How and why Apple users should switch to DuckDuckGo for search

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2019 07:54:00 -0700

Like liberty for all, privacy demands vigilance, and that’s why Apple users who care about either are moving to DuckDuckGo for search.

Why use DuckDuckGo?

Privacy is under attack.

It doesn’t take much effort to prove this truth. At time of writing, recent news is full of creeping privacy erosion:

And then there’s Duck Duck Go.

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How to take control of Face ID (with tools you may not know exist)

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:00:00 -0700

If you travel frequently and use an iPhone or iPad then you simply must familiarize yourself with these two tips – they’ll make it much easier to secure your device and its contents when you are on the move.

In praise of Face ID

I’ve become very used to using Face ID. It’s seamless.

On the iPhone, I like that I can pay for groceries with a look and find it much easier to use in the dark than the Home button.

My iPad experience is similar, but I do get annoyed sometimes that I must raise the tablet slightly to get the face angle right – this isn’t always as intuitive as I would like.

All the same, given Apple’s claim that there is a 1 in 50,000 chance that someone else’s fingerprint will unlock your iPhone and a 1 in 1,000,000 chance that it will be unlocked by another person’s face, I’ll always opt for the highly secure choice.

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How Apple is improving iCloud this year

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Tue, 09 Jul 2019 07:06:00 -0700

Apple quite evidently plans many interesting improvements in its iCloud service this year. So, what’s going on?

What we know so far

Apple at WWDC made several announcements that will be reliant on iCloud – these include obvious things like new services and support for new functions, and less evident topics around sync, data and AI.

Most recently, the company began beta-testing Touch ID and Face ID access to iCloud.com online, meaning that if you happen to be using an Apple device (Mac, iPad, iPhone) you can access your online iCloud services with the touch of a finger or a quick eye scan.

This may also be Apple’s way of testing the privacy-protecting Sign-in with Apple service it intends launching later this year.

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Kampf der Giganten: Apple tritt gegen Anmelde-Services von Facebook und Google an

Credit to Author: Jörg Schindler| Date: Thu, 06 Jun 2019 06:58:43 +0000

Die Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) wartete mit einigen Überraschungen auf. Eine davon war ein neues Feature, das die Anmeldung für Apps und Websites privater gestalten soll: &#8220;Sign In with Apple&#8221;. Der neue Anmelde-Service soll unerwünschte Nebenwirkungen anderer Lösungen unterbinden. Bisher meldet man sich für Dutzende von Konten auf Websites mit einer Mail-Adresse und [&#8230;]<img src=”http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sophos/dgdY/~4/Touja9JOGXo” height=”1″ width=”1″ alt=””/>

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Message to IT: Trusting Apple and Google for mobile app security is career suicide

Credit to Author: Evan Schuman| Date: Mon, 01 Jul 2019 05:47:00 -0700

Ready for the mobile security news that IT doesn’t want to hear about but needs to? When security firm Positive Technologies started pen-testing various mobile apps, security holes were rampant.

We’ll plunge into the details momentarily, but here’s the upshot: “High-risk vulnerabilities were found in 38 percent of mobile applications for iOS and in 43 percent of Android applications” and “most cases are caused by weaknesses in security mechanisms — 74 percent and 57 percent for iOS and Android apps, respectively, and 42 percent for server-side components — because such vulnerabilities creep in during the design stage, fixing them requires significant changes to code.”

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How ‘Find My’ Mac works in macOS Catalina and iOS 13

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2019 08:13:00 -0700

Apple is changing how its Find My Mac tool works in macOS Catalina and iOS – it will now use Bluetooth and should find your Mac even when it is asleep.

How does ‘Find My’ Mac work?

Apple is combining two apps – Find My Friends and Find My iPhone into a new ‘Find My’ app.

The combined app offers what we are used to from each one of these individual apps, but introduces new tools based on Bluetooth.

The ideas is that it will use low energy Bluetooth signals to help bring people together with lost things.

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What the latest iOS passcode hack means for you

Credit to Author: Lucas Mearian| Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 14:25:00 -0700

A mobile device forensics company now says it can break into any Apple device running iOS 12.3 or below.

Israeli-based Cellebrite made the announcement on an updated webpage and through a tweet where it asserted it can unlock and extract data from all iOS and “high-end Android” devices.

On the webpage describing the capabilities of its Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED) Physical Analyzer, Cellebrite said it can “determine locks and perform a full file- system extraction on any iOS device, or a physical extraction or full file system (File-Based Encryption) extraction on many high-end Android devices, to get much more data than what is possible through logical extractions and other conventional means.”

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WWDC: Apple’s iOS 13 NFC improvements are good for business

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2019 07:08:00 -0700

Apple will make NFC much more useful in iPhones running iOS 13, and these enhancements will impact the retail, medical, government and security industries.

What is Apple changing?

Apple already uses NFC to support Apple Pay and the Apple Pay Express Transit system which is rolling out at this time.

While it has incrementally extended the tasks NFC supports over the years, the company has limited its NFC support to the NDEF standard until now, but extends this with support for new standards in its Core NFC Framework in iOS 13.

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WWDC: Get to know Apple’s 11+ new privacy tools

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Fri, 07 Jun 2019 05:22:00 -0700

Apple introduced an array of additional privacy protections at WWDC 2019. Many of these both offer protection and help us better understand how our privacy is undermined.

Why does this matter?

Apple CEO Tim Cook is passionate about the need to protect user privacy and this is by no means a one man mission.

Speaking with Vector, Apple’s VP Software Technology, Bud Tribble stressed the need to educate people into the needs and benefits of privacy, a topic he believes is much more” widely discussed now than before.

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