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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.

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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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.




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 rouge Google ads. Show Notes: Strava and stalkersFacebook Says it Will Stop Operating in Europe If Regulators Don’t Back DownShortly after we recorded, Facebook said they have "no desire" to pull out of Europe.Facebook user statistics by countryBLESA Bluetooth...


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 BundleWhich iPad Is Best for You? Everything you can do with the Apple Pencil and Logitech Crayon on Your...


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...


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 ExpressApple Shares Humorous Privacy-Focused iPhone Ad Where People Overshare Personal Info With StrangersWeb browsing...


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...


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...


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 13.6.1Apple releases macOS...


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" iMacGarmin reportedly paid the $10 million ransom to obtain the decryption key3 young men age 17–22 charged with July...


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 accountsGarmin services and production go down after ransomware attackGarmin...


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) outageIsItDownRightNow?Hackers Tell the Story of the Twitter Attack From the InsideTwitter Hacking for Profit and the LoLsZoom to Sell 27-Inch Dedicated Appliance for $600Are smart locks really that smart?...


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 moreUK and allies expose Russian attacks on coronavirus vaccine developmentHackers Convinced Twitter Employee to Help Them Hijack...


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 WindowsDownload a FREE trial of Intego Antivirus for WindowsBuy Intego Antivirus for Windows at a Special DiscountUpdate on EvilQuest (ThiefQuest)EvilQuest file decryptor - free utilityReddit to...


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...


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 2020Universal App Quick Start Program (developers only)Apple's transition from PowerPC to Intel processors (Wikipedia)macOS 11 and...


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 AumassonApplied Cryptography: Protocols, Algorithms and Source Code in C by Bruce SchneierCryptography: A Very Short Introduction, by...


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...


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 LudwigZero-day in Sign in with AppleTurn off Face ID on your iPhoneBBC World Service Director calls for trusted news access to chat appsZoom’s Pledge to Work with Law Enforcement Spurs Online BlowbackNHS contact...


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 termsJailbreak Tool 'unc0ver' 5.0 Released With iOS 13.5 CompatibilityThe FBI is mad because it keeps getting into locked iPhones without Apple’s helpYubiKeyFree up space on...


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 debateHistory of sentence spacingTechniques for...


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 formatFBI serves warrant on senator in investigation of stock sales linked...