Stats make iOS a hard OS to ignore

Credit to Author: Evan Schuman| Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 03:00:00 -0700

The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system — iOS 12 — was released just a few weeks ago, and yet it’s already installed on 53% of relatively newer iPhones (introduced since September 2014) and 50% of all iPhones. Bottom line: It’s the fastest acceptance of any Apple OS.

This is more than a minimally interesting statistic. It illustrates the key difference between Apple mobile devices and Android mobile devices: Although there are more Android users on the globe, Apple’s users are much more of a community. That means many things from an Apple marketing perspective, but for IT, it means far greater security.

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Bloomberg blunder highlights supply chain risks

Credit to Author: Adam McNeil| Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2018 16:00:00 +0000

A potentially erroneous report from Bloomberg claimed that Chinese spies were able to infiltrate US hardware supplier Supermicro, and therefore, our technology supply chain. Learn how this unverified story could ultimately come true—and what, if anything, can be done to stop it.

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Spy chips on servers? Lessons learned (and questions to ask)

Credit to Author: Ryan Faas| Date: Sat, 06 Oct 2018 04:17:00 -0700

On Thursday, Bloomberg Businessweek published an in-depth report alleging that Chinese suppliers for server hardware company Supermicro had placed microchips onto motherboards ordered by the San Jose-based company that were later sold to fill orders from as many as 30 customers. 

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Safari users: Where did your extensions go?

Credit to Author: William Tsing| Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:00:00 +0000

Safari has begun blocking legacy extensions installed from outside the Extensions Gallery. Unfortunately, implementation of this policy has been abrupt, with little explanation for users on why their extensions are being yanked. Let’s look at how Apple’s new policy and how its application impacts security.

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Sophos Mobile and Central Device Encryption: Day zero support for macOS Mojave

Credit to Author: Matt Cooke| Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:00:15 +0000

Sophos Mobile and Sophos Central Device Encryption are ready to protect Apple’s latest version of macOS today.<img src=”http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sophos/dgdY/~4/-zqOlBDVC10″ height=”1″ width=”1″ alt=””/>

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Easy way to bypass passcode lock screens on iPhones, iPads running iOS 12

Credit to Author: Darlene Storm, Michelle Davidson| Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:16:00 -0700

Update for iOS 12

With iOS 12 and iPhones that have Touch ID, you can still bypass the iPhone lock screen and trick Siri into getting into a person’s phone. The bypass is the same as it was in earlier versions of the operating system:

  • Press the home button using a finger not associated with your fingerprint authentication, prompting Siri to wake up.
  • Say to Siri: Cellular data.

Siri then opens the cellular data settings where you can turn off cellular data.

As was the case before, anyone can do this. It doesn’t have to be the person who “trained” Siri.

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Mac App Store apps are stealing user data

Credit to Author: Thomas Reed| Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2018 17:08:24 +0000

There are several apps in the Mac App Store that are collecting data about users that they should not be collecting. Here’s what you need to know.

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Alleged SIM Swapper Arrested in California

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2018 16:58:17 +0000

Authorities in Santa Clara, Calif. have arrested and charged a 19-year-old area man on suspicion hijacking mobile phone numbers as part of a scheme to steal large sums of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The arrest is the third known law enforcement action this month targeting “SIM swappers,” individuals who specialize in stealing wireless phone numbers and hijacking online financial and social media accounts tied to those numbers.

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