Security

Apple issues statement on iCloud.com attacks

Apple has issued a statement regarding the attacks on iCloud.com, originally reported yesterday. Apple says that they are aware of the attacks, and they outline steps that users can take to make sure they are secure when using the iCloud website. Apple says a little about the security measures for the website, and details what you should see when logging into iCloud on Safari, Chrome, and Firefox.

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Hundreds of Dropbox accounts compromised via third party service; change your password now

Earlier today, a thread surfaced on Reddit offering up 400 Dropbox usernames and passwords in plain text, with a note that over seven million accounts have been compromised in total. Dropbox has since announced on its blog that it wasn't hacked, and that the leaked passwords were stolen from a third party service.

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Spyware targets Hong Kong protestors using Android, jailbroken iPhones or iPads

There's a new kind of spyware going around called Xsser that's reportedly targeting protestors in Hong Kong. The spyware — which appears to have ties to Android malware discovered last week — is installed via a Debian package and requires a victim's iPhone or iPad to be jailbroken. Breaking the root jail of iOS can provide for functionality beyond what Apple currently ships, but also strips away Apple's built-in iOS security. The same way jailbroken software can be loaded, malicious software can be loaded. (Same goes with bypassing Android's default security settings, as well as when you open up a phone to root access.) So what's going on with Xsser and how can you protect yourself?

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Best Touch ID compatible apps for iPhone: Protection and convenience all in one!

When Apple first introduced Touch ID in 2013, they only allowed you to utilize it for unlocking your iPhone and for confirming App Store purchases. Now, thanks to iOS 8, app developers can securely take advantage of Touch ID to protect and secure purchases, notes, passwords, and other kinds of app data. These are currently the best iPhone apps that take advantage of Touch ID in a useful and meaningful way!

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Lockdown makes two-factor security less painful on iPhone

Launched in time for the release of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, Lockdown is a new iOS app that allows you to easily manage your two-factor authentication keys across devices. It's like Google Authenticator, but on cross-service steroids.

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Locking down iOS 8: How Apple is keeping your iPhone and iPad safe!

Apple has posted a new version of their terrific white paper on iOS security, this one updated for iOS 8 an dated September, 2014. I haven't had time to read through it yet, but if last year's version is any indication, encryption enthusiasts should be in for a treat. The timing, immediately following iOS 8's release, and Tim Cook's letter on privacy, probably isn't a coincidence. Apple is making privacy and security both a differentiator and they want this information out there.

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BitTorrent Bleep is a P2P messenger that provides end-to-end encryption for Mac users

BitTorrent is looking to make communications more secure with the launch of a new P2P service called Bleep. The service launched earlier this year in pre-alpha form for Windows users, and now BitTorrent is expanding the alpha program to Mac users.

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App-specific passwords coming to iCloud for third-party app sync

If you use a third-party app that stores and synchronizes data with iCloud, Apple will soon require you to use specific passwords for those apps to access information in iCloud. This will allow your actual iCloud password to be masked while still granting access in a secure way to those apps to retrieve, store, and synchronize information with your iCloud.

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Two-factor authentication returns to iCloud

Ahead of its iOS 8 roll-out on Wednesday, Apple has revived the two-factor authentication security system for iCloud. Two-factor authentication will bring increased security to iCloud by allowing users to tie in a verified SMS number or connected device, making it harder for an unauthorized user to hack an iCloud account even if they have your password or log-in credentials.

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Apple beefs up device security, closes 'back door' exploits with iOS 8

Apple has made some important security upgrades with the iOS 8 gold master, making it harder to scrape data from iPhones and iPad. A number of iOS services are more guarded, and a couple of wireless vulnerabilities have been addressed. For example, third-party application data can no longer be dumped across Wi-Fi. This curtails much of the threat from wireless surveillance of an iOS device, according to iOS forenics researcher Jonathan Zdziarski:

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