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Apple 'actively investigating' alleged celebrity iCloud account hacks

Apple 'actively investigating' alleged celebrity iCloud account hacks

Yesterday a massive theft of photo data from celebrities made its way onto the internet. iCloud was named as the source of the data, though no information was provided as to how it was exploited. Regardless, it made headlines. Apple is aware and investigating. According to Re/code: Apple said...
Yosemite, iOS 8, Spotlight, and Privacy: What you need to know

Yosemite, iOS 8, Spotlight, and Privacy: What you need to know

A story made the rounds earlier today calling into question the new Spotlight Suggestions feature in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. In an effort to garner attention, it reports the collection and usage of the information required to enable this feature in a needlessly scary way. As any long time reader...
Apple comments on 'Wirelurker' malware, infected apps already blocked

Apple comments on 'Wirelurker' malware, infected apps already blocked

There are once again some needlessly scary security articles going around, this time concerning malware dubbed "WireLurker". WireLurker hides inside pirated apps and tries to get people to install it on the Mac so it can transfer data to and from the iPhone or iPad over USB. it's important to...
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How Apple keeps your SMS/MMS and call relays private and secure

How Apple keeps your SMS/MMS and call relays private and secure

With Continuity you can relay your SMS/MMS and calls from your iPhone to your iPad or Mac. That means, if your iPhone isn't close by, you don't have to go running for it just to take or make a text or call. As long as you have an iPhone and are logged into the same Apple ID on all your devices,...
No, Apple doesn't need to 'open up' to malware fear-mongers

No, Apple doesn't need to 'open up' to malware fear-mongers

Earlier this week the CEO of an anti-virus company wrote a "guest editorial" on a popular technology website, saying it was time for Apple to "open up" and — wait for it — allow anti-virus software on the iPhone and iPad. The premise is self-serving and the headline spit-take inducing, and it's...
How to stop iCloud Keychain from storing passwords or credit cards in Safari

How to stop iCloud Keychain from storing passwords or credit cards in Safari

iCloud Keychain lets you store passwords and credit cards for all your different logins rather easily. While you can always disable iCloud keychain altogether, you can also disable password and credit card saving not only individually, but on a per-device basis, and only for Safari. Perhaps you...
How Apple keeps your Handoff data private and secure

How Apple keeps your Handoff data private and secure

Handoff is part of Continuity, which is designed to make iPhones, iPads, and Macs work together more quickly, easily, and seamlessly than ever before. Rather than putting the same interface across all their devices, or making the web the center of the universe, Handoff is keeping things personal...
Tech giants rally together to curb NSA spying

Tech giants rally together to curb NSA spying

A number of big-name tech companies are teaming up to lobby the Senate to pass legislation that would limit the reach of the NSA's spying activities, Bloomberg reported today. The coalition of tech giants includes the likes of Apple, Google, and Microsoft, among others. The goal of the...
'Masque attack': Don't panic but do pay attention

'Masque attack': Don't panic but do pay attention

"Masque Attack" is the new name—given by security firm FireEye—to an old trick intended to fool you into installing malicious apps on your iPhone or iPad. Most recently detailed by security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski, tricks like Masque Attack won't affect most people, but it's worth...
Apple is working on a fix for Rootpipe, but here's why most of us aren't at risk anyway

Apple is working on a fix for Rootpipe, but here's why most of us aren't at risk anyway

Apple has confirmed to iMore that they're working on a fix for Rootpipe, an OS X exploit that's gotten a lot of attention recently. Rootpipe doesn't seem much different than other security bugs that are routinely discovered, disclosed, and dealt with during the normal course of Mac updates. So,...
Apple comments on 'Wirelurker' malware, infected apps already blocked

Apple comments on 'Wirelurker' malware, infected apps already blocked

There are once again some needlessly scary security articles going around, this time concerning malware dubbed "WireLurker". WireLurker hides inside pirated apps and tries to get people to install it on the Mac so it can transfer data to and from the iPhone or iPad over USB. it's important to...
In-depth look at CurrentC and the personal data they want to collect

In-depth look at CurrentC and the personal data they want to collect

Just as quickly as CurrentC popped into the limelight, questions arose around the companies intentions. Even though I don't have an invite for CurrentC's invite-only mobile payments and loyalty rewards system, I decided to take a look. I posted some initial findings on Twitter and a brief summary...
Why is the CurrentC app collecting your device information?

Why is the CurrentC app collecting your device information?

Over the last few days, CVS and Rite Aid have disabled NFC technology at their retail outlets to prevent customers from using Apple Pay. It's been reported that this is due to an existing deal in place with a system called CurrentC, which involves the use of an app, QR codes, your bank account,...

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