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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.




Silver Sparrow Malware Targets Apple’s New M1 Macs

Silver Sparrow malware has been found targeting Macs, including Apple's new M1 models, but we don't know what the malware is trying to do. Apple has started going after App Store subscription scams, patches an iCloud website vulnerability, will make "zero-click" attacks harder to carry out in iOS. And, yes, we have some good news for Android users. Show Notes: Galaxy products launched since 2019, including the Z, S, Note, A, M, XCover and Tab series, will now receive at least four years of...


A New Amazon Phishing Scam, Malvertizing, and Apple Activation Lock Removal

A new Amazon phishing scam doesn't include links to click, but rather a telephone number to call: beware! Malvertizing takes advantage of a zero-day WebKit vulnerability to display deceptive ads, and serve malware. And Apple has set up a website for people to request the removal of activation lock on devices they own. Show Notes: Fraudulent Website Warning gets privacy boost in iOS 14.5Hash function (Wikipedia)Apple fixes bug that let users begin macOS Big Sur installation without enough...


Software Updates, Scam iPhone Apps, and Using Safari Browser Extensions

There were a number of important security updates to key software this week: macOS, Chrome, Edge, and even Plex. We discuss how upgrading a Mac to Big Sur without enough space can cause data loss, we look at scam apps on the iOS app store, and we talk about using Safari browser extensions on the Mac Show Notes: macOS 11.2.1 updateLatest Chrome 88 Update Includes Important Fix for Zero-Day VulnerabilityPlex Media servers are being abused for DDoS attacksBig Sur Upgrade not Enough Free Space =...


Face ID with Masks, a sudo vulnerability, and Apple's Privacy Labels

Apple is testing a new feature allowing users with Face ID iPhones to unlock them with their Apple Watch, if they're wearing masks. There's a vulnerability with the sudo command in various Unix distributions, including macOS. And we discuss how Apple's privacy labels have been abused already by developers. Show Notes: iOS 14.5 adds support for unlocking your iPhone with Apple Watch while wearing a face maskAbout the security content of macOS Big Sur 11.2, Security Update 2021-001 Catalina,...


Apple Updates, Web Browsers, and Ergonomics

Apple updated most of its operating system, and these updates are important because they patch vulnerabilities that are exploited in the wild. We talk about some web browsers and Flash, and we discuss ergonomics and how you can make your workstation healthier. Show Notes: iOS 14.4 Patches Vulnerabilities That May Have Been Actively ExploitedRace ConditionApple Seeds Second Release Candidate Version of macOS Big Sur 11.2 to DevelopersThe blink tagFirefox 85 removes Flash and adds protection...


DNS, Lost Bitcoin, and the new Big Sur Control Center

DNS is in the news, following a warning from the NSA and new malware. We discuss how common it is for law enforcement to crack smartphones, and how this should prompt you to choose a more secure passcode for your device. We look another bitcoin owner who's lost millions. And we discuss the new Control Center in macOS Big Sur. Show Notes: Brave becomes first browser to add native support for the IPFS protocolInterPlanetary File SystemThe NSA warns enterprises to beware of third-party DNS...


How iTunes Changed Apple

iTunes is 20 years old. Even if, on the Mac, that name has been eclipsed, the iTunes brand still exists, and iTunes is one of the reasons that Apple is such a strong services company. We also look at some new AppleScript malware, how some millionaires are losing Bitcoin because they forgot their passwords, and discuss "brushing," a new semi-scam where people received Amazon deliveries they never ordered. Show Notes: macOS malware used run-only AppleScripts to avoid detection for five...


New Year’s Resolution: Cull Your Notifications

There's new malware attacking cryptocurrency apps, WhatsApp warns users about data it is sharing with Facebook, and Apple loses a copyright fight with a company that virtualizes iOS so security researchers can look for vulnerabilities. We also look at how you can manage and secure notifications on your devices, so you don't get too distracted, and also so personal information isn't visible when your devices are locks. Show Notes: Operation ElectroRAT: Attacker Creates Fake Companies to Drain...


A Brief History of Adobe Flash Player: From Multimedia to Malware

On December 31, 2020, Adobe Flash Player is officially dead. This browser plugin, which provided multimedia content for the early internet, has been plagued by security issues, and became the most exploited vector for malware on the Mac. We look back on 25 years of Flash. Show Notes: The History of Adobe Flash Player: From Multimedia to MalwareArticles about Flash on the Intego Mac Security Blog Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download...


Looking Back on the Year in Apple Security

As the year ends, we look back on the security issues that arose in 2020, including malware that bypassed Apple's checks, Flash Player malware, and malware that specifically targeted Mac developers. Show Notes: Apple security in 2019: year in reviewApple Security 2020: The Year in Review Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is the ultimate protection and utility suite for your Mac. Download a free trial now at, and use this link for a special discount when you're ready to buy.


Understanding Apple’s App Privacy Information

Apple has introduced new app privacy information on its app stores, explaining how developers collect data. We also look at this week's Apple updates, including one for iOS 12, and even iCloud for Windows. And we discuss how Google is manipulating links in emails, ostensibly to protect users. Show Notes: Apple releases iOS 12.5 for older iPhones with support for COVID-19 exposure notificationsGmail Click-time Link ProtectionsPayPal introduces new fee for dormant accountsApp privacy details...


What Do You Want for Christmas?

Apple announces new over-the-ear headphones, AirPods Max, and we discuss whether these meet the needs of our hosts. Apple doubles down on anti-tracking rules, and WhatsApps complains about Apple's coming "nutrition labels" about data collection in apps. And Apple and Cloudflare have come up with a new way of sending DNS requests that protects privacy. Show Notes: Apple AirPods MaxApple Could Ban Apps That Don't Follow iOS 14 Anti-Tracking Rules, Says Software Chief Craig FederighiU.S. and...


A Week with the New MacBook Air

We discuss how new security features in macOS Big Sur can make it difficult to install certain apps. We talk about Amazon Sidewalk, a feature that will share your bandwidth from Amazon devices. We look at an astounding remote wi-fi exploit that could have let hackers access your iPhone. And Kirk discusses his first week with the new MacBook Air, which has surprised him. Show Notes: Black Friday; Securely Dispose of Your Old Mac; The HomePod mini – Intego Mac Podcast Episode 163Protecting...


Black Friday; Securely Dispose of Your Old Mac; The HomePod mini

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up, we give some tips on buying older devices that may be insecure. We discuss how to audit your subscriptions with Apple, so you don't pay for what you're no longer using. We look at how to securely dispose of a Mac when you're selling or giving it away. And we talk about the new HomePod mini: is it the right smart speaker for you? Show Notes: Caution! These Black Friday “deals” may be bad for your securityIdentify your iPad modelHow to manage...


How To Prepare Your Mac for macOS Big Sur

Apple released macOS Big Sur last week. On release day, there were a number of issues, including problems launching apps on Macs. We discuss what happened, and how Apple is changing its Gatekeeper security check. We also talk about when you should upgrade to Big Sur and how you should prepare your Mac for the big upgrade. Show Notes: MacBook Pro 2013 and 2014 may get bricked — wait until Apple fixes thisMac users couldn’t launch apps this afternoon after Apple verification server issueSafely...


Apple Launches New Macs, and Big Sur Arrives

Apple announced three new Macs with its own processors, the first of a transition of the complete line of Macs to Apple silicon that should be complete in about two years. At the same time, macOS Big Sur is released. We discuss the new Macs, Apple's M1 "system on a chip", and a two-year old Apple bug that still hasn't been fixed. Show Notes: Apple neglects to fix “fake headlines” bug usable for election interferenceApple Announces First Macs with Apple SiliconApple unleashes M1 Intego Mac...


What to do if you think you have malware on your Mac

Sometimes when things start going wrong on your Mac, you may think you have malware. In this episode, Josh and Kirk discuss the possible signs of a malware attack, and the steps to take if you think that you've been infection. In the introduction, we said we didn't think there would be much Apple-related news this week, but we learned that Apple will be announcing new Macs, and the release date for macOS Big Sur, on November 10, so we'll be covering that in the next episode. Show Notes: What...


Will Quantum Computing Change Computer Security?

Quantum computing is just around the corner, and it will affect the way computer security works. Strong passwords and encryption will be cracked, and we'll need new ways to secure our data and identity. We also discuss complaints against Apple's coming anti-tracking protection in iOS, and we revisit the suggestions that Apple may build its own search engine. Show Notes: iOS 14's Upcoming Anti-Tracking Prompt Sparks Antitrust Complaint in FranceApple, Google and a Deal That Controls the...


5G Is Here: What Does This Mean for You?

Josh and Kirk discuss 5G: what it is, how it works, and how fast it is. Is it worth getting a new iPhone 12 for 5G? Also, we look at another case of Apple notarizing malware, and a new RAT that started out on Windows and is now threatening the Mac. Show Notes: Apple notarizes new Mac malware… againApple notarizes dozens of Mac malware samples (August, 2020)GravityRAT moves from Windows to target Mac and AndroidGravityRAT: The spy returnsIPStorm botnet expands from Windows to Android, Mac,...


Apple's New iPhone 12 and HomePod mini

Josh and Kirk talk about Apple's announcement of the iPhone 12, and whether they plan to upgrade. They explain the point of the HomePod mini, and discuss what Siri can do with this new home device from Apple. We also look at the new MagSafe charging system on the iPhone 12. Show Notes: Apple Announces iPhone 12 and HomePod miniApple HomePod Review: Superior Sound, but Limited by SiriApple HomePod compared to Sonos OneEverything you can do with the Apple HomePodAbout HomePod theater mode...