Apple makes welcome change to 'Big Sur' security for Macs

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2021 07:41:00 -0800

When Apple shipped macOS Big Sur in November, researchers quickly spotted a strange anomaly in the system’s security protection that could have left Macs insecure. Apple now seems to be dealing with this problem, introducing a fix in the latest public beta release.

What was wrong?

For some strange reason, Big Sur introduced a controversial and potentially insecure change that meant Apple’s own apps could still access the internet even when a user blocked all access from that Mac using a firewall. This wasn’t in tune with Apple’s traditional security stance. What made this worse is that when those apps (and there were 56 in all) did access the ‘Net, user and network traffic monitoring applications were unable to monitor this use.

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Apple’s mythical AirTags shimmer slowly to release

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2021 08:03:00 -0800

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Apple seems to be closer to actually introducing the near-mythical AirTags, which you’ll no doubt use to track hardware, devices, and the vehicles that make up your transit fleet.

What we think we know

This is a long-running story. We first began to anticipate introduction of these products after WWDC 2019. Later, we thought they might show up even before the iPhone 12, or even as part of the company’s holiday season launches.

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A week in security (December 28 – January 3)

Credit to Author: Malwarebytes Labs| Date: Mon, 04 Jan 2021 15:52:48 +0000

A roundup of cybersecurity news from December 28 – January 3 including a Zyxel backdoor, a patched Google Docs bug, and breach data for sale.

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Don’t let your kids’ online classes be disrupted by cyberattacks!

Credit to Author: Quickheal| Date: Thu, 24 Dec 2020 06:07:11 +0000

Beware of cyberattacks happening through online classes!2020 will be remembered for a lot of sweeping changes and online classes are definitely on top of…

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Thoughts on Apple versus Facebook

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2020 05:21:00 -0800

War against Apple by Facebook has officially begun, with the social media giant spending some of its user data-targeted ad revenue on a series of press ads against the computer company, presumably because using its own platform to spread such claims may fall foul of anti-trust law.

You are the product

Facebook is making the usual hyperbolic arguments around “standing up for small business” and “making sure the internet stays free,” though it isn’t entirely clear when Facebook became “the internet,” or why we as users aren’t paid for the provision of the personal data on which the social mediam company builds its business.

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Apple's Privacy Nutrition Labels, available now and good for business

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2020 10:05:00 -0800

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Apple VP Federighi wants competitors to copy Apple's privacy protection

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Tue, 08 Dec 2020 03:43:00 -0800

Apple Vice President of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, discussed his company’s thoughts on ad tracking and more at the European Data Protection and Privacy Conference today. Not surprisingly, he stressed the importance of privacy for Apple — which has made it a centerpiece — in particular and users in general.

Privacy is possible…

It is “absolutely possible to design technology that respects [customer] privacy and protects their personal information,” Federighi said during this speech. “When it comes to privacy protections, we’re very happy to see our competitors copy our work, or develop innovative privacy features of their own that we can learn from.”

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A week in security (November 23 – November 29)

Credit to Author: Malwarebytes Labs| Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2020 10:44:12 +0000

A roundup of cybersecurity news from November 23 – 29, including Zoom, Spotify, and the IoT Cybersecurity Bill.

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