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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.




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 availableFBI asks Apple for help cracking Pensacola gunman’s iPhonesIPhone Hacking Firm...


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 2020Corellium Accuses Apple of Using Lawsuit to 'Crack Down on Jailbreaking'Apple Is Bullying a Security Company with a Dangerous DMCA LawsuitCritical Security...


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 saysZynga (Wikipedia)have i been pwned?Wyze security camera user DB was breachedApple Wins Patent for Optical Imaging Sensors that could be used for Under-the-Display Biometrics in Future iPhones...


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 Knowhaveibeenpwned.comTop websites...


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 riskShe 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...


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 13.3Apple Fixes ‘AirDoS’ Bug That Cripples Nearby iPhones,...


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' debateThe iPhone 11 Pro’s Location Data Puzzler — Krebs on SecurityApple issued an explanation as to why this is happeningIt’s Apple Vs Putin, As Russia’s New Smartphone Ban ApproachesLos Angeles authorities warn travelers of...


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...


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: WirecutterCaution! These Black Friday “deals” may be bad for your security6 Cyber Security Tips...


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 ProApple TV+Bug in Facebook App Accesses the Camera in the BackgroundFacebook fixes bug that caused iOS app to use the camera in the backgroundNo one should buy the Facebook Portal TVAmazon Ring doorbells exposed home Wi-Fi passwords to hackersHow did...


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 CommittedResearchers use lasers to hack Siri, Alexa, Google assistantsApple updates its privacy page with sleek new lookiPad vs. MacBook: is iPadOS a game changer? Get 40% off Mac Premium Bundle X9,...


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 ProNew 13.2 Update Bricking Some HomePodsFacebook sues NSO Group, accusing them of exploiting WhatsApp last...


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 SafariAttacker Used Eye Reflections in Pop...


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 SafariApple Clarifies Tencent's Role in Fraudulent Website Warnings, Says No URL Data is Shared and Checks are Limited to Mainland ChinaHash (Wikipedia)Google exec...


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 CatalinaWhat Are 32-Bit and 64-Bit Apps, and Why Do They Matter?Setting Up a New Mac: Should You Migrate or Do a Clean Installation?After iTunes: macOS Catalina and the New Media AppsHow to Manage Media Files with...


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 13Developer of Checkm8 explains why iDevice jailbreak exploit is a game changerCorrect Horse Battery StapleResearchers Find New Hack to Read Content Of Password Protected PDF FilesLegit-Looking...


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 12Apple Security Update InfoAbout an issue that impacts third-party keyboard apps in iOS 13 and iPadOSFirefox and...


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...


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 HamiltonMac ObserverMac 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 QuietlyHow to keep older Macs...


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 defaultHackers Tweeted Racial Slurs From Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s AccountChloë Grace Moretz's Twitter Hacked, Apparently by Same Group That Took Over Jack Dorsey'sThe frighteningly simple...