Apple pushes privacy theme in Safari for iOS 12, 'Mojave'

Credit to Author: Gregg Keizer| Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2018 03:23:00 -0700

Apple upgrades its Safari browser on macOS and iOS just once a year, making the refresh more strategic than most of its rivals, notably Google, which last year had eight separate opportunities to add features or functionality to Chrome.

The next Safari, which will be bundled with macOS 10.14 ‘Mojave’ and iOS 12, and offered as a separate download for those who stick with macOS High Sierra (10.13) and Sierra (10.12), thus must make its enhancements count.

On the security and privacy side, Safari tries its hardest to build a case. Here are the important ways Apple’s browser – which shed user share on both the desktop and on mobile over the past year – has staked its reputation for the next 12 months.

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Apple wins praise for adding 'USB Restricted Mode' to secure iPhones

Credit to Author: Lucas Mearian| Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2018 12:43:00 -0700

Apple confirmed today it will close a security hole that has allowed law enforcement officials, working with forensic companies, to break into iPhones to retrieve data related to criminal investigations.

In the upcoming release of iOS 12, Apple will change default settings on iPhones to shutter access to the USB port when the phone has not been unlocked for one hour. In its beta release of iOS 11.3, Apple introduced the feature – known as USB Restricted Mode – but cut it from iOS 11.3 before that version was released publicly.

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Apple bans cryptocurrency mining apps on iOS to protect mobile users

Credit to Author: Lucas Mearian| Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2018 12:36:00 -0700

Using an iPad or iPhone to mine bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies would be hard to do, as the CPU power available to complete the task would be a drop in the bucket compared to what’s needed.

But using a portion of the CPU power from thousands of iPads or iPhones to mine cryptocurrency makes more sense – and that’s exactly what some malware has been doing.

Apple is now moving to stop the practice.

[ Further reading: The way blockchain-based cryptocurrencies are governed could soon change ]

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Apple's Health Record API released to third-party developers; is it safe?

Credit to Author: Lucas Mearian| Date: Thu, 07 Jun 2018 03:11:00 -0700

Apple at its Worldwide Developers Conference this week released an API that allows  developers and researchers to create applications that connect to Health Records, a feature released with iOS 11.3 that allows patients to port their electronic health info to mobile devices and share data between care providers.

While the move promises to streamline the sharing of healthcare data, it also could open the door to that highly sensitive data falling into the wrong hands.

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What is Apple hiding with iOS 11.4?

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Thu, 31 May 2018 06:48:00 -0700

Have you installed iOS 11.4? Once you’d looked at AirPlay 2and Messages in iCloud, did you happen to take a look at the contents of the security updates?

‘Details available soon’

If you did you’ll have been disappointed.

Apple hasn’t disclosed details concerning the security content of the new software. It hasn’t revealed anything concerning USB Restricted Mode, which apparently makes it harder for people to hack into your device.

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How to use Apple’s Messages in iCloud for iOS, Mac

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Wed, 30 May 2018 05:30:00 -0700

Along with key HomePod improvements, Apple also introduced Messages in iCloud with iOS 11.4. It’s a useful feature designed to store your Messages and attachments in iCloud, but enterprise users should think twice before enabling it.

Security is everything

I’m not saying iCloud is not secure – so long as you use a six-or more digit passcode or (better, but more awkward) an alphanumeric passcode, it’s highly secure. I’m reasonably confident a strong password, Apple’s own systems and its insistence you use two-factor authentication is enough for most of us.

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WWDC: Apple’s NFC plan is a big developer opportunity

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Tue, 29 May 2018 08:01:00 -0700

Apple will open up fresh opportunities for developers as it extends Near Field Communications (NFC) support in iOS to more uses.

NFC: Apple’s story so far

Apple introduced support for a new NFC framework called Core NFC at WWDC 2017. Developers were pleased, but the implementations were rather limited.

Core NFC let developers build apps that read NFC tags, but only for things like visitor attractions and museum exhibitions.

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How to see everything Apple knows about you (u)

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2018 04:41:00 -0700

Apple has at last introduced a new tool that lets you request and download everything the company knows about you, including all the data it gathers and retains when using the company’s retail outlets, iCloud, apps, products, and services.

Why is this tool available?

In part, Apple has made this information available to bring it into line with Europe’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) legislation, laws designed to better protect individual privacy in an online age.

Google, Facebook, Twitter, and almost every other company has also had to introduce these tools, making it far easier for users to compare the quantity and depth of information these unconstrained corporations hold about them.

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