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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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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TSMC's iPhone chip attack is a wake-up call for enterprise security

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Mon, 06 Aug 2018 05:21:00 -0700

Apple chipmaker TSMC suffered a serious WannaCry-related ransomware infection that closed down production at some of its factories. The incident should be a wake-up call for manufacturers across every industry.

Manufacturing is under attack

TSMC has said the incident was not the result of a direct attack. Instead it says its systems were exposed to the malware “when a supplier installed tainted software without a virus scan.”

The malware spread fast and impacted some of the company’s most advanced facilities used to build Apple’s A-series chips.

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TSMC's iPhone chip attack is a wake up call for enterprise security

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Mon, 06 Aug 2018 05:21:00 -0700

Apple chipmaker TSMC suffered a serious WannaCry-related ransomware infection that closed down production at some of its factories. The incident should be a wake-up call for manufacturers across every industry.

Manufacturing is under attack

TSMC has said the incident was not the result of a direct attack. Instead it says its systems were exposed to the malware. “When a supplier installed tainted software without a virus scan,” it said.

The malware spread fast and impacted some of the company’s most advanced facilities used to build Apple’s A-series chips.

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Apple users ‘most appealing’ to cybercriminals' online scams

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Wed, 01 Aug 2018 06:17:00 -0700

Apple’s platforms may be the most secure, but this is driving cybercriminals to more devious ways to undermine iOS and Mac security — partly because hacked Apple user credentials are among the most valuable properties you’ll find on the so-called dark web.

A complex crime

There is no doubt at all that Apple is growing in the enterprise, which is why every iOS or macOS user needs to understand that the new cyber threats aren’t confined to annoying viruses, trojans, or malware attacks.

Enterprise security chiefs are becoming increasingly aware that network, device, location-based, and user security must also be seen as part of the mix. Platform security is only one element to an overall security picture.

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