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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.




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 ( The Bug in Apple’s...


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...


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 ( TypeIt4Me ( Review: The iPad mini (2019) Is Still a Great iPad ( Why iOS Needs Multiple User Accounts for iPad...


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 ( Apple...


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 scam allegedly from the CIA. Facebook Stored Hundreds of Millions of User Passwords in Plain Text for Years ( Facebook's response: Keeping Passwords Secure...


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 ( Josh's article, RSA Conference 2019 Highlights: A Mac Perspective ( "I Am...


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 ( uBlock Origin: for Chrome (, Safari (, Firefox...


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 ( Meitu...


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...


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 ( HaveIBeenPwned ( HaveIBeenPwned password check ( 1Password Watchtower...


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...


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) ( Are iOS Shortcuts Safe? Reports of Risks Surface...


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 ( uBlock Origin (


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 ( Face ID Fooled By Hackers… and a 10-Year-Old Boy?...


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 ( Package tracking app turns users’ devices into a bot farm,...


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...


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...


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 ( We Broke Into A Bunch Of Android Phones With A...


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+ ( Taylor Swift used facial recognition software to detect stalkers at LA concert...


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 ( iTunes Doesn't Encrypt Downloads — on Purpose (