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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.




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...


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 concernsIBM ViaVoice (Wikipedia)Microsoft Says It 'Listens' to Conversations Only With PermissionApple...


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 recordingsApple responds to Guardian report about contractors hearing private conversations...


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 timeThe 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,...


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 serverSilentKnightApple...


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...


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. Goodbye, Chrome: Google’s web browser has become spy software ( Breezometer (


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 ( OSX/NewTab (and other new Mac malware) OSX/CrescentCore (was originally named OSX/Adspartam) Tweet showing...


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 ( ( Apple restricts online Apple Store access to newer versions of Safari and macOS...


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 ( Mozilla says paid subscription service is coming to Firefox ( Episode 57: The Advantages of...


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) ( Why some people are freaking out over Apple’s new Mac Pro ( New Security and Privacy Features in macOS...


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 ( Safari Technology Preview ( Get 40% off Mac Premium Bundle...


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 ( Google has been tracking nearly everything you buy online—see for yourself with this tool...


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 ( Facebook's brief explanation of the...


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 ( The feature Apple needs to change in AirDrop...


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 ( Apple updates XProtect to combat ‘Windows’ exploits on Mac machines ( Facebook bans personality...


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 ( Mac mini (Mid 2011)...


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 How to Use Split Screen and Slide Over to Do Multitasking on iPad Get 50% off Mac Premium...