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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.




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...


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...


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 nightmareIf 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...


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,...