Security

New cases promise to protect your iPhone from hackers...somehow

Say what you will about your phone, but Vysk doesn't think it's secure enough. Their new case, the QS1, announced today for both the iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S5 aims to amp up the physical and digital security of your smartphone. Plus there's a built-in battery for a bit extra juice to get you through your high security day.

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First smartphone 'kill switch' bill in the US passed by… Minnesota

The Governor of Minnesota signed a new bill into law that prohibits the sale of any smartphone without anti-theft software pre-installed. The idea is to deter criminals from stealing handsets in the first place by allowing users to remotely disable and wipe a phone's data, rendering it useless. If a stolen phone is remotely disabled, there wouldn't be any monetary incentive left in the endeavour.

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Bitly alerts users of widespread account compromises, claims no accounts have been accessed

If you've ever created an account for the url shortening service Bitly before, you'll want to listen up. Bitly has now announced via their blog that they have reason to believe that Bitly account credentials have been compromised and are suggesting users change their API keys and OAuth tokens.

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Apple is aware of iOS 7 mail attachment bug, working on a fix

A bug has been discovered in iOS 7 that causes email attachments to not be encrypted. Before anyone panics, however, in order for an attacker to exploit the bug they'd need to a) steal your device and, b) brute force or jailbreak-bypass the passcode or password, which c) currently means there's no risk to iPhone 4s and later devices running iOS 7.1 or later software. When reached for comment about the bug, Apple provided us with the following statement:

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John McAfee's Chadder aims to keep your crazy messages private

John McAfee and his new company, Future Tense Private Systems (FTC), have released an encrypted chat messaging app for mobile users. The app is named 'Chadder' and it is now available on Android and Windows Phone, with an iOS version due in the coming weeks. The app is meant to address the growing concerns of mobile users who worry about government eavesdropping, especially after the Edward Snowden NSA leaks in the news.

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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 architectural, that make it so that I — and anyone concerned with security — can't use it. Luckily, it's something that can and hopefully will be fixed with iOS 8 and OS X 10.10.

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Apple updates AirPort for SSL/TLS bug

If you're rocking one of Apple's newer routers, aka an AirPort with 802.11ac, head on into the settings and update that sucker. There's a security update that addresses SSL/TLS. Here's the deal with firmware version 7.7.3:

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OS X Security Update addresses Safari vulnerabilities and bugs

Apple has issued an OS X security update today that should improve compatibility, stability and security. The bulk of the update is centered around Safari 7.0.3, and has the following changes, per Apple:

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iPhone and iPad as amazing instances of applied cryptography

Following the publication of Apple's absolutely stellar iOS Security white paper in February, Steve Gibson of the TWiT network's Security Now! show spent three episodes going through it, providing extra explanation and context. Gibson was incredibly impressed by the iOS Security white paper, and by Apple's security implementation in general, calling it "amazing" many times over, especially the Apple A7 and its secure enclave. he also widely praised Apple's choices for the crypto they implemented, and especially how user- and privacy-focused their choices were.

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Apple says Heartbleed vulnerability did not affect their services or software

If you're concerned about iOS security or OS X security and are still wondering whether or not Apple services and software are affected by the Heartbleed vulnerability found in OpenSSL, Apple has now given an official statement on the matter.

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