Security

Google, sadly, tells ad developers how to disable Apple's transport security

App Transport Security is Apple's forward-looking way to make sure any communications between an app and a web server are done using TLS 1.2 and SHA256 or better security. That way nobody can eavesdrop on or tamper with your private data. Yesterday Google not only told developers how to disable it, including giving them the code to do it.

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Nothing to fear but fear-mongering itself

Some text was put up on the internet this weekend that contends Apple has such centralized control over iOS that, if it were ever to turn evil and become the instruments of surveillance states, there'd be nothing to protect us because Apple actively patches jailbreak exploits and doesn't allow the installation of non-App Store apps.

It's about as rational as saying not to eat at McDonald's because one day they could start dosing all their fries with Paxilon Hydrochlorate, or not to watch YouTube videos because on day they could start spreading brain-blowing blipverts.

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tpwn OS X exploit: What you need to know

tpwn is a vulnerability that affects OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks through 10.10.5 Yosemite, but does not affect the currently-in-beta OS X 10.11 El Capitan. With tpwn, malicious code on your Mac could escalate its privileges—gain "root" access—and potentially exploit the system. The vulnerability was released without warning—also known as a 0day—and without prior disclosure to Apple. That means Apple learned about it pretty much when the rest of the world did.

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Lenovo once again reminds everyone why it's better to get a Mac

Back in February Windows PC manufacturer Lenovo was caught injecting Superfish adware onto some of their laptops, not only exploiting their own customers but leaving those customers open to man-in-the-middle attacks. Now they've been caught using something akin to a rootkit to make sure their own customers can't cleanly reinstall Windows, not without Lenovo re-intalling updaters, app installers, and system data collectors as well.

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Masque attack: Media scaring people via misreported security flaw

Masque Attacks—the abuse of Apple's iOS developer certificates to try and trick people into installing malware apps on their iPhones or iPads—is once again making major headlines because the recently hacked Hacking Team was using them in its toolkit. So, what does that mean for us?

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DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE and malware: What you need to know

DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE is an OS X 10.10 Yosemite vulnerability that could allow malicious code on your Mac escalate its privileges—gain "root" access—and potentially exploit the system. Now, an anti-malware company has reported finding just such malicious code "in the wild", meaning already being used to try and install malware on Macs.

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Thunderstrike 2: What you need to know

Thunderstrike 2 is the latest in a line of Mac security vulnerabilities that, due to sensationalized reporting, are often a greater risk to customer stress levels than they are actual physical hardware. Still, Thunderstrike 2 is absolutely something every Mac owner should be aware of and informed about.

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Apple Pay to the rescue!

Last week, Iconfactory developer Craig Hockenberry received an all-too-familiar call: One of his credit cards had been used to make a fraudulent transaction, and he didn't have a backup card available. But he did have Apple Pay on his iPhone—and Apple Pay was all he needed.

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How to wipe all personal data and erase your iPhone and iPad

If you're selling your iPhone or iPad or passing it on to someone else, the first thing you'll want to do is make sure they won't have access to any of your personal data. Fortunately, iOS makes it very easy to wipe all your data off your old iPhone or iPad, no computer required. Here's how:

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Security writer says 'Goodbye Android', switches to iPhone

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai is a longtime Android aficionado, security journalist, and historically not a fan of Apple. And yet he's switching to iPhone. Find out why!

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