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New iPhone Lock screen bypass discovered — here's how to protect against it!

New iPhone Lock screen bypass discovered — here's how to protect against it!

A new iOS 7.1.1 iPhone Lock screen bypass has been discovered. Lock screen bypasses in and of themselves aren't new — trying to protect a phone while also allowing access to convenient features results is an incredible tension — but this one can provide access to an app, which makes it one of the...
iOS 7 Activation Lock bypass discovered, protect yourself with Touch ID or Passcode

iOS 7 Activation Lock bypass discovered, protect yourself with Touch ID or Passcode

A bug has been found in iOS 7 that allows a an attacker with physical control over a lost or stolen iPhone to get around Activation Lock and gain access to the device. Unfortunately, the method for circumventing Activation Lock has been made public. However, the bypass process requires the...
How iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 need to fix iCloud Keychain

How iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 need to fix iCloud Keychain

iCloud Keychain lets you generate, store, and manage strong, unique passwords between your iPhone, iPad, and/or Mac. In theory, that's an amazing win for both convenience and security. Unfortunately, it's only in theory. Sadly there are two big problems with iCloud Keychain, one conceptual, one...
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How to better protect your iPhone and iPad against 'backdoors' and other security and privacy risks

How to better protect your iPhone and iPad against 'backdoors' and other security and privacy risks

Security and convenience are perpetually at war. There will always be errors, compromises, and oversights that put our privacy at risk. Old ones will get fixed but new ones will get discovered. So what can we do? Luckily, while some of the conveniences of iOS and OS X make our devices easier to...
iOS diagnostic services, their uses and protections, outline by Apple in response to 'backdoor' allegations

iOS diagnostic services, their uses and protections, outline by Apple in response to 'backdoor' allegations

Earlier this week Apple reaffirmed to iMore that it had never worked with any government agency to create a backdoor in any product or service. That was in answer to questions raised by Jonathan Zdziarski concerning iOS privacy and security. Apple has now published a new support page titled iOS:...
Apple reaffirms it has never worked with any government agency to create a backdoor in any product or service

Apple reaffirms it has never worked with any government agency to create a backdoor in any product or service

On July 18, Jonathan Zdziarski, a former iOS jailbreaker and current iOS forensic scientist and law enforcement consultant, gave a talk at the HOPE X conference in New York City. Zdziarski's talk was on backdoors, attack points and surveillance mechanisms in iOS. In the talk he alleged that there...
How to prevent unauthorized pairing with your iPhone or iPad using Apple Configurator

How to prevent unauthorized pairing with your iPhone or iPad using Apple Configurator

When you connect your iPhone or iPad to iTunes on Mac or Windows, and choose to trust that computer, a pairing record is created that maintains that trust for future connections. There's a report going around that claims that if someone takes physical possession of your device and your computer,...
How to use Touch ID: The ultimate guide

How to use Touch ID: The ultimate guide

Touch ID is Apple's biometric fingerprint authentication technology. With it, the Home button can now unlock your iPhone 5s and authorize your purchases on the iTunes Store simply by reading and recognizing your fingerprints. In the perpetual battle between security and convenience, where many...
Best password manager apps for iPhone and iPad: 1Password, Dashlane, mSecure, and more!

Best password manager apps for iPhone and iPad: 1Password, Dashlane, mSecure, and more!

The best password manager apps for iPhone and iPad to help you create strong passwords, keep them secure, and use them when you need them! On the hunt for the best iPhone apps and best iPad apps to help you create, store, and manage all your passwords and logins? Passwords are what keep our...
New iPhone Lock screen bypass discovered — here's how to protect against it!

New iPhone Lock screen bypass discovered — here's how to protect against it!

A new iOS 7.1.1 iPhone Lock screen bypass has been discovered. Lock screen bypasses in and of themselves aren't new — trying to protect a phone while also allowing access to convenient features results is an incredible tension — but this one can provide access to an app, which makes it one of the...
Find My iPhone

Apple confirms iCloud breach not the reason behind Apple ID hijack

Yesterday, we reported that several iPhone and iPad users in Australia were locked out of their devices. Apple issued a statement today clarifying that the iCloud service, which forms the backend for the Find my iPhone service, was unaffected, and that users impacted by the hack should change...
Bizarre Australian iPhone, iPad hijack serves as yet another reminder to use unique passwords

Bizarre Australian iPhone, iPad hijack serves as yet another reminder to use unique passwords

There are reports coming out of Australia about iPhones and iPads somehow getting locked down by Find my iPhone, in some cases with a message claiming the devices will only be unlocked if a AUS$100 ransom is paid. What makes this bizarre is that it appears to only be happening in Australia (and...
Apple law enforcement data requests

Apple outlines how it handles law enforcement data requests

Apple has published a new set of guidelines that detail how government entities and law enforcement agencies can request user data, and what information the company can and cannot retrieve upon receipt of a search warrant or legal notice. The guidelines state that Apple will start notifying its...

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