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No, OS X is NOT the 'most vulnerable OS' despite shoddy reporting

No, OS X is NOT the 'most vulnerable OS' despite shoddy reporting

Security, as we take great pains to repeatedly point out, is something that deeply affects people. It affects their stress and trust levels when dealing with technology. When it's misreported it turns what should be an empowering experience into one of fear, uncertainty, and doubt. And it's far...
Apple Watch, Apple Pay, and wrist detection: What you need to know

Apple Watch, Apple Pay, and wrist detection: What you need to know

Once you've unlocked your Apple Watch, wrist detection can keep it unlocked for as long as the screen is on or it maintains skin contact. As security systems go, wrist detection is clever: It lets you have the convenience of accessing your Apple Watch without having to continually re-enter your...
John Oliver on government surveillance

John Oliver on government surveillance

Privacy is one of the single most important issues of our time. Apple is making it a top-tier, customer-facing feature and hoping it becomes a major competitive advantage. Because 'privacy' can seem ephemeral, and doesn't have the obvious value of money, so many of us trade it away with little or...
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Apple Watch, Apple Pay, and wrist detection: What you need to know

Apple Watch, Apple Pay, and wrist detection: What you need to know

Once you've unlocked your Apple Watch, wrist detection can keep it unlocked for as long as the screen is on or it maintains skin contact. As security systems go, wrist detection is clever: It lets you have the convenience of accessing your Apple Watch without having to continually re-enter your...
Regarding Apple Watch and Activation Lock

Regarding Apple Watch and Activation Lock

Unlike the iPhone, the Apple Watch doesn't yet feature Activation Lock. A theft deterrent system that requires your iCloud password to be disabled, Apple added Activation Lock to iOS in 2013 The Apple Watch, which runs a variant of iOS called Watch OS, doesn't yet secure the device beyond the...
Apple's FaceTime is end-to-end encrypted. Google Hangouts... isn't

Apple's FaceTime is end-to-end encrypted. Google Hangouts... isn't

Lack of end-to-end-encryption means that conversations on Hangouts, if subject to a legal order, can be wiretapped or otherwise surveilled. Google hadn't disclosed this information until a recent Reddit AMA (ask me anything) and a Vice follow-up that resulted. It's not clear whether Google has...
Max out your privacy with Apple

Max out your privacy with Apple

These days Apple is one of the only (if not the only) global-scale consumer tech companies that seems to prioritize customer privacy. Apple doesn't merely keep your personal data private, they increasingly make it harder for them (or anyone) to even collect it in the first place. Yes, even...
The Rootpipe vulnerability is back, but most people still don't have to worry

The Rootpipe vulnerability is back, but most people still don't have to worry

Rootpipe, a "privilege escalation" vulnerability Apple patched in OS X 10.10.3, turns out to have a wider target area than original thought. A "privilege escalation" vulnerability means that if someone already has malicious code on your Mac, they can use something like Rootpipe to gain deeper...
iOS apps are secure — it's 'security' advertorials that remain a threat

iOS apps are secure — it's 'security' advertorials that remain a threat

Another day, another CEO from a "security software" company pens a "guest editorial" saying Apple needs to open up to — guess what? — "security software". Just like the last time, the premise is self-serving, the headline spit-take inducing, and it's absolutely not worth rewarding negative...
iCloud Photo Library and security: What you need to know!

iCloud Photo Library and security: What you need to know!

iCloud Photo Library promises to make pictures and video a core part of Apple's iOS and OS X, but how does it keep them safe and secure? Our photos can be as personal and private as our messages, as our financial information, as our identities. iCloud Photo Library wants to make sure all our...
How to disable quick reply messaging on the Lock screen of your iPhone or iPad

How to disable quick reply messaging on the Lock screen of your iPhone or iPad

Quick reply messaging from your Lock screen may be convenient, but it isn't secure. With interactive notifications you can swipe left across any iMessage on the Lock screen and quickly send off a reply, no passcode, password, or Touch ID required. That's great if you're always in a rush and just...
John Oliver on government surveillance

John Oliver on government surveillance

Privacy is one of the single most important issues of our time. Apple is making it a top-tier, customer-facing feature and hoping it becomes a major competitive advantage. Because 'privacy' can seem ephemeral, and doesn't have the obvious value of money, so many of us trade it away with little or...
Regarding web ads redirecting to the App Store

Regarding web ads redirecting to the App Store

You land on a web page in mobile Safari and all of a sudden you're torn away and dumped into some game on the Apple Store. We've gotten complaints about this — and experienced it ourselves — for what feels like a couple years. Something causes a web page, when opened, to immediately redirect you...

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