Apple announces a new iPhone (and you can’t have it)

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Fri, 09 Aug 2019 06:55:00 -0700

Apple has announced a new iPhone for 2020, but it will only be made available to a select group of security researchers – along with huge bounties to anyone informing the company of a new OS vulnerability.

Probably the world’s most exclusive iPhone

Ivan Krstić, Apple’s head of security engineering provided big insights into Apple’s platform security during his presentation at Black Hat U.S. 2019.

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Zoom fixes webcam flaw for Macs, but security concerns linger

Credit to Author: Matthew Finnegan| Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2019 11:51:00 -0700

Zoom released a patch this week to fix a security flaw in the Mac version of its desktop video chat app that could allow hackers to take control of a user’s webcam. 

The vulnerability was discovered by security researcher Jonathan Leitschuh, who published information about it in a blog post Monday. The flaw potentially affected 750,000 companies and approximately 4 million individuals using Zoom, Leitschuh said.

Zoom said it’s seen “no indication” any users were affected. But concerns about the flaw and how it works raised questions about whether other similar apps could be equally vulnerable.

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Microsoft delivers Defender ATP security service to Macs

Credit to Author: Gregg Keizer| Date: Tue, 09 Jul 2019 11:42:00 -0700

Microsoft on Monday made good on a March pledge by announcing that its most sophisticated endpoint security service is now available for Macs.

Microsoft Defender ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) for Mac shifted to what the company calls “general availability” on June 28, wrote Helen Allas, a principal program manager on the enterprise security team, in a July 8 post to a company blog. Core components of Defender ATP, including the latest – “Threat & Vulnerability Management,” which made it to general availability a week ago – now serve Macs.

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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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WWDC: Has Apple closed the door on non-Mac App Store apps?

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2019 07:58:00 -0700

Ever since Apple introduced the Mac App Store developers have warned it plans to close off its platform, so news the company will insist on App Notarization in macOC Catalina set those critics off again. The thing is, it’s a little more complicated.

What is Apple doing?

Yes, Apple is making it a little more difficult for Mac users to install apps that aren’t sold at the Mac App Store or made available from bona fide developers happy to submit their software for the company’s speedy App notarization service.

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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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WWDC: What you need to know about Sign In with Apple

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Tue, 04 Jun 2019 11:32:00 -0700

There’s lots of interest in Apple’s new Sign In with Apple system, a highly secure, private way to sign in to apps and websites. Here’s what you need to know:

What is Sign In with Apple?

Apple has noticed that sign-in systems for services, apps, and websites rely on services that use your action of signing in to place cookies on your computer and track what you do.

Apple’s focus on privacy means it is attempting to restrict such practices, which is why it has developed the new system as a more private way to sign into these apps and services.

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Do Apple devices need anti-virus software?

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Thu, 16 May 2019 06:03:00 -0700

Apple’s devices are far better defended against malware and viruses than other platforms, but does this mean they don’t need anti-virus software?

No, yes and maybe

I’ve lost track of the number of times Mac users have told me Macs don’t need virus protection because they are inherently more robust against such attacks.

I’ve also lost count of how many security researchers have said that Apple devices are becoming more liable to being attacked as their market share grows.

Both are right. Both are wrong.

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Apple edges closer to cursory code review for all Mac apps

Credit to Author: Gregg Keizer| Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2019 04:25:00 -0700

Apple will soon make a code review mandatory for all applications distributed outside its own Mac App Store by new developers, a first step towards requiring all Mac software to pass similar reviews.

The Cupertino, Calif. company argued that the process, which it calls “notarization,” would build a more secure macOS environment. “We’re working with developers to create a safer Mac user experience through a process where all software, whether distributed on the [Mac] App Store or outside of it, is signed or notarized by Apple,” the company stated in an April 10 message on its developer portal.

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