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Security Researcher Raises Concerns over Apple's Two-Step Authentication

CEO Vladimir Katalov of the security software company Elcomsoft has published a post on CrackPassword outlining where he believes Apple’s two-step authentication comes up short. While he admits that the authentication works as advertised and it’s a good idea for people to enable it, he has also identified some areas that he thinks could use some improvement.

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Apple's two-step verification now enabled in Canada, additional countries

Apple's two-step verification service first rolled out in March, though only to a limited number of countries. Anyone outside the U.S, UK, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand was out of luck, but as 9to5Mac reports, the service has just been switched on in a host of new locations.

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How to enable message archiving for iCloud mail on iPhone and iPad

If you are familiar with Gmail, you're probably already familiar with archiving mail opposed to fully deleting it. You also have this option for iCloud mail as well. If you prefer archiving certain items for access later while deleting things you won't ever need again, follow along and we'll show you how.

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How to selectively back up app data to iCloud in order to save storage space

If you use iCloud in order to back up your iPhone or iPad, you're probably already aware that you only get 5GB per iCloud account for free. Depending on how many devices you have linked to your account, this may not be a lot at all. Unless you pay for additional storage, you may find your devices unable to back up after your storage is filled.

Choosing which app data you want to back up can save tremendous amounts of space in some cases. Follow along and we'll show you how to turn off backups for storage hungry apps.

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Debug 12: iCloud and Core Data sync

Daniel Pasco of Black Pixel, Brent Simmons of Ranchero Software, and Justin Williams of Second Gear talk to Guy and Rene about iCloud Core Data sync, why everyone seems to be in a bad mood about it, and how, if at all, Apple can fix it.

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The case for Apple slowing down, rather than speeding up

Instead of media and markets continuously hounding Apple about "what's next?!", there's a case to be made that Apple has already announced several services that could do with a little -- or a lot -- of their attention. It might not be as magical or revolutionary as a fresh name on a big slide, but making what's already here work better could also increase the value of Apple's platform as a whole. At least that's what Joe Cieplinski thinks:

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Seeing Apple through rose-colored blasters

Apple needs to fix their crappy designs and online services. I'm talking about green felt and iCloud sync. No, wait, I'm talking about brushed metal and MobileMe sync. No, wait again, I'm talking about pin stripes and .Mac sync. No... Come on, seriously, I've got this!

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iCloud gets kicked in the Core Data sync -- totally had it coming

iCloud -- specifically the iCloud frameworks for syncing Core Data databases -- has been getting kicked around lately, and by almost all accounts, deservedly so. Back in November developers like Instacast's Vemedio and Steve Streza of Informal Protocol posted about their problems with it and its opacity, and Paul Haddad expressed similar concerns during the second episode of Debug. More so even than Siri and Game Center server issues, it felt like proof positive that Apple faced significant challenges in a future where online services were as important as native software.

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Anatomy of the Apple ID password reset exploit

When The Verge broke news of Apple’s password reset vulnerability, they cited a step-by-step guide that detailed the process of exploiting the service. They declined to link to the source for security reasons, and rightfully so. However, now that Apple has closed the security hole the topic of how it worked and why is worth exploring.

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Apple rolls out fix for password reset security hole, iForgot site back up

Apple’s iForgot password reset page is now back online, and iMore has verified that the security hole, discovered earlier today in Apple’s password reset page, has been closed.

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