account of U.S.-based Chinese activist “to comply with local law” Apple Plans to Announce Move to Its Own Mac Chips at WWDC ARM architecture Meltdown and Spectre: What Apple users need to know New iMac With 'iPad Pro Design Language' and Thin Bezels Reportedly Coming at WWDC Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout.
6/12/202033 minutes, 44 seconds
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Polymorphic Viruses

We begin by learning how Josh got interesting in computer security. We then discuss Apple patches and flaws, end-to-end encryption, coronavirus scams, a Google lawsuit, and a photo that can crash Android phones. Show Notes: Computer Viruses, Artificial Life and Evolution by Mark Ludwig Zero-day in Sign in with Apple Turn off Face ID on your iPhone BBC World Service Director calls for trusted news access to chat apps Zoom’s Pledge to Work with Law Enforcement Spurs Online Blowback NHS contact tracing undermined by hackers sending fraudulent warnings to public NHS Contact Tracing website Google faces $5 billion lawsuit in U.S. for tracking 'private' internet use Android: Why this photo is bricking some phones Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout.
6/5/202032 minutes, 45 seconds
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Apple operating system updates, iPhone & iPad storage, and shooting video on an iPhone

Apple updated all its operating systems again this week, but a jailbreak vulnerability was found quickly. We discuss the new contact tracing feature in iOS, how to free up storage on an iOS device, and give some tips on shooting video on an iPhone. Show Notes: You’re saying it wrong: How to say oft-mispronounced tech terms Jailbreak Tool 'unc0ver' 5.0 Released With iOS 13.5 Compatibility The FBI is mad because it keeps getting into locked iPhones without Apple’s help YubiKey Free up space on your iPhone or iPad by offloading apps How to Shoot Video with an iPhone Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout.
5/29/202034 minutes
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Tips for using your Mac, iPad, and Apple Watch

We look at some practical tips for getting more out of your Mac, iPad, and Apple Watch. We take a close look at System Preferences, discuss using the iPad as a second screen for your Mac; and a handful of tips for making the Apple Watch more efficient. Also, Josh and Kirk disagree about Microsoft's choice to flag two spaces after a period in Word as an error. Show Notes: Microsoft Word now flags double spaces as errors, ending the great space debate History of sentence spacing Techniques for data hiding (1996) Microsoft now blocks reply-all email storms to end our inbox nightmares Get to Know Your Mac's System Preferences Use Your iPad as Your Mac’s Second Screen with Sidecar Apple Watch Tips: 8 Things You Didn’t Know It Could Do Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout.
5/22/202034 minutes, 52 seconds
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iCloud, Thunderbolt, WWDC, and North Korean Malware

The date for this year's WWDC has been set (June 22). Many users don't know that the government can access some of your iCloud data (with a warrant). We look at a new Thunderbolt vulnerability that affects Macs made since 2011 (but you don't need to worry). And we discuss contact tracing apps and new North Korean malware. Show Notes: Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2020 kicks off in June with an all-new online format FBI serves warrant on senator in investigation of stock sales linked to coronavirus Legal Process Guidelines - Government & Law Enforcement within the United States Apple and Google privacy rules hamper COVID-19 tracking North Korean Lazarus group implants malware in 2FA app Two-factor authentication apps for iOS Thunderbolt security flaws found, affect 2011-2020 Macs Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout.
5/15/202029 minutes, 58 seconds
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It’s World Password Day; Why do we still use passwords?

Passwords are easy to implement, but keeping them secure is not that simple. On World Password Day, Josh and Kirk discuss how passwords might be replaced by other means of authentication. And they discuss the UK's covid-19 contact tracing app which raises privacy concerns, a Facebook bug that caused lots of apps to fail, why you should always check that auto-completed email address, and more. Show Notes: UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal Facebook fixes bug that crashed major iOS apps like TikTok, Spotify, and Tinder Justice Dept. scrutinizes White House-connected doctor linked to disputed coronavirus treatment Manage Your Previous Recipients in Apple’s Mail Psychic Paper Zoom Admins Can Now Disable PMIs; Additional Security Updates for Basic Accounts Coming May 9 Zoom Acquires Keybase and Announces Goal of Developing the Most Broadly Used Enterprise End-to-End Encryption Offering The History of Clarus the Dogcow Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout.
5/8/202030 minutes, 32 seconds
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Don’t Share Your Apple ID (so a Friend Can Watch Apple TV+)

Getting a text message on an iOS device can crash your iPhone or iPad; but it can't do any more harm than that. Apple has released a beta version of iOS with its coronavirus notification API, but Americans don't trust tech companies. And we talk about Apple TV+, and how you should never share your Apple ID so friends can watch shows with your account. Show Notes: A viral text string with an Italian flag and Sindhi characters will crash your iPhone Apple Finds No Evidence Hackers Exploited IPhone, IPad Mail Flaw Apple releases iOS 13.5 beta with first version of its COVID-19 exposure notification API Americans are wary of the coronavirus tracking apps being produced by big tech Financial Times reporter accessed private calls at Independent and Evening Standard Zoom admits it doesn’t have 300 million users, corrects misleading claims Apple TV+ faces coronavirus crunch as Disney+ moves theatrical releases Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout.
5/1/202031 minutes, 2 seconds
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Zero Day, Compromised Ad Servers, and the New iPad Magic Keyboard

Every day is zero day in the security world. Researchers have found some serious vulnerabilities in iOS that affect the Mail app, and a fix is coming. Compromised ad servers allow cybercriminals to serve malware on respected websites. And we discuss the new Magic Keyboard for iPad, which turns the iPad into a new computing device. Show Notes: Researchers Say They Caught an iPhone Zero-Day Hack in the Wild You’ve Got (0-click) Mail! Zoom’s Security Woes Were No Secret to Business Partners Like Dropbox Zoom Hits Milestone on 90-Day Security Plan, Releases Zoom 5.0 Comment: Why hasn’t Apple released a dedicated app for iCloud Keychain? Mac and iOS Keychain Tutorial: How Apple’s iCloud Keychain Works Hackers have breached 60 ad servers to load their own malicious ads Ad-Blockers: The Good, the Bad, the Ethics The Magic Keyboard Turns the iPad into a New Computing Device Everything you can do with the Apple Pencil Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout.
4/24/202032 minutes, 11 seconds
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Contact Tracing, Phishing, and a New iPhone

Apple has announced a new iPhone SE, a low-priced phone that's really the iPhone for everyone. Google and Apple are working on a contract tracing app, to help stem the spread of the coronavirus. And Apple users are among those most targeted by phishing. And we inaugurate our new segment, Zoom Zinger, where we highlight security and privacy issues with the Zoom videoconferencing software. (Sorry about the audio; Josh's recording software crashed, and we had to fall back on our backup Skype recording.) Show Notes: iPhone SE Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro Apple and Google Partner for Privacy-Preserving COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Notification Apple responds to the U.S. government re: COVID-19 tracking app Protecting Lives & Liberty: How Contact Tracing Can Foil COVID-19 & Big Brother (comic) Over 500,000 Zoom accounts sold on the Dark Web Apple is Most Imitated Brand for Phishing in Q1 2020 Cleaning your iPhone Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST20 at checkout.
4/17/202028 minutes, 18 seconds
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How Not to Get Phone Scammed

A good friend of Kirk's, a very tech savvy guy, got scammed on the phone by someone pretending to be from his bank. We discuss how this happened, and all the red flags you need to be aware of. We also discuss how Apple is helping health care workers, and we look at the latest Zoom security and privacy issues. Show Notes: Tim Cook's tweet about masks and face shields Apple face shield instructions Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent 'misleading data' being shown to pilots Facebook Wanted NSO Spyware to Monitor Users, NSO CEO Claims iOS Vulnerability Prevents VPNs From Encrypting All Traffic New attack on home routers sends users to spoofed sites that push malware ‘War Dialing’ Tool Exposes Zoom’s Password Problems Thousands of Zoom video calls have been exposed online, highlighting the privacy risks Move Fast & Roll Your Own Crypto: A Quick Look at the Confidentiality of Zoom Meetings Security and Privacy Implications of Zoom How I lost control of our bank accounts to a phone scammer TEXT Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
4/10/202037 minutes, 2 seconds
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Zoom Is a Security and Privacy Nightmare (Zoomenfreude)

Lots of people have turned to Zoom to stay in touch with friends and family, and to work from home, but this software has had a huge number of security issues. We discuss these and how this trend shows poor attention to security and privacy in this software. Show Notes: Episode 92: Zoom Zero-Day, and Unmasking Mac Malware Makers Apple pushed a silent MRT update to remove hidden Zoom web server “Zoom Stock” Confusion Causes Investors to Put Stock in Wrong Company Zoom iOS App Sends Data to Facebook Even if You Don’t Have a Facebook Account Zoom Updates iOS App to Stop Sending Data to Facebook Zoom Removes Code That Sends Data to Facebook Zoom Meetings Do Not Support End-to-End Encryption Zoom is Leaking Peoples' Email Addresses and Photos to Strangers Intruders are hijacking Zoom calls with noise and gross images — here’s how to avoid becoming a victim of ‘zoombombing’ The 'S' in Zoom, Stands for Security: uncovering (local) security flaws in Zoom's latest macOS client Ex-NSA hacker drops new zero-day doom for Zoom Ex-NSA hacker finds new Zoom flaws to takeover Macs again, including webcam, mic, and root access Zoom announces 90-day feature freeze to fix privacy and security issues A Message to Our Users Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
4/3/202031 minutes, 22 seconds
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Medical ID, Apple Updates, Intel Vulnerabilities, and More

Josh and Kirk discuss how to set up a medical ID on an iPhone and Apple Watch, we cover this week's Apple updates, we look at a new Intel CPU bug, and more. Show Notes: How to Set Up Medical ID on Your iPhone and Apple Watch Cybercriminals are preying on coronavirus fears Safari will now block third-party cookies by default, delete a site's local storage after seven days How to Manage and Remove Browser Cookies on Mac and iOS Legacy System Extension Message Deprecated Kernel Extensions and System Extension Alternatives Firefox Browser releases 'Facebook Container' for those who like it but don't trust it Intel CSME bug is worse than previously thought Apple T2 Security Chip Security Overview Popular VPN And Ad-Blocking Apps Are Secretly Harvesting User Data Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
3/27/202032 minutes, 35 seconds
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How to Adapt to Working From Home

Many people are required to work from home for the foreseeable future, so Josh and Kirk have decided to give some tips about working from home, something they both do. Show Notes: Objective by the Sea Take Control of Working from Home Temporarily Dyson air purifier Netatmo weather station Is Conference Room Air Making You Dumber? Pomodoro Technique (Wikipedia) MultiTimer (iOS and Apple Watch) Episode 92: Zoom Zero-Day, and Unmasking Mac Malware Makers Episode 15: What's a VPN, and Why Should You Use One? The Next Track Grammar Girl Cats and Dominos Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
3/20/202031 minutes, 38 seconds
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The History of Apple Malware, with Guest John McAfee

Malware has affected Apple computers since even before the release of the Macintosh. In fact, the very first computer virus that spread in the wild affected the Apple II. We discus the history of Apple malware, and we talk with John McAfee, creator of the first commercial antivirus, about how he created the software. Show Notes: Key Moments in the History of Mac Malware John McAfee Elk Cloner Apple DOS (Wikipedia) nVIR (Wikipedia) John McAfee (Wikipedia) HyperCard A Silly Noisy House Disinfectant Frequently asked questions about Word macro viruses Mac OS X (Wikipedia) Renepo/Opener Leap.A / Oompa-Loompa WireLurker Malware Infects Macs, Attacks Non-Jailbroken iPhones How Flashback Malware Infects Macs MAC Defender Fake Antivirus Program Targets Mac Users OSX/Shlayer: New Mac malware comes out of its shell Episode 28: Beware of Trustjacking (discussion of Shlayer) OSX/Linker: New Mac malware attempts zero-day Gatekeeper bypass Episode 88: Flash, Incognito Mode, Porn, and a Malware Extravaganza (discussion of Linker) OSX/CrescentCore: Mac malware designed to evade antivirus Episode 89: New Mac Malware, Apple Public Betas, and More (discussion of CrescentCore) Objective by the Sea v3.0 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
3/13/202033 minutes, 11 seconds
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RSA Conference 2020 Highlights

Josh attended this year's RSA Conference, one of the big meet-ups about computer security, and discusses what he learned there. We also cover news about smart speakers listening to your conversations (again), a copy/paste issue that Apple says isn't a big deal, and a new limitation by Safari for HTTPS certificates, that will affect some websites. Show Notes: Your smart speaker could be listening in on your conversations by accident Mister Mxyzptlk (Wikipedia) Apple drops a bomb on long-life HTTPS certificates: Safari to snub new security certs valid for more than 13 months Precise Location Information Leaking Through System Pasteboard How to remove GPS location data from photos on iPhone or Mac RSA Conference 2020 Speakers and panels Videos Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
3/6/202034 minutes, 50 seconds
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10 Things You Shouldn’t Do on Your Work Computer or Phone

Your work computer or phone doesn't belong to you, and you should be careful about what you do on these devices. Your employer can track you and all your activity, and record what you do, and even, perhaps, what you type. Show Notes: RSA Conference 2020 10 Things You Shouldn’t Do on Your Work Computer (or Phone) O.MG Cable Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
2/28/202034 minutes, 5 seconds
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Switching Default Apps on the iPhone and iPad

Your iPhone or iPad comes with 36 default apps, including Mail, Safari, and Messages. You may want to use other apps for email, for browsing, and for messaging, in part to enhance your security and privacy. While you can't set other apps to replace the defaults, as you can on macOS, you can switch. We explain how. Show Notes: Apple Weighs Letting Users Switch Default iPhone Apps to Rivals Switch Some Default Apps on Your iPhone or iPad for Increased Security and Privacy Apple’s Default iPhone Apps Give It Growing Edge Over App Store Rivals Is Safari the most private browser for iPhone and iPad? Lynx web browser Tutanota Threema Signal Telegram Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
2/21/202026 minutes, 45 seconds
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Understanding Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

A child spends a fortune on in-app purchases, the CIA has been running a fake company providing encryption services, and beware of public lockers. We then take a deep dive into blockchain technology and cryptocurrency; if you've been wondering what Bitcoin is, we explain (almost) everything. Show Notes: 8-year-old spends $1,875 on Roblox in-app purchases by adding her fingerprint to TouchID Beware of public lockers The intelligence coup of the century Cryptocurrency 101 – Part 1: Blockchain and basic concepts Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
2/14/202032 minutes, 21 seconds
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How Security Analysts Work

We explain how to delete "off-Facebook activity," discuss a Google Photos data leak, a Twitter phone number issue, and a man who created a traffic jam with a wagon full of smartphones. We then explain how security analysts work, discussing a developer who wanted to know why his Wacom drawing tablet had a privacy policy, and worked out what data the device was sending to a server. Show Notes: How to View and Edit Your Off-Facebook Activity Episode 31: Delete Your Social Media History (discussion of EFAIL) Google Admits Some Private Videos in Google Photos Were Sent to Strangers An Incident Impacting your Account Identity WhatsApp on Mac: update to stop attackers accessing files This Man Created Traffic Jams on Google Maps Using a Red Wagon Full of Phones Wacom drawing tablets track the name of every application that you open What type of data does Amazon collect from Kindles? Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
2/7/202034 minutes, 1 second
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If It’s Free, You’re the Product

Apple updates everything, the Ring doorbell has trackers in its app, and the Shlayer malware has infected lots of Macs. We then discussed a number of issues where free services you use monetize data collected about you and your activities. Show Notes: Apple releases macOS Catalina 10.15.3, iOS 13.3.1, and more Apple Security Updates Ring Doorbell App Packed with Third-Party Trackers Leaked Documents Expose the Secretive Market for Your Web Browsing Data VirusBarrier Scanner Facebook agrees to pay $550 million to end facial recognition tech lawsuit Adobe Flash Player is dead, yet 10% of Macs infected with fake Flash malware Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
1/31/202031 minutes, 28 seconds
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iPhones Hacked and Cracked

The world's richest man's iPhone was hacked when he clicked on a video in WhatsApp. Police and the FBI are cracking iPhones to get evidence. Should we worry? Tom Cruise would know what to do. Show Notes: Apple Reportedly Dropped Plans for End-to-End Encrypted iCloud Backups After FBI Objected iCloud security overview 2016 WSJ Story on Apple's Plans for E2E Encryption for iCloud Data iforgot.apple.com Reminder that SMS 2FA is better than no 2FA at all Apple Likely to Drop Adobe Flash Support in Next Version of Safari Police officer in Brazil shows off entire facade ATM skimmer Sonos Makes It Clear: You No Longer Own The Things You Buy The Next Track podcast How Jeff Bezos’ iPhone X Was Hacked Amazon boss Jeff Bezos's phone 'hacked by Saudi crown prince' Analysis of the Evidence of Surveillance of Mr. Bezos’ personal phone Inside the $10 million cyber lab trying to break Apple’s iPhone House Democrats Used Cellebrite to Publish Lev Parnas iPhone Messages FBI Took Two Months to Crack Lev Parnas’s IPhone 11, U.S. Says Police Scotland confirms roll-out of cyber kiosk technology Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
1/24/202029 minutes, 48 seconds
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Your Photos Can Tell People Where You Live

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 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
1/17/202032 minutes
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The Year in Apple Security 2019

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? Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
1/10/202034 minutes, 52 seconds
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9 Security and Privacy Settings to Activate on Your New iPhone or iPad

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 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
1/3/202030 minutes, 22 seconds
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8 Steps to Ensure the Security and Privacy of Your New Mac

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 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
12/27/201930 minutes, 44 seconds
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Apple HomeKit and the Smart Home

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 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
12/20/201936 minutes, 8 seconds
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Mac Pro costs the same as Tesla Cybertruck

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 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
12/13/201929 minutes, 1 second
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Twitter Trickery, Charging Insecurity, Cryptocurrency Malware, and More

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 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
12/6/201936 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Chain of Trust

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.
11/29/201933 minutes, 20 seconds
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Black Friday Safe Shopping Advice

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.
11/22/201929 minutes, 51 seconds
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Vice President of Integrity

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? Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
11/15/201932 minutes, 47 seconds
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iPad vs. MacBook: is iPadOS a game changer?

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? Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
11/8/201934 minutes, 10 seconds
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admin / admin

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.
11/1/201935 minutes, 43 seconds
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Depending on Your Threat Model...

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 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
10/25/201938 minutes, 48 seconds
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Developing a Security Mindset

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 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
10/18/201940 minutes, 45 seconds
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Getting Ready for Catalina

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 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
10/11/201933 minutes, 32 seconds
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Updates, Legit-Looking Lightning Cables, Malspam, and Touch ID

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 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
10/4/201933 minutes, 20 seconds
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iOS Updates, New Amazon Hardware, an Apple Security Advisory, and New Apple Gear

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 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
9/27/201937 minutes, 11 seconds
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New Features in iOS, Smart TVs Spying on You, and More

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 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
9/20/201935 minutes
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Apple's New iPhone, and More

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 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
9/13/201936 minutes, 5 seconds
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Twitter and Deepfakes

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 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
9/6/201939 minutes, 39 seconds
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Everyone Is Listening!

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 out The Many Possibilities of CVE-2019-8646 Apple apologises for allowing workers to listen to Siri recordings Microsoft Contractors Listened to Xbox Owners in Their Homes Doorbell-camera firm Ring has partnered with 400 police forces, extending surveillance reach Clickjacking scripts found on 613 popular sites You Can Finally See All Of The Info Facebook Collected About You From Other Websites Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
8/30/201933 minutes, 19 seconds
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Do Macs need an antivirus?

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? Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
8/23/201936 minutes, 7 seconds
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Hacker Conventions

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 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
8/16/201935 minutes, 21 seconds
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Who’s Listening to Your Private Conversations?

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 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
8/9/201931 minutes, 26 seconds
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Preparing for macOS Catalina

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) Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
8/2/201931 minutes, 20 seconds
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Hacking humans: How to avoid social engineering scams

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 Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
7/26/201936 minutes, 10 seconds
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Zoom Zero-Day, and Unmasking Mac Malware Makers

An app named Zoom may sound like a good thing, but this app opened the Macs of users who had it installed - including Kirk - to a serious security vulnerability. This led Apple to take the rare action of pushing out a silent security update to Macs. And Josh tells us all about how you find out who creates malware. Zoom Zero Day: 4+ Million Webcams & maybe an RCE? Just get them to visit your website! Apple has pushed a silent Mac update to remove hidden Zoom web server SilentKnight Apple disables Walkie Talkie app due to vulnerability that could allow iPhone eavesdropping Josh’s talk from Objective by the Sea v2.0: White Paper Slides PDF Brief video with excerpts from the talk Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
7/19/201934 minutes, 3 seconds
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Browser Fingerprinting, Hyper-Threading, Firefox, VPN, and More

We discuss a number of issues in the news, such as a 17-year old Firefox vulnerability, the threat to end-to-end encryption, and whether Apple should offer a VPN. We also answer listening questions about browser fingerprinting - what is it? we explain - and turning off hyper-threading (we explain that too). AmIUnique Episode 83: Epic disasters: ZombieLoad, WhatsApp, Google 2FA Keys, and Microsoft RDP CPUSetter U.S. officials consider end-to-end encryption crackdown 17-Year-Old Weakness in Firefox Let HTML File Steal Other Files From Device Here’s the next big step Apple should take to protect our privacy Episode 57: The Advantages of Using a VPN, with CyberGhost Amazon confirms Alexa customer voice recordings are kept forever Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
7/12/201932 minutes, 9 seconds
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Browser Wars: Which Web Browser Is Best for Privacy?

Everyone uses a web browser, on their Mac and their iOS device. But there are many web browsers, and some are better designed to protect your privacy. We take a deep dive into web browsers and discuss the pros and cons of Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and a number of alternatives. Safari, Chrome, Firefox: Which is the most private browser for Mac? (https://www.intego.com/mac-security-blog/safari-chrome-firefox-which-is-the-most-private-browser-for-mac/) — Intego's comparison of macOS browsers Is Safari the most private browser for iPhone and iPad? (https://www.intego.com/mac-security-blog/is-safari-the-most-private-browser-for-iphone-and-ipad/) — Intego's comparison of iOS browsers Goodbye, Chrome: Google’s web browser has become spy software (https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/06/21/google-chrome-has-become-surveillance-software-its-time-switch/) Breezometer (https://breezometer.com) The Waste Land (https://apps.apple.com/app/the-waste-land/id427434046) Google Chrome (https://www.google.com/chrome/) Mozilla Firefox (https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/) Firefox Focus (https://apps.apple.com/app/firefox-focus-privacy-browser/id1055677337) Chrome Canary (https://www.google.com/chrome/canary/) Brave (https://brave.com) Opera (https://www.opera.com) Opera Touch (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/opera-touch-web-browser/id1411869974) Waterfox (https://www.waterfox.net) Puffin (https://www.puffin.com) Microsoft Edge (https://www.microsoftedgeinsider.com/en-us/) Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
7/5/201935 minutes, 27 seconds
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New Mac Malware, Apple Public Betas, and More

There's been a lot of Mac malware appearing lately, and Intego has been discovering many serious new threats. We look at some of these malware, discuss an interesting new OneDrive feature, then talk about installing and using Apple's public betas for macOS, iOS, iPadOS, tvOS, and watchOS. Paprika Recipe Manager (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/paprika-recipe-manager-3/id1303222628?mt=12) OSX/NewTab (and other new Mac malware) OSX/CrescentCore (was originally named OSX/Adspartam) Tweet showing a postal phishing letter (https://twitter.com/MatKendrick/status/1143970477880295424) Microsoft’s new OneDrive Personal Vault protects a folder with 2FA (https://www.theverge.com/2019/6/25/18744045/microsoft-onedrive-personal-fault-secure-folder-storage-2fa) Installing macOS on a separate APFS volume (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208891) No, Apple isn’t killing off iTunes Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
6/28/201928 minutes, 43 seconds
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Flash, Incognito Mode, Porn, and a Malware Extravaganza

This week, as we are at Midsummer's Day, we look at the final nail in Adobe Flash's coffin, a new Chrome incognito mode feature, the UK's porn block, and a bunch of new malware. Google Chrome 76 beta makes it harder to use Flash, easier to dodge paywalls (https://www.theverge.com/2019/6/13/18678388/google-chrome-76-beta-dark-mode-incognito-flash-paywall) homestarrunner.com (http://homestarrunner.com) Apple restricts online Apple Store access to newer versions of Safari and macOS (https://appleinsider.com/articles/19/06/14/apple-restricts-online-apple-store-access-to-newer-versions-of-safari-and-macos) Josh misstated the NetMarketshare statistics (https://netmarketshare.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?options=%7B%22filter%22%3A%7B%22%24and%22%3A%5B%7B%22deviceType%22%3A%7B%22%24in%22%3A%5B%22Desktop%2Flaptop%22%5D%7D%7D%5D%7D%2C%22dateLabel%22%3A%22Trend%22%2C%22attributes%22%3A%22share%22%2C%22group%22%3A%22platformVersion%22%2C%22sort%22%3A%7B%22share%22%3A-1%7D%2C%22id%22%3A%22platformsDesktopVersions%22%2C%22dateInterval%22%3A%22Monthly%22%2C%22dateStart%22%3A%222018-06%22%2C%22dateEnd%22%3A%222019-05%22%2C%22segments%22%3A%22-1000%22%7D). By default, they show the market share over the course of a year, so given that macOS Mojave hasn't yet been out a year, the results are skewed. With updated statistics - from April to May of this year (https://netmarketshare.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?options=%7B%22filter%22%3A%7B%22%24and%22%3A%5B%7B%22deviceType%22%3A%7B%22%24in%22%3A%5B%22Desktop%2Flaptop%22%5D%7D%7D%5D%7D%2C%22dateLabel%22%3A%22Custom%22%2C%22attributes%22%3A%22share%22%2C%22group%22%3A%22platformVersion%22%2C%22sort%22%3A%7B%22share%22%3A-1%7D%2C%22id%22%3A%22platformsDesktopVersions%22%2C%22dateInterval%22%3A%22Monthly%22%2C%22dateStart%22%3A%222019-04%22%2C%22dateEnd%22%3A%222019-05%22%2C%22segments%22%3A%22-1000%22%7D) - macOS 10.14 usage is 250% of that of macOS 10.13. Cellebrite Now Says It Can Unlock Any iPhone for Cops (https://www.wired.com/story/cellebrite-ufed-ios-12-iphone-hack-android/) Forbes: UK Porn Block Is Just The Privacy Risk You'd Expect (http://www.forbes.com/sites/emmawoollacott/2019/06/14/uk-porn-block-is-just-the-privacy-risk-youd-expect/) In-the-wild security vulnerability fixed in Firefox 67.0.3 & Firefox ESR 60.7.1 (https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/advisories/mfsa2019-18/) OSX/Linker malware found in the wild exploiting recently exposed zero-day Mac vulnerability LoudMiner, aka Bird Miner: Cross-platform cryptocurrency mining malware in cracked VST software Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
6/21/201936 minutes, 36 seconds
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Privacy Policies Can Be as Complicated as Kant's Critique of Pure Reason

We discuss running iOS and macOS betas, the new iPod touch, Firefox's coming subscription service, Safari auto-submitting user names and passwords, and how some companies' private policies can be as complicated as Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. iPod touch (https://www.apple.com/ipod-touch/) Mozilla says paid subscription service is coming to Firefox (https://www.theverge.com/2019/6/10/18660344/firefox-subscription-paid-service-vpn-cloud-storage-release-date) Episode 57: The Advantages of Using a VPN We Read 150 Privacy Policies. They Were an Incomprehensible Disaster (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/06/12/opinion/facebook-google-privacy-policies.html) Safari Auto-Submitting AutoFilled Passwords (https://mjtsai.com/blog/2019/04/17/safari-auto-submitting-autofilled-passwords/) Everyone hates passwords. Good news: They’re about to die (https://www.fastcompany.com/90344117/everyone-hates-passwords-good-news-theyre-about-to-die) Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
6/14/201934 minutes, 28 seconds
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New Security and Privacy Features in macOS Catalina and iOS 13

Apple announced their new operating systems early this week, and we take a close look at the many interesting and useful new security privacy features that will soon be available on your Mac and iOS devices. Trypophobia (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trypophobia) Why some people are freaking out over Apple’s new Mac Pro (https://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/2019/06/why-some-people-are-freaking-out-over-apples-new-mac-pro.html) New Security and Privacy Features in macOS Catalina and iOS 13 Three Key Points about Apple’s WWDC Announcements Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at intego.com. First-time buyers can save 40% by using coupon code PODCAST19 at checkout.
6/7/201934 minutes, 49 seconds
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Deep Dive: Software Updates on Mac and iOS

It's essential that you update your software, both to have improved features, squashed bugs, and security fixes. But should you update your software automatically, or should you wait? How can you best manage software updates on the Mac and on iOS? What every Apple user should know about software updates VirusBarrier Scanner (Mac App Store) Sparkle (https://sparkle-project.org) Safari Technology Preview (https://developer.apple.com/safari/technology-preview/) 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.
5/31/201927 minutes, 44 seconds
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Oh, Google...

We've called out Facebook many times recently for their security issues, and now it's time to look at a couple of problems with Google. We also discuss the Huawei situation, and how it may affect Apple, and more. Google stored some passwords in plain text for fourteen years (https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/21/18634842/google-passwords-plain-text-g-suite-fourteen-years) Google has been tracking nearly everything you buy online—see for yourself with this tool (https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/17/18629789/google-purchase-history-gmail-email-receipts) G Suite (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G_Suite) G Suite security and trust (https://gsuite.google.co.uk/intl/en_uk/security/?secure-by-design_activeEl=data-centers) Google pulls Huawei’s Android license, forcing it to use open source version (https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/19/18631558/google-huawei-android-suspension) Apple’s China Business Faces Another Blow From Trump’s Huawei Ban (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-22/apple-s-china-business-faces-another-blow-from-trump-huawei-ban) In Price and Value, Chinese Phone Makers Outpace Apple in Much of the World (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/04/technology/china-smartphones-iphone.html) Bloomberg **** the Bed Again on Cybersecurity (https://daringfireball.net/2019/05/bloomberg_shits_the_bed_again_on_cybersecurity) ROT13 (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ROT13) Apple is trying to make web ads truly private (https://www.engadget.com/2019/05/22/apple-privacy-protecting-web-ads/) Privacy Preserving Ad Click Attribution For the Web (https://webkit.org/blog/8943/privacy-preserving-ad-click-attribution-for-the-web/) Get 50% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
5/24/201934 minutes, 8 seconds
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Epic disasters: ZombieLoad, WhatsApp, Google 2FA Keys, and Microsoft RDP

It's been a busy week for security vulnerabilities. ZombieLoad affects all recent Intel processors, and Apple has issued a fix for it. A serious WhatsApp vulnerability made the evening news because it was so dangerous. And Google and Microsoft had a few issues as well. WhatsApp exploit let attackers install government-grade spyware on phones (https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/13/whatsapp-exploit-let-attackers-install-government-grade-spyware-on-phones/) Facebook's brief explanation of the WhatsApp vulnerability (https://www.facebook.com/security/advisories/cve-2019-3568) You probably weren’t a target of the WhatsApp surveillance hack (https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/14/whatsapp-vulnerability-risk/) Buffer overflow (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffer_overflow) Remote code execution, or arbitrary code execution (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arbitrary_code_execution) Secure Real-time Transport Protocol (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Real-time_Transport_Protocol) Microsoft Issues Urgent Fix For Windows In First XP Patch Since WannaCry (https://www.forbes.com/sites/kateoflahertyuk/2019/05/15/microsoft-issues-urgent-fix-for-windows-in-first-xp-patch-since-wannacry/) Titan-ic disaster: Bluetooth blunder sinks Google's 2FA keys, free replacements offered (https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/05/15/google_titan_bluetooth_key_security_flaw/) Apple security updates (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201222) Episode 13: Is My Computer's CPU Secure? (discussion of Meltdown and Spectre) Additional mitigations for speculative execution vulnerabilities in Intel CPUs (https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT210107) How to enable full mitigation for Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) vulnerabilities (https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT210108) SGX enclaves (https://software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/2016/06/06/overview-of-intel-software-guard-extension-enclave) CPUSetter (https://www.whatroute.net/cpusetter.html) Get 50% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
5/17/201930 minutes, 57 seconds
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How We Use Facebook

We look at an issue that caused Firefox add-ons to not work for a while, and discuss a suggestion about making Apple's AirDrop more secure. Then we discuss how we use Facebook, and why we don't use it much any more (and perhaps why you should rethink how you use the service). Firefox disabled all add-ons because a certificate expired (https://www.engadget.com/2019/05/03/firefox-extension-add-on-cert/) The feature Apple needs to change in AirDrop (https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-airdrop-privacy-174359769.html) How to Use AirDrop to Securely Share or Transfer Files AirDrop hardware requirements (https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT203106) (at the end of this article) Facebook sponsored posts selling access to hacked PayPal accounts (https://www.grahamcluley.com/facebook-sponsored-posts-selling-access-to-hacked-paypal-accounts/) It’s Time to Break Up Facebook (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/09/opinion/sunday/chris-hughes-facebook-zuckerberg.html) Get 50% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
5/10/201933 minutes, 21 seconds
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Should you worry about MDM software?

Apple has updated XProtect; what is this? Facebook bans quizzes and useless apps; finally. And we take a close look at MDM software, and how Apple has taken measures against apps that use this technology. Gatekeeper and opening apps from unknown developers (https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT202491) Apple updates XProtect to combat ‘Windows’ exploits on Mac machines (https://www.zdnet.com/article/apple-updates-xprotect-to-combat-windows-exploits-on-mac-machines/) Facebook bans personality quizzes and other similar apps (https://www.slashgear.com/facebook-bans-personality-quizzes-and-other-similar-apps-25574797/) How to Choose and Answer Security Questions (with the clip from the movie Now You See Me that was mentioned in the podcast) How Nest, designed to keep intruders out of people’s homes, effectively allowed hackers to get in (https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/04/23/how-nest-designed-keep-intruders-out-peoples-homes-effectively-allowed-hackers-get/) Apple Cracks Down on Apps That Fight iPhone Addiction (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/27/technology/apple-screen-time-trackers.html) The facts about parental control apps (Apple) (https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2019/04/the-facts-about-parental-control-apps/) How to Use Screen Time in iOS 12 to Track Your Device Usage Get 50% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
5/3/201930 minutes, 11 seconds
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When should you upgrade your Mac?

Macs last a long time, but whatever your needs, you’ll need to upgrade your Macs eventually. Whether you buy new or used, there comes a time when you need more power, RAM, storage, or all of the above. You don’t necessarily have to upgrade your entire Mac. We discuss the different variations of upgrading your Apple hardware. Episode 27: How to Securely Sell Your Old Mac, iPhone or iPad How to Keep Older Macs Secure: A Geeky Approach WebKit (https://webkit.org) Mac mini (Mid 2011) (https://support.apple.com/kb/sp632?locale=en_US) Hackintosh.com (https://hackintosh.com) iMac Intel 20" EMC 2133 and 2210 CPU Replacement (iFixit) (https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iMac+Intel+20-Inch+EMC+2133+and+2210+CPU+Replacement/28763) The “cheese grater” Mac Pro (https://512pixels.net/2017/04/the-cheese-grater-mac-pro/) Get 50% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
4/26/201932 minutes, 43 seconds
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Solving a problem that isn’t there

Breaking news: folding phones are out, and they’re breaking. Is this a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist? We also discuss the possibility of Apple creating a Find My Everything app, and we look at advertising identifiers on iOS device, and Mozilla’s campaign to get Apple to change them every month. Apple revamping Find My Friends & Find My iPhone in unified app, developing Tile-like personal item tracking (https://9to5mac.com/2019/04/17/find-my-iphone-revamp/) The Bug in Apple’s Latest Marketing Campaign - The Mozilla Blog (https://foundation.mozilla.org/en/campaigns/privacy-thats-iphone-but-is-it/) Netscape (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netscape_(web_browser)) How to Reset the Advertising Identifier on your Mac, iOS Device, or Apple TV My Samsung Galaxy Fold screen broke after just a day (https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/17/18411510/samsung-galaxy-fold-broken-screen-debris-dust-hinge-flexible-bulge) Review: The iPad mini (2019) Is Still a Great iPad Apple HomePod Review: Superior Sound, but Limited by Siri Get 50% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
4/19/201933 minutes, 18 seconds
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Is Apple Breaking Up iTunes?

Rumors abound of Apple breaking up iTunes, and we look at what this might entail. We also discuss how Amazon employees are listening in on Alexa devices, and we relate the story of an Apple employee whose confidential Apple devices were subject to searches when he tried to cross the border. The Most Lamentable Tragedie of Sirius Unresponsivus Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-10/is-anyone-listening-to-you-on-alexa-a-global-team-reviews-audio) Apple employee detained by U.S. customs agents after declining to unlock phone, laptop (https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/04/03/apple-employee-detained-by-us-customs-agents-after-declining-unlock-phone-laptop/) Hide a user account in macOS (https://support.apple.com/HT203998) Next major macOS version will include standalone Music, Podcasts, and TV apps, Books app gets major redesign (https://9to5mac.com/2019/04/10/macos-10-15-itunes-standalone-apps/) The Next Track: Episode #136 - Breaking Up with iTunes? Get 50% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
4/12/201936 minutes, 13 seconds
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The One About the iPad

We discuss the iPad: how it can replace a computer for some people, how the new iPad mini is a great little device, and how there are some elements of iOS that could be improved to make the iPad even better. iA Writer (https://ia.net/writer) TypeIt4Me (https://www.ettoresoftware.com/mac-apps/typeit4me/) Review: The iPad mini (2019) Is Still a Great iPad Why iOS Needs Multiple User Accounts for iPad How to Use Split Screen and Slide Over to Do Multitasking on iPad Get 50% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
4/5/201936 minutes, 24 seconds
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Apple's New Services, with Chuck Joiner

Mac podcaster Chuck Joiner joins us to discuss Apple's new services that were announced this week: news, games, TV, and even a credit card. MacVoices Podcast At Your Service: The Full Lowdown on Apple TV+, Apple News+, Apple Card, and Apple Arcade Steve Jobs introduces the iPod - 2001 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc_FiHTITHE) Apple Solidifies Its Transition to a Services Company How Apple Is Changing from a Hardware Company to a Services and Media Company Backgammon NJ HD (https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/backgammon-nj-hd/id371380665?mt=8) Apple Releases iOS 12.2, macOS Mojave 10.14.4, watchOS 5.2 with Critical Security Updates Problems Logging into Google Account in Apple Mail for Mac, After macOS 10.4.4 Update Get 50% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
3/29/201944 minutes, 28 seconds
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This Is a Brain Hack

We take a deep dive into spam: how it works, and how you can manage it. We also discuss another Facebook blunder, some thoughts on preventing facial recognition software from spotting you, and a new porn blackmail scam allegedly from the CIA. Facebook Stored Hundreds of Millions of User Passwords in Plain Text for Years (https://krebsonsecurity.com/2019/03/facebook-stored-hundreds-of-millions-of-user-passwords-in-plain-text-for-years/) Facebook's response: Keeping Passwords Secure (https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2019/03/keeping-passwords-secure/) Facebook Lite (https://www.howtogeek.com/348076/what’s-the-difference-between-facebook-and-facebook-lite/) How to hack your face to dodge the rise of facial recognition tech (https://www.wired.co.uk/article/avoid-facial-recognition-software) CIA Porn Accusation Emails: Here’s What Mac Users Need to Know Get 50% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
3/22/201933 minutes, 35 seconds
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Spoiler Alert

Josh tells us about the RSA security conference, and there are some new vulnerabilities that affect processors; one even has its own website. We also bring you some news about Facebook using phone numbers when they said they wouldn't, and Firefox's new secure file-transfer service. RSA Conference (https://www.rsaconference.com) Josh's article, RSA Conference 2019 Highlights: A Mac Perspective "I Am Root": A Retrospective on a Severe Mac Vulnerability If you want online privacy, change your phone number immediately (https://www.wired.co.uk/article/change-your-phone-number-online-privacy) Two-Factor Authorization Apps for iOS Mozilla launches its free, encrypted file-sharing service, Firefox Send (https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/12/mozilla-launches-its-free-encrypted-file-sharing-service-firefox-send/) Apple's Mail Drop (sorry, I said AirDrop in the podcast) (https://support.apple.com/kb/ph2629?locale=en_US) You. Shall. Not. Pass... word: Soon, you may be logging into websites using just your phone, face, fingerprint or token (https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/03/05/web_authentication/) Why 'ji32k7au4a83' Is a Remarkably Common Password (https://gizmodo.com/why-ji32k7au4a83-is-a-remarkably-common-password-1833045282) Thunderclap (https://thunderclap.io) Thunderbolt 3 'Thunderclap' vulnerabilities let malicious peripherals attack a Mac's memory (https://appleinsider.com/articles/19/02/27/thunderbolt-3-thunderclap-vulnerabilities-let-malicious-peripherals-attack-a-macs-memory) SPOILER alert, literally: Intel CPUs afflicted with simple data-spewing spec-exec vulnerability (https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/03/05/spoiler_intel_processor_flaw/) All Intel chips open to new Spoiler non-Spectre attack: Don't expect a quick fix (https://www.zdnet.com/article/all-intel-chips-open-to-new-spoiler-non-spectre-attack-dont-expect-a-quick-fix/) SPOILER: Speculative Load Hazards Boost Rowhammer and Cache Attacks (PDF) (https://arxiv.org/pdf/1903.00446.pdf) Get 50% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
3/15/201933 minutes, 13 seconds
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Maintain Your Privacy When Browsing the Web

All modern web browsers provide the capability to use "private browsing," a way of maintaining your privacy when using the web. We discuss how to use this feature, as well as some browser extensions that will also mask some of your personal information. HTTPS Everywhere (https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere) uBlock Origin: for Chrome (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ublock-origin/), Safari (https://safari-extensions.apple.com/details/?id=com.el1t.uBlock-3NU33NW2M3), Firefox (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-GB/firefox/addon/ublock-origin/) Ghostery (https://www.ghostery.com) Use Private Browsing to Maintain Your Privacy on the Web Brave web browser (https://brave.com) ProtonMail (https://protonmail.com/) Google Cloud Security and Compliance Whitepaper (https://static.googleusercontent.com/media/gsuite.google.com/en//files/google-apps-security-and-compliance-whitepaper.pdf) The Advantages of Using a VPN, with CyberGhost Get 50% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
3/8/201933 minutes, 19 seconds
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Marzipan and the iOSification of macOS

After some news about Facebook and user data (again), and a look at Apple's plan for securely managing health records, we look at Marzipan, Apple's framework for allowing iOS apps to easily run on macOS. What will the future look like? Will macOS become similar to iOS? And will we see touch-screen Macs in the future? Some iOS Apps Sending an Alarming Amount of Data to Facebook and Most Users Are Unaware (https://www.macrumors.com/2019/02/22/ios-apps-sending-private-data-to-facebook/) Meitu (https://www.intego.com/mac-security-blog/month-in-review-apple-security-in-january-2017/) Tim Cook on Health Records Privacy: "People Will Look at This and Feel That They Can Trust Apple" (https://www.macrumors.com/2019/02/27/tim-cook-health-records-privacy/) Marzipan (http://www.hrwiki.org/wiki/Marzipan) Apple Plans on Combining iPhone, iPad, Mac Apps by 2021 (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-20/apple-is-said-to-target-combining-iphone-ipad-mac-apps-by-2021) Get 50% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
3/1/201928 minutes, 47 seconds
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How to Securely Dispose of Hard Drives

A Messages prank, Google getting caught with a hidden mic, and password managers have flaws. And we discuss destroying hard drives creatively. iOS Safari Flaw Allows Deceptive Web Page Previews in Messages Google backtracks on Chrome modifications that would have crippled ad blockers (https://www.zdnet.com/article/google-backtracks-on-chrome-modifications-that-would-have-crippled-ad-blockers/) Google says the built-in microphone it never told Nest users about was 'never supposed to be a secret' (https://www.businessinsider.com/nest-microphone-was-never-supposed-to-be-a-secret-2019-2?r=US&IR=T) Password managers have a security flaw. But you should still use one. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/02/19/password-managers-have-security-flaw-you-should-still-use-one/) How Apple Is Changing from a Hardware Company to a Services and Media Company Apple, Goldman Sachs Team Up on Credit Card Paired With iPhone (https://www.wsj.com/articles/apple-goldman-sachs-team-up-on-credit-card-paired-with-iphone-11550750400) How to Securely Dispose of Old Hard Drives and SSDs iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit (https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Tools/Pro-Tech-Toolkit/IF145-307) Get 50% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
2/22/201931 minutes, 43 seconds
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How to Avoid Getting Hacked After Data Breaches

Data breaches are common, and when this happens, and your data is included, you need to know what to do to protect yourself. We take a deep dive into data breaches and the things you can do to keep yourself safe. The biggest ever data dump just hit a colossal 2.2 billion accounts (https://www.wired.co.uk/article/collection-data-breach-dump-leak) HaveIBeenPwned (https://haveibeenpwned.com) HaveIBeenPwned password check (https://haveibeenpwned.com/Passwords) 1Password Watchtower (https://support.1password.com/watchtower/) Password Checkup (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/password-checkup/pncabnpcffmalkkjpajodfhijclecjno) Hasso-Platner Institut (https://sec.hpi.de/ilc/search) How to Avoid Getting Hacked After Data Breaches 8 Things to Do Right Now if You’ve Been Hacked Two-Factor Authorization Apps for iOS Get 50% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
2/15/201931 minutes, 23 seconds
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Why Doesn't Apple Have a Mac Bug Bounty Program?

We discuss a new macOS Keychain vulnerability, which raises the question of why Apple still doesn't have a Mac bug bounty program. We also discuss shortcomings of two-factor authentication, the removal of the Do Not Track feature from Safari, whether or not Google Chrome's lookalike URL warnings are actually a good thing, and more (including why Apple still hadn't fixed the Group FaceTime spying bug; they finally did after we recorded the episode). Apple Patches Group FaceTime, Shortcuts Vulnerabilities Apple's bug bounty program, launched in 2016 (https://securosis.com/blog/thoughts-on-apples-bug-bounty-program) Apple might pay teenager who found Group FaceTime surveillance bug (https://appleinsider.com/articles/19/02/04/apple-might-pay-teenager-who-found-group-facetime-surveillance-bug) Apple to Remove “Do Not Track” Feature from Safari Google Chrome to get warnings for 'lookalike URLs' (https://www.zdnet.com/article/google-chrome-to-get-warnings-for-lookalike-urls/) Typosquatting (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typosquatting) Josh's tweet from 2012 about AdBlock Plus Chrome Canary (https://www.google.com/chrome/canary/) Security researcher demos macOS exploit to access Keychain passwords, but won’t share details with Apple out of protest (https://9to5mac.com/2019/02/06/mac-keychain-exploit/) Mr. Steal Yo Keychain (Patrick Wardle's keychain discovery of 2017) (https://www.patreon.com/posts/mr-steal-yo-14556409) Market for zero-day exploits (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Market_for_zero-day_exploits) Two-Factor Authentication Might Not Keep You Safe (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/27/opinion/2fa-cyberattacks-security.html) Two-Factor Authorization Apps for iOS Kevin Mitnick (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Mitnick) Get 50% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
2/8/201932 minutes, 23 seconds
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FaceTime, Facebook, Google, Shortcuts, Steganography, and More

Apple had a mean FaceTime bug; then they slapped down Facebook, and Google, for some underhanded app distribution. There are security risks using iOS Shortcuts, and there's new malware using steganography. VeryMal Mac Attack Hides Data Within a Picture Steganography (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steganography) Are iOS Shortcuts Safe? Reports of Risks Surface Use iOS Shortcuts to Automate Tasks on Your iPhone or iPad Everything You Need To Know About the FaceTime Spying Bug Apple faces lawsuit over FaceTime bug as lawyer says someone eavesdropped on a sworn testimony (https://9to5mac.com/2019/01/29/apple-facetime-eavesdropping-lawsuit/) Facebook, Google Caught Deploying Invasive Apps; Apple Shuts Them Down (After we recorded this episode on Thursday, Apple revoked Google's enterprise certificate. Apple later said that the company had reinstated Facebook's certificate, and was working with Google to reinstate the certificate.) Google disables app that monitored iPhone usage in violation of Apple’s rules (https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/30/18204350/google-screenwise-app-ios-apple-violation) Apple just became the tech industry's de facto privacy cop (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-technology-202/2019/01/31/the-technology-202-apple-just-became-the-tech-industry-s-de-facto-privacy-cop/) Get 50% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com.
2/1/201928 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Biggest Data Breach Ever; Is Your Data Included?

Google is blocking ad blockers, but not their own ads. Apple has released a slew of updates. And the biggest data breach ever has been discovered, with 2.7 billion records. Is your data included? Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently (https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/01/22/google_chrome_browser_ad_content_block_change/) uBlock Origin (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ublock-origin/cjpalhdlnbpafiamejdnhcphjbkeiagm?hl=en) NoScript (https://noscript.net) Apple Releases iOS 12.1.3, macOS Mojave 10.14.3, and More Security Updates Wrest control from a snooping smart speaker with this teachable "parasite" (https://techcrunch.com/2019/01/16/wrest-control-from-a-snooping-smart-speaker-with-this-teachable-parasite/) Raspberry Pi (https://www.raspberrypi.org) You Deserve Privacy Online. Here's How You Could Actually Get It (http://time.com/collection/davos-2019/5502591/tim-cook-data-privacy/) Steve Jobs: Thoughts on Music (https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB117079254216799934) (2007, not 2004 as said in the podcast) Steve Jobs: Thoughts on Flash (https://www.apple.com/hotnews/thoughts-on-flash/) (2010) Did Australia Hurt Phone Security Around the World? (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/22/technology/australia-cellphone-encryption-security.html) Collection #1 (And #2–5) Are the Latest Massive Password Dumps How to Avoid Getting Hacked After Data Breaches have i been pwned? (https://haveibeenpwned.com) How to Choose and Answer Security Questions Get 50% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
1/25/201937 minutes, 5 seconds
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Routers, Tweets, Bugs, and More

This week we focus on a wide range of security news. From router vulnerabilities to tweets storing precise location data; from $2 million bug bounties to Face ID issues; and lots more. Cyber researcher pulls public talk on hacking Apple's Face ID (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apple-cyber-conference/cyber-researcher-pulls-public-talk-on-hacking-apples-face-id-idUSKCN1OX1TA) Face ID Fooled By Hackers… and a 10-Year-Old Boy? Google Chrome’s ad-blocking feature will roll out worldwide in July (https://thenextweb.com/google/2019/01/10/google-chromes-ad-blocking-feature-will-roll-out-worldwide-in-july/) Your Old Tweets Give Away More Location Data Than You Think (https://www.wired.com/story/twitter-location-data-gps-privacy/) How to Easily Remove Old Tweets and Facebook Posts NetGear Orbi mesh wifi system GoDaddy removes JavaScript injection which tracks website performance, but might break it too (https://www.zdnet.com/article/godaddy-javascript-injection-tracks-website-performance-but-might-break-it-too/) Zerodium's Exploit Acquisition Program (https://zerodium.com/program.html#changelog) Get 50% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
1/18/201930 minutes, 36 seconds
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It's the Ecosystem, Stupid

We discuss Apple's trolling of other companies at the Consumer Electronics Show this week, a delivery tracking app that sends and receives data in a strange way, and we then look at how Apple's ecosystem may be "under-appreciated," according to Tim Cook. Ahead of CES, Apple touts ‘what happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone’ with privacy billboard in Las Vegas (https://9to5mac.com/2019/01/05/apple-privacy-billboard-vegas-ces/) Package tracking app turns users’ devices into a bot farm, violates user privacy (https://9to5mac.com/2019/01/07/package-tracking-app-turns-users-devices-into-a-bot-farm-violates-user-privacy/) Deliveries (https://junecloud.com/software/iphone/deliveries.html) Security researchers find over a dozen iPhone apps linked to Golduck malware (https://techcrunch.com/2019/01/05/dozen-iphone-apps-linked-to-golduck-malware/) Tim Cook interview on CNBC (https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/01/08/apple-ceo-tim-cook-talks-china-wall-street-negativity-and-innovation.html) It’s the Ecosystem, Stupid* How Apple Is Changing from a Hardware Company to a Services and Media Company The iPhone Is No Longer “Magical” Get 50% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
1/11/201928 minutes, 26 seconds
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New Year's Resolutions to Secure Your Mac and iOS Devices

As the new year rolls in, we look at some New Year's resolutions to secure your Mac and iOS devices. These are simple tips that you can apply immediately to make your devices more secure. Episode #6: Passwords Are Hard New Year’s Resolutions to Check that Your Mac and iOS Devices Are Secure Get 50% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
1/4/201929 minutes, 1 second
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The Year in Mac and iOS Security

We look at the biggest stories of 2018, and we discuss the impressive rise in the amount of malware that targets the Mac. Mac malware: - The Year of the RAT - MaMi - Shlayer - CreativeUpdater - Unwanted cryptocurrency miner in App Store - Dummy - Calisto (fake Intego software) - Lazarus (advanced persistent threat) - SearchPageInjector - RealtimeSpy - Meltdown, Spectre, and speculative execution flaws - Cellebrite and GrayKey can reportedly unlock any iOS device - Apple introduced USB restricted mode Other news: Is Your Smart Speaker Spying on You? Fake Alexa setup app is topping Apple's App Store charts (https://www.engadget.com/2018/12/27/fake-alexa-app-topping-apple-app-store-charts/) How to Easily Remove Old Tweets and Facebook Posts Protect Your Kids on iOS Devices with Parental Controls How to Use Screen Time in iOS 12 to Track Your Device Usage New Security and Privacy Features in iOS 12 New Security Features in macOS Mojave Google Authenticator (https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/google-authenticator/id388497605?mt=8) Authy (https://authy.com) Get 50% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
12/28/201830 minutes, 18 seconds
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How Mobile Apps Track Your Location

New iPad Pros bend, but Apple says it's okay. Android's Face Unlock is much less secure than Apple's Face ID, and can be fooled with a 3D-printed head. And we look at a bank's password blunder. Then we look at how mobile apps track your location, and sell that data. Apple confirms some iPad Pros ship slightly bent, but says it’s normal (https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/19/18148957/apple-ipad-bend-pro-2018-shipping-manufacturing-confirmed) We Broke Into A Bunch Of Android Phones With A 3D-Printed Head (https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2018/12/13/we-broke-into-a-bunch-of-android-phones-with-a-3d-printed-head/) HSBC password issue (Twitter) (https://twitter.com/BradleyAllen512/status/1073544852363714561) iTunes Store Authentication Vulnerability (2011) Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/12/10/business/location-data-privacy-apps.html) Are iOS Apps Spying On Your Location? Intego Mac Podcast Episode 17 Get 50% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
12/21/201831 minutes, 43 seconds
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How to Set Up a New Mac

There's a lot of security news this week, and we look at how facial recognition has been used at concerts, and at doorbells, a security vulnerability in software for headsets, and the most popular passwords of the year. Then we discuss the best way to set up a new Mac. Expediting changes to Google+ (https://www.blog.google/technology/safety-security/expediting-changes-google-plus/) Taylor Swift used facial recognition software to detect stalkers at LA concert (https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/dec/13/taylor-swift-facial-recognition-stalkers-rose-bowl-concert) Amazon’s Disturbing Plan to Add Face Surveillance to Your Front Door (https://www.aclu.org/blog/privacy-technology/surveillance-technologies/amazons-disturbing-plan-add-face-surveillance-yo-0) Sennheiser’s flawed headphone software opened PCs and Macs to HTTPS site spoofing (https://techcrunch.com/2018/11/29/sennheiser-headphone-software-broke-https-pc-mac/) Sennheiser HeadSetup software update info (https://en-uk.sennheiser.com/headset-software-pc) The 25 Most Popular Passwords of 2018 Will Make You Feel Like a Security Genius (https://gizmodo.com/the-25-most-popular-passwords-of-2018-will-make-you-fee-1831052705) Chrome Canary (https://www.google.com/chrome/canary/) Waterfox (https://www.waterfoxproject.org/en-US/waterfox/) Setting Up a New Mac: Should You Migrate or Do a Clean Installation? 5 Must-Have Mac Utilities to Boost Your Productivity How to Securely Set Up Your New Mac Get 50% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
12/14/201830 minutes, 32 seconds
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How to Choose the Mac You Need

We discuss how to choose a new Mac among the broad line-up of Apple's products. We also look at some recent security issues, including a clever Touch ID scam, some new Mac Spyware, and more. And, Tom Cruise is in the news. Scammy iOS apps used Touch ID to push users toward $99 payouts (https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/3/18123644/ios-app-scam-fitness-tracking-touch-id-trick-payments) iTunes Doesn't Encrypt Downloads — on Purpose (https://www.wired.com/story/itunes-downloads-https-encryption/) Tom Cruise on motion smoothing (Twitter) (https://twitter.com/TomCruise/status/1070071781757616128) Privacy Exodus: Spam Delivers Mac Spyware Apple HomePod Compared to Sonos One How to Choose the Right Mac for Your Use Case Get 50% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
12/7/201831 minutes, 26 seconds
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Is Apple Changing from a Hardware Company to a Service Company?

This week's news include info about an Instagram data breach, an Amazon data breach, a new class-action lawsuit against Apple, and an expensive way to get access to your iPhone if you get locked out. Then we discuss whether Apple is morphing from a hardware company to a service company. Kirk's Hackintosh project (http://www.macworld.com/article/3196994/macs/how-to-build-a-hackintosh.html) and his Hackintosh parts list Kirk wrote about how much dust the Mac Pro collected back in 2014 Instagram accidentally reveals plaintext passwords in URLs (https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2018/11/20/instagram-accidentally-reveals-plaintext-passwords-in-urls/) Apple Facing Class Action Lawsuit Over Lack of Filters in MacBooks and iMacs Causing Trapped Dust (https://www.macrumors.com/2018/11/28/apple-macbook-imac-dust-filter-lawsuit/) DriveSavers Lets Consumers Retrieve Data From Locked iOS Devices for $3,900 (https://www.macrumors.com/2018/11/27/drivesavers-ios-passcode-recovery-service/) Amazon warns customers it leaked their names and email addresses (https://www.grahamcluley.com/amazon-warns-customers-it-leaked-their-names-and-email-addresses/) Technical foul: Amazon suffers data snafu days before Black Friday, emails world+dog (https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/11/21/amazon_data_breach/) How Apple Is Changing from a Hardware Company to a Services and Media Company Google Fi (https://fi.google.com/about/) Get 50% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
11/30/201832 minutes, 59 seconds
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New Security Features in iOS 12 and macOS Mojave

We take a close look at the great new security features in iOS 12 and macOS Mojave. We also answer a few reader questions, about the Activity Monitor app, about when to upgrade hardware, and whether "free" media sites are safe. How to use Activity Monitor on your Mac (Apple) (https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT201464) New Security and Privacy Features in iOS 12 New Security Features in macOS Mojave Get 50% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
11/23/201830 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Advantages of Using a VPN, with CyberGhost

We've often stressed how important it is to use a VPN. Today we welcome Andra Zaharia from Intego's partner company CyberGhost to discuss why we all need a VPN at times. CyberGhost VPN Episode 15: What's a VPN, and Why Should You Use One? Get 50% off Mac Premium Bundle X9, fully compatible with macOS Mojave, with the code PODCAST19. Download Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 now at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
11/16/201831 minutes, 5 seconds
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How to Shop Securely (and Save Money) on Black Friday

After some brief security news about the Mac, we discuss how you can be sure to shop securely on Black Friday; and we give you some tips to save money too! WebKit (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WebKit) Apple security doc touts T2 chip benefits, including hardware prevention of microphone eavesdropping (https://9to5mac.com/2018/10/30/t2-security-chip-benefits/) 6 Cyber Security Tips for Holiday Shopping Online 6 Essential Tips to Stay Safe Shopping Online Caution! These Black Friday “Deals” May Be Bad for Your Security How to Spot Fake Product Reviews Episode 15: What's a VPN, and Why Should You Use One? CamelCamelCamel.com (https://camelcamelcamel.com) Wirecutter (https://thewirecutter.com) Get 50% off Intego's Mac Premium Bundle X9 with the code PODCAST19. Download now and try it for free at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
11/9/201830 minutes, 7 seconds
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Apple Brings Out New Macs and iPads

Apple released new Macs and iPads this week, and Josh and Kirk talk about the new MacBook Air, the Mac mini, and the iPod Pro. We also cover some security news, such as new Mac malware, Apple security updates, and more. Use Group FaceTime on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT209022) Apple security updates (https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT201222) Apple Releases macOS 10.14.1 With Group FaceTime and New Emoji (https://www.macrumors.com/2018/10/30/apple-releases-macos-10-14-1/) Apple Releases iOS 12.1 With eSIM Support, Real-Time Depth Control, Group FaceTime, New Emoji and More (https://www.macrumors.com/2018/10/30/apple-releases-ios-12-1/) iOS 12 is Now Installed on 63% of Active Devices From the Last Four Years (https://www.macrumors.com/2018/10/31/ios-12-installed-on-63-percent-of-devices/) Download macOS Mojave 10.14.1 Update (standalone updater) (https://support.apple.com/kb/DL1981?locale=en_GB) How to Access iCloud via a Web Browser iOS 12 compatibility (scroll to the bottom of the page to see the list) (https://www.apple.com/uk/ios/ios-12/) Mac malware intercepts encrypted web traffic for ad injection (https://blog.malwarebytes.com/threat-analysis/2018/10/mac-malware-intercepts-encrypted-web-traffic-for-ad-injection/) Mac cryptocurrency ticker app installs backdoors (https://blog.malwarebytes.com/threat-analysis/2018/10/mac-cryptocurrency-ticker-app-installs-backdoors/) Apple is killing off MagSafe, one of the MacBook’s best features (2016) (https://www.theverge.com/2016/10/27/13441150/rip-magsafe-apple-macbook-pro-charging-cable-usb-c) Get 50% off Intego's Mac Premium Bundle X9 with the code PODCAST19. Download now and try it for free at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
11/2/201831 minutes, 32 seconds
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How to Spot Fake Online Product Reviews

The holiday shopping season is here, and we all look at online product reviews, right? But many of them are fake. How can you tell which are reliable? We discuss that, cover more revelations about the "big hack" story that Bloomberg published recently, and more. The Big Hack (Bloomberg) (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies) Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls on Bloomberg to Retract Supply Chain Hack Story: 'There's No Truth to This' (https://www.macrumors.com/2018/10/19/tim-cook-calls-for-bloomberg-hack-story-retraction/) Supermicro CEO Joins Cook in Calling for Bloomberg to Retract Supply Chain Hack Story (https://www.macrumors.com/2018/10/22/supermicro-calls-for-hack-story-retraction/) A mysterious grey-hat is patching people's outdated MikroTik routers (https://www.zdnet.com/article/a-mysterious-grey-hat-is-patching-peoples-outdated-mikrotik-routers/) Apple stops maintaining its printer compatibility list (https://eclecticlight.co/2018/10/14/apple-stops-maintaining-its-printer-compatibility-list/) How to Spot Fake Product Reviews Get 50% off Intego's Mac Premium Bundle X9 with the code PODCAST19. Download now and try it for free at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
10/26/201828 minutes, 37 seconds
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Security Deep Dive: Digital Certificates

We take a close look at how digital certificates work, and how they don't. We also discuss the latest Facebook data breach, Apple's new data download feature, and more. Apple Customers in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand Can Download a Copy of Their Data Starting Today (https://www.macrumors.com/2018/10/17/apple-customer-data-downloads-to-us-ca-au-nz/) Apple's Data and Privacy website (https://privacy.apple.com) How to Download All Your Apple Data (https://tidbits.com/2018/05/31/how-to-download-all-your-apple-data/) An Update on the Security Issue (https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2018/10/update-on-security-issue/) Facebook may have knowingly inflated its video metrics for over a year (https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/17/17989712/facebook-inaccurate-video-metrics-inflation-lawsuit) Cops Told ‘Don’t Look’ at New iPhones to Avoid Face ID Lock-Out (https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/5984jq/cops-dont-look-iphonex-face-id-unlock-elcomsoft) Face Off (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119094/) The PhotoActive podcast (https://www.photoactive.co/) Extended validation certificate (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extended_Validation_Certificate) Apple Corps v Apple Computer (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Corps_v_Apple_Computer) Get 50% off Intego's Mac Premium Bundle X9 with the code PODCAST19. Download now and try it for free at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
10/19/201828 minutes, 30 seconds
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Was the Big Hack Really Big? And We Celebrate Our One-Year Anniversary

Was it really a big hack? Bloomberg claims that a Chinese hardware hack affected Apple, Amazon, and others, but the companies deny this accusation. And we look back on the first year of the podcast. Episode #6: Passwords Are Hard (correcthorsebatterystaple) Episode #5: Two-Factor Authentication; Should You Be Worried about Bitcoin? Episode #15: What's a VPN, and Why Should You Use One? Episode #7: Tom Cruise Is in the Row Behind You Episode #51: Facebook Blunders, Sloppy Russian Hackers, and More Episode #30: What Is a Firewall, and How Does it Work? Episode #31: Delete Your Social Media History Episode #36: Lock Down and Secure Your Router The Intego Mac Podcast Google Shuttering Google+ for Consumers After Undisclosed Data Breach (https://www.macrumors.com/2018/10/08/google-plus-shutting-down-data-breach/) The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies) Bloomberg’s spy chip story reveals the murky world of national security reporting (https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/04/bloomberg-spy-chip-murky-world-national-security-reporting/) Tampered Chinese Ethernet port used to hack ‘major US telecom,’ says Bloomberg report (https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/9/17955848/supermicro-telecom-server-hack-apple-amazon) Get 50% off Intego's Mac Premium Bundle X9 with the code PODCAST19. Download now and try it for free at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
10/12/201828 minutes, 30 seconds
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Facebook Blunders, Sloppy Russian Hackers, and More

Two major blunders have led a lot of people to question the security and privacy of Facebook. Some Russian hackers were caught trying to access a wi-fi network in the Netherlands. And law enforcement forced someone to open their iPhone X using Face ID. Russia accused of cyber-attack on chemical weapons watchdog (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/04/netherlands-halted-russian-cyber-attack-on-chemical-weapons-body) UK accuses Kremlin of ordering series of 'reckless' cyber-attacks (https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/oct/04/uk-accuses-kremlin-of-ordering-series-of-reckless-cyber-attacks) Wi-Fi Alliance Simplifies Wi-Fi Naming Scheme With Upcoming 'Wi-Fi 6' Release (https://www.macrumors.com/2018/10/03/wifi-naming-simplified-with-wifi-6-launch/) FBI forces suspect to unlock iPhone X with Face ID (https://www.engadget.com/2018/10/01/fbi-face-unlock-suspect-iphone/) Apple refurbished iMac Pro 15% off (https://www.apple.com/shop/browse/home/specialdeals/mac/imac_pro) The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies) The Facebook Security Meltdown Exposes Way More Sites Than Facebook (https://www.wired.com/story/facebook-security-breach-third-party-sites/) Two reasons to reconsider your Facebook membership (https://www.grahamcluley.com/two-reasons-to-reconsider-your-facebook-membership/) How to Easily Remove Old Tweets and Facebook Posts Get 50% off Intego's Mac Premium Bundle X9 with the code PODCAST19. Download now and try it for free at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
10/5/201827 minutes, 15 seconds
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macOS Mojave Is Here

macOS Mojave has been released this week, and we discuss the main features that users will like (or not). We also look at Apple's recent security updates to all its operating systems, and some recent security threats, including a way to get access to any iPhone with only its phone number (don't worry, you probably won't be targeted). Apple security updates (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201222) WebKit (https://webkit.org) They Got 'Everything': Inside a Demo of NSO Group's Powerful iPhone Malware (https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/qvakb3/inside-nso-group-spyware-demo) Bypass Flaw in Newly Released macOS Mojave Update Lets Hackers Access Protected Files (https://www.macrumors.com/2018/09/24/macos-mojave-bypass-vulnerability/) 7-Year-Old Hacks Apple's Screen Time Restrictions (https://www.tomsguide.com/us/ios-screen-time-hack-kid,news-28177.html) macOS Mojave Brings Refinements and Interface Changes How to Use Dark Mode in macOS Mojave Send us a thoughtful, useful question for Josh and Kirk and you'll have a chance to win a one-year subscription to Intego Mac Internet Security bundle. Send the email to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]). Deadline: October 3, midnight (California time). Get 50% off Intego's Mac Premium Bundle X9 with the code PODCAST19. Download now and try it for free at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
9/28/201833 minutes
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What iOS 12 Means for You

We take a look at some of the new features in iOS 12, released early this week. We also talk about some issues with Safari 12 and extensions, and follow up on a story we reported about malware in Mac App Store apps from Trend Micro. What’s New in Safari 12 (https://developer.apple.com/safari/whats-new/) Ad industry “deeply concerned” about Safari’s new ad-tracking restrictions (https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/09/ad-industry-deeply-concerned-about-safaris-new-ad-tracking-restrictions/) iOS 12 Brings New Features, Improves Performance How to Use Screen Time in iOS 12 to Track Your Device Usage Get 50% off Intego's Mac Premium Bundle X9 with the code PODCAST19. Download now and try it for free at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
9/21/201832 minutes, 9 seconds
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Is the Mac App Store Really Safe?

We used to think that apps from the Mac App Store were safe, but some recently discovered issues where apps purchased at the Mac App Store have been sending user data to servers have made us reconsider that. Apple Introduces New iPhones and Apple Watches How to Tell If an Online Article is Real, Fake or a Scam How Safe Is the Mac App Store? Privacy-Violating Apps Uncovered Get 50% off Intego's Mac Premium Bundle X9 with the code PODCAST19. Download now and try it for free at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
9/14/201832 minutes, 32 seconds
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Coming Soon from Apple

We discuss the new products that Apple might (or is likely to) announcement next week. We also cover some privacy news about Twitter and Apple's App Store. Josh's Twitter discussion with product manager Sarah Haider (https://twitter.com/pandemona/status/1036840559137050624) All New and Updated App Store Apps Required to Have a Privacy Policy Starting October (https://www.macrumors.com/2018/08/31/all-app-store-apps-to-require-privacy-policy/) iPhone 8 Logic Board Replacement Program (https://www.apple.com/support/iphone-8-logic-board-replacement-program/) As iOS 12 Launch Approaches, iOS 11 Adoption Hits 85 Percent (https://www.macrumors.com/2018/09/04/ios-11-adoption-85-percent/) 42mm Apple Watch Series 4 to Feature Resolution of 384x480 (https://www.macrumors.com/2018/09/05/42mm-apple-watch-series-4-resolution/) Exclusive: Apple Watch Series 4 revealed — massive display, dense watch face, more (https://9to5mac.com/2018/08/30/exclusive-apple-watch-series-4/) Computer Audiophile (https://www.computeraudiophile.com) Get 50% off Intego's Mac Premium Bundle X9 with the code PODCAST19. Download now and try it for free at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
9/7/201828 minutes, 23 seconds
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Advanced Persistent Threats by Nation-State Caliber Threat Actors

We start by looking at a couple of small but interesting updates to Apple hardware, then we discuss two advanced persistent threats. Do you know what this means? Listen to find out. Apple Releases Firmware Update for AirPort Express With AirPlay 2 Support (https://www.macrumors.com/2018/08/28/airport-express-firmware-airplay-2/) Apple Says Latest macOS Supplemental Update Addresses Audio and Kernel Panic Issues on 2018 MacBook Pro (https://www.macrumors.com/2018/08/29/macos-high-sierra-supplemental-update-2-details/) Kernel panic (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kernel_panic) Prepare your institution for iOS 12 or macOS Mojave (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT209028) Clone your finger - bypassing TouchID (https://wojciechregula.blog/clone-you-finger-bypassing-touchid/) Operation AppleJeus and OSX/Lazarus: Rise of a Mac APT (https://www.intego.com/mac-security-blog/operation-applejeus-and-osxlazarus-rise-of-a-mac-apt/) Remote Mac Exploitation Via Custom URL Schemes (https://objective-see.com/blog/blog_0x38.html) Get 50% off Intego's Mac Premium Bundle X9 with the code PODCAST19. Download now and try it for free at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
8/31/201830 minutes, 30 seconds
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Can You Prevent Google from Tracking Your Movements?

Google tracks your movement even when you tell its apps not to. We discuss this, and tell you how to turn off this "feature." We also discuss the latest Apple and security news. Apple Is Planning a New Low-Cost MacBook, Pro-Focused Mac Mini (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-20/apple-is-said-to-plan-revamped-low-cost-macs-to-reignite-sales) Apple Alerting Customers to Upcoming Discontinuation of Back to My Mac in macOS Mojave (https://www.macrumors.com/2018/08/21/apple-back-to-my-mac-discontinued-macos-mojave/) USBHarpoon Is a BadUSB Attack with A Twist (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/usbharpoon-is-a-badusb-attack-with-a-twist/) Google Tracks Your Movements — Can You Stop It? myaccount.google.com (https://myaccount.google.com) Month in Review: Apple Security in January 2017 (Meitu app) Add Analytics to Your iOS App (https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/ios/v3/) Get 60% off Intego's Mac Premium Bundle X9 with the code INTEGOPODCAST. Download now and try it for free at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
8/24/201830 minutes, 29 seconds
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What's a Botnet, and How Do They Work?

We mention the term "botnet" from time to time, but what exactly is a botnet? How does it work? Is it self-aware? Can botnets be taken down? We look into this, and discuss the week's security news. Fire & Ice: Making and Breaking macOS Firewalls (https://www.blackhat.com/us-18/briefings.html#fire-and-ice-making-and-breaking-macos-firewalls) 'Synthetic Click' attack re-emerges in macOS High Sierra at Defcon (https://appleinsider.com/articles/18/08/13/synthetic-click-attack-re-emerges-in-macos-high-sierra-at-defcon) Fax Machines Are Still Everywhere, and Wildly Insecure (https://www.wired.com/story/fax-machine-vulnerabilities/) Intego exclusive: HP Leaves Mac Users Vulnerable to Fax Hacks HP Ink Printers Remote Code Execution (https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c06097712) Denial-of-service attack (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denial-of-service_attack) Steganography (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steganography) Homeland, Episode 9 recap (contains spoilers) (https://tvline.com/2018/04/08/homeland-recap-season-7-episode-9-useful-idiot-carrie-franny-car/) iWorm Botnet Uses Reddit and Command and Control Center Flashback Botnet is Adrift Why the Flashback Botnet is a Threat Viruses, Worms and Spyware--Yikes! A Look at Malware Terminology Intego Security Memo: Trojan Horse OSX/Koobface.A Affects Mac OS X Mac – Koobface Variant Spreads via Facebook, Twitter and More Should You Worry About People Hacking Toilets? Get 60% off Intego's Mac Premium Bundle X9 with the code INTEGOPODCAST. Download now and try it for free at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
8/17/201827 minutes, 1 second
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Should You Be Concerned About Porn Blackmail Emails?

Lots of people having been receiving blackmail emails claiming that they've been filmed watching porn. We explain how this scam works. We also talk about the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit apps, Firefox's new DNS scheme, and more. What Are 32-Bit and 64-Bit Apps, and Why Do They Matter? Josh's Invisibility Toggler app Apple responds to Congress' letter on data security and privacy (https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-responds-to-letter-from-congress-on-data-security-and-privacy/) Apple Response to July 9 Letter (https://www.scribd.com/document/385682086/Apple-Response-to-July-9-Letter#from_embed) Improving DNS Privacy in Firefox (https://blog.nightly.mozilla.org/2018/06/01/improving-dns-privacy-in-firefox/) Mozilla's new DNS resolution is dangerous (https://blog.ungleich.ch/en-us/cms/blog/2018/08/04/mozillas-new-dns-resolution-is-dangerous/) Porn Blackmail Scam Rattles Mac Users: What You Need to Know ';--have i been pwned? (https://haveibeenpwned.com) Get 60% off Intego's Mac Premium Bundle X9 with the code INTEGOPODCAST. Download now and try it for free at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
8/10/201828 minutes, 43 seconds
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Security Software Deep Dive: How Intego NetBarrier Firewall Works

We take a close look at how Intego's NetBarrier firewall works. We explain how its multi-pronged defense keeps you safe, and discuss how best to set it up. Intego NetBarrier Intego NetBarrier X9 Compared to macOS High Sierra’s Firewall Why You Need an Outbound Firewall What’s the Difference Between Incoming and Outgoing Firewall Protection? Get 60% off Intego's Mac Premium Bundle X9 with the code INTEGOPODCAST. Download now and try it for free at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
8/3/201825 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 41: Malware Masquerades as an Intego Software Installer

Some malware was found recently that pretends to be an Intego VirusBarrier installer. We also talk about Google's choice to suggest that HTTP websites are insecure, and a recent story showing that security keys can prevent phishing. Google Chrome users met with ‘Not secure’ warnings when visiting HTTP sites (https://www.grahamcluley.com/google-chrome-website-not-secure/) Kirkville Google: Security Keys Neutralized Employee Phishing (https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/07/google-security-keys-neutralized-employee-phishing/) Google Advanced Protection Program (https://landing.google.com/advancedprotection/) OSX/Calisto Mac Malware Masquerades as Intego Software Get 60% off Intego's Mac Premium Bundle X9 with the code INTEGOPODCAST. Download now and try it for free at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
7/27/201829 minutes, 17 seconds
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How to Protect Your Digital Legacy

We discuss how you can protect your digital legacy and ensure that your data doesn't get lost if something happens to you, and we discuss the many elements of your data that are accessible from the lock screen of your iPhone or iPad. How to Prepare Your Digital Legacy Anti-Hack Feature Comes to iOS 11.4.1… But Is It Good Enough? (USB restricted mode) iOS Lock Screen: Guide to Keep Data off Your iPhone Lock Screen Apple's Quick Look Reveals Your Darkest Secrets Episode #28: Beware of Trustjacking (discussion of GrayKey in this episode) Episode #39: Security Software Deep Dive: How Antivirus Works (discussion of USB restricted mode, and comment mentioned in the show) How to Encrypt Disk Images with Disk Utility to Protect Sensitive Files SQRL (https://www.grc.com/sqrl/sqrl.htm) Get 60% off Intego's Mac Premium Bundle X9 with the code INTEGOPODCAST. Download now and try it for free at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
7/20/201831 minutes, 41 seconds
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Security Software Deep Dive: How Antivirus Works

After a tale of an Apple ID getting blocked for a strange reason, and some security news, we take a close look at how antivirus software works. Updating macOS in VMware Fusion Leads to Apple ID Reset Apple's lates security updates (https://support.apple.com/en-us/ht201222) WebKit (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WebKit) This $39 Device Can Defeat iOS USB Restricted Mode (https://blog.elcomsoft.com/2018/07/this-9-device-can-defeat-ios-usb-restricted-mode/) About the security content of Wi-Fi Update for Boot Camp 6.4.0 (KRACK vulnerability) (https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT208847) Intego VirusBarrier What Does Your Antivirus Scanner Do Under the Hood? Don’t Believe in Antivirus? Malware is Only One Tool in a Cybercriminal’s Arsenal Submit Malware to Intego Get 60% off Intego's Mac Premium Bundle X9 with the code INTEGOPODCAST. Download now and try it for free at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
7/13/201832 minutes, 12 seconds
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How to Make Sure Your Mac’s Software Is Working Smoothly

We discuss some ways to check your Mac's software and ensure that it is running smoothly. And we bring the latest Mac security news. Apple's First MacBook Pro With Retina Display is Now 'Vintage' (https://www.macrumors.com/2018/07/04/2012-retina-macbook-pro-vintage/) Usb Restricted Mode and Forensics – Is There a Workaround? (https://www.drivesaversdatarecovery.com/2018/06/28/usb-restricted-mode-and-forensics-is-there-a-workaround/) Crypto community target of MacOS malware Episode 37: How to Make Sure Your Mac’s Hardware Is Working Properly How to Verify Your Mac’s Software Is Running Smoothly How to Back Up Your Mac to Multiple Time Machine Disks Conflict Catcher (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conflict_Catcher) 5 Must-Have Mac Utilities to Boost Your Productivity DiskWarrior (https://www.alsoft.com/DiskWarrior/) (NOTE: DiskWarrior 5.2 does not support APFS) iStat Menus (https://bjango.com/mac/istatmenus/) Get 60% off Intego's Mac Premium Bundle X9 with the code INTEGOPODCAST. Download now and try it for free at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
7/6/201831 minutes, 45 seconds
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How to Make Sure Your Mac’s Hardware Is Working Properly

We discuss some ways to check your Mac's hardware to make sure everything is working correctly, and we discussed some recent security issues, and a new way that wi-fi will be protected in the future. Episode 13: Is My Computer's CPU Secure? Black Hat Conference (https://www.blackhat.com/us-18/) Hyper-threading (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyper-threading) TLBleed is latest Intel CPU flaw to surface: But don't expect it to be fixed (https://www.zdnet.com/article/tlbleed-is-latest-intel-cpu-flaw-to-surface-but-dont-expect-it-to-be-fixed/) Wi-Fi security is starting to get its biggest upgrade in over a decade (https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/6/26/17501594/wpa3-wifi-security-certification) Apple to Prevent iTunes Payment Info Changes on Very Old Versions of iOS, OS X, and Apple TV Software (https://www.macrumors.com/2018/06/28/apple-itunes-payment-info-email/) macOS 'Quick Look' Bug Can Leak Encrypted Data Through Thumbnail Caches (https://www.macrumors.com/2018/06/18/macos-quick-look-encrypted-data-bug/) How to Verify Your Mac’s Hardware Is Working Properly Get 60% off Intego's Mac Premium Bundle X9 with the code INTEGOPODCAST. Download now and try it for free at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
6/29/201828 minutes, 25 seconds
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Lock Down and Secure Your Router

We look at your home router and explain the many steps you can take to make sure it is secure. How to Secure Your Home Router Episode #33: Cryptojacking, Russian Router Malware, and Parental Controls How to Remove Wi-Fi Networks from Your Mac and iOS Device SSID and Wireless Networking (https://www.lifewire.com/definition-of-service-set-identifier-816547) Universal Plug and Play (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Plug_and_Play) MAC address (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MAC_address) NetGear Orbi mesh wi-fi system Get 60% off Intego's Mac Premium Bundle X9 with the code INTEGOPODCAST. Download now and try it for free at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
6/22/201826 minutes, 51 seconds
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Where's the Best Place to Buy Mac Apps?

Some new security threats arise, and we discuss code signing and Apple's Gatekeeper technology. We then look at the pros and cons of buying Mac apps from the Mac App Store or directly from developers. VMware Fusion (https://www.vmware.com/products/fusion.html) Parallels Desktop (https://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/) Third-Party macOS Security Tools Vulnerable to Malware Code-Signing Bypasses for Years (https://www.macrumors.com/2018/06/12/macos-security-apps-malware-bypass/) How to Allow Apps from Anywhere in macOS Sierra Gatekeeper (http://osxdaily.com/2016/09/27/allow-apps-from-anywhere-macos-gatekeeper/) OS X Security: Under the Hood Features That Protect Your Mac How to Use Your Web Browser’s Fraudulent Site Protection Feature Intego VirusBarrier Scanner Get 60% off Intego's Mac Premium Bundle X9 with the code INTEGOPODCAST. Download now and try it for free at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
6/15/201830 minutes, 45 seconds
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iOS 12, macOS Mojave, Features and Security & Privacy Enhancements

We cover Apple's new operating system announcements, looking at the new features in iOS 12 and macOS Mojave. And we take a close look at the security and privacy features in these operating systems. Why do the iPhone X’s Animoji work after covering Face ID’s sensors? (https://thenextweb.com/apple/2017/11/15/the-iphone-x-doesnt-actually-need-face-id-for-animoji-apparently/) Augmented reality (Apple) (https://www.apple.com/ios/augmented-reality/) iOS 12 Screen Time App Will Help Reduce iPhone Addiction macOS Mojave: What’s New in Security and Privacy Features Why iOS 12 Is Huge for Security and Privacy Apple CEO Tim Cook: "Privacy is a Fundamental Human Right" (https://www.macrumors.com/2018/06/04/tim-cook-cnn-interview-privacy/) Get 60% off Intego's Mac Premium Bundle X9 with the code INTEGOPODCAST. Download now and try it for free at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
6/8/201830 minutes, 50 seconds
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Cryptojacking, Russian Router Malware, and Parental Controls

We discuss Apple's recent operating system updates - and the one they didn't update - cover some new malware, and then take a close look at using parental controls on the Mac and on iOS. iCloud security overview (for Messages in the Cloud) (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202303) AirPlay 2 (https://www.apple.com/airplay/) Apple HomePod Review: Superior Sound, but Limited by Siri How to Choose the Right Hard Disk for Your Mac 4 Types of Backup Hard Drives for Mac Russian hackers mass-exploit routers in homes, govs, and infrastructure (https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/04/russian-hackers-mass-exploit-routers-in-homes-govs-and-infrastructure/) Hackers infect 500,000 consumer routers all over the world with malware (https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/05/hackers-infect-500000-consumer-routers-all-over-the-world-with-malware/) FBI tells router users to reboot now to kill malware infecting 500k devices (https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/05/fbi-tells-router-users-to-reboot-now-to-kill-malware-infecting-500k-devices/) Cryptominer ‘mshelper’ Targets macOS: What You Need to Know Episode #30: What Is a Firewall, and How Does it Work? Tit (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tit_(bird)) What’s the Difference Between macOS Parental Controls and Intego ContentBarrier? Intego ContentBarrier X9 Get 60% off Intego's Mac Premium Bundle X9 with the code INTEGOPODCAST. Download now and try it for free at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
6/1/201831 minutes, 52 seconds
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Browser Cookies & Private Browsing

We talk about all those GDPR emails you've been receiving, mention a new Spectre-type vulnerability, and then take a deep dive into browser cookies and private browsing. Episode 13: Is My Computer's CPU Secure? How to Request a Copy of Your Apple ID Account Data (https://www.macrumors.com/how-to/get-a-copy-of-your-apple-account-data/) Blob - Binary large object (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binary_large_object) How to Manage and Remove Browser Cookies on Mac and iOS Firesheep (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firesheep); see also Josh's past blog articles about Firesheep Episode 7: Tom Cruise Is in the Row Behind You (physical access) Get 60% off Intego's Mac Premium Bundle X9 with the code INTEGOPODCAST. Download now and try it for free at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
5/25/201830 minutes, 21 seconds
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Delete Your Social Media History

We discuss the new EFAIL issue affecting encrypted email; discuss a new class-action suit against Apple; and then explain how you can delete your history on Facebook and Twitter. It's not easy, but it's possible. Sponsor: Have an old Mac, iPhone, or iPad you want to sell? Get a $10 bonus today via SellYourMac.com/Intego. PGP and EFAIL: Frequently Asked Questions (https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/05/pgp-and-efail-frequently-asked-questions) EFAIL FAQ (https://efail.de) S/MIME (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S/MIME) Pretty Good Privacy (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pretty_Good_Privacy) Episode 30: What Is a Firewall, and How Does it Work? How to Encrypt Email with Any Email Provider What to Look for in a Private and Secure Email Service Provider How to Encrypt Disk Images with Disk Utility to Protect Sensitive Files Scissor vs butterfly keyboard (https://theengineerscafe.com/butterfly-keyboard/) Apple faces class action lawsuit over failing MacBook butterfly keyboards (https://9to5mac.com/2018/05/12/apple-keyboard-lawsuit/) Facebook closed 583m fake accounts in first three months of 2018 (https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/may/15/facebook-closed-583m-fake-accounts-in-first-three-months-of-2018) How to Easily Remove Old Tweets and Facebook Posts Cardigan gocardigan.com (update: the service was discontinued in August 2019, so we removed the link) Social Book Post Manager (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/social-book-post-manager/ljfidlkcmdmmibngdfikhffffdmphjae) Get 60% off Intego's Mac Premium Bundle X9 with the code INTEGOPODCAST. Download now and try it for free at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
5/18/201831 minutes, 5 seconds
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What Is a Firewall, and How Does it Work?

After some news about an interesting new iOS security feature, some potential malware, and a surprising move by Microsoft, we delve into firewalls. What is a firewall? How does it work? Why do you need one? Sponsor: Have an old Mac, iPhone, or iPad you want to sell? Get a $10 bonus today via SellYourMac.com/Intego. iOS 11.4 Disables Lightning Connector After 7 Days, Limiting Law Enforcement Access (https://www.macrumors.com/2018/05/08/ios-11-4-usb-restricted-mode/) Cone of Silence (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cone_of_Silence_(device)) Microsoft Office for Mac, iOS and Windows to Include JavaScript in Excel Beware! Dangerous Macro Malware Ahead Caution: Mac-specific Hack Tool Mettle Discovered Why You Need an Outbound Firewall What’s the Difference Between Incoming and Outgoing Firewall Protection? Understanding Security in NetBarrier What’s the Difference Between a Hardware and Software Firewall? Get 60% off Intego's Mac Premium Bundle X9 with the code INTEGOPODCAST. Download now and try it for free at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
5/11/201833 minutes, 55 seconds
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Social Engineering Scams to Beware, and Digital Spring Cleaning Tips

We explain what tech support scams - by phone, or on the web - are all about, and we then take a close look at the best ways to do a spring cleaning on your Mac. Sponsor: Have an old Mac, iPhone, or iPad you want to sell? Get a $10 bonus today via SellYourMac.com/Intego. Social Engineering: Beware of ‘Tech Support’ Scams Teaming up in the war on tech support scams (Microsoft) (https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/04/20/teaming-up-in-the-war-on-tech-support-scams/) The 6 Most Common Social Hacking Exploit Techniques Report phishing, spam, etc. to Apple (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204759) Mac Cleanup Tips for Digital Spring Cleaning How to Use Optimized Storage to Increase Disk Space Change Where macOS Saves Screenshots Spotlight Secrets: 15 Ways to Use Spotlight on Your Mac Removing Duplicate Files on Mac OS X: The Complete Guide Dupin, iTunes duplicate manager How to Choose the Right Hard Disk for Your Mac Get 60% off Intego's Mac Premium Bundle X9 with the code INTEGOPODCAST. Download now and try it for free at intego.com. Intego Mac Security Podcast Survey: Win a $100 gift card (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast)
5/4/201829 minutes, 44 seconds
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Beware of Trustjacking

We discuss three new types of Mac malware, talk about the latest Mac and iOS security updates, then look at a sneaky new threat that can affect the security of your iOS devices. Sponsor: Have an old Mac, iPhone, or iPad you want to sell? Get a $10 bonus today via SellYourMac.com/Intego. New OceanLotus Backdoor Discovered Targeting macOS New OSX/Shlayer Malware Variant Found Using a Dirty New Trick Snake Malware Ported from Windows to Mac About the security content of Security Update 2018-001 (https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT208742) happyfunthisistotallyalegitimatetaxsite.com (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ) Maker of 'GrayKey' iPhone Unlocking Box Suffers 'Brief' Data Breach, Receives Money Demands (https://www.macrumors.com/2018/04/24/grayshift-graykey-iphone-unlocking-box-data-breach/) RSA Conference 2018 (https://www.rsaconference.com/events/us18) Cybersecurity Tech Accord: 34 Tech Companies Just Promised a Bunch of Nothing (https://www.macobserver.com/columns-opinions/the-back-page/cybersecurity-tech-accord/) Intego survey, you can win $100 for telling us that you think about this podcast, and what you want to hear (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast) iOS Trustjacking: How Attackers Can Hijack Your iPhone Get 60% off Intego's Mac Premium Bundle X9 with the code INTEGOPODCAST. Download now and try it for free at intego.com.
4/27/201831 minutes, 43 seconds
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How to Securely Sell Your Old Mac, iPhone, or iPad

In this week's episode, we explain why you may see dialogs on your Mac warning that your apps aren't compatible. Then we welcome Brian Burke, the president of SellYourMac.com, to discuss the best way to sell your old Mac, iPhone, or iPad. This is a sponsored episode brought to you by SellYourMac.com. Visit SellYourMac.com/Intego to get a $10 bonus on items worth $25 or more. How to Find Which Apps on Your Mac Are 32-Bit How to Securely Dispose of Your Old Mac Get 60% off Intego's Mac Premium Bundle X9 with the code INTEGOPODCAST. Download now and try it for free at intego.com. We want to hear from you! Take our podcast listener survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/integopodcast) for a chance to win $100 Visa gift card.