13 privacy improvements Apple announced at WWDC

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Thu, 02 Jul 2020 07:29:00 -0700

Apple continues to focus on the challenge of providing technology-driven convenience while protecting customer privacy in its upcoming operating system releases. Here are all the privacy-related improvements to expect in iOS 14, macOS 11 and iPad.

Why privacy matters

Fundamentally, the challenge with mobile technologies is the sheer quantity of personal data that can be collected and used against people.

A smartphone, for example, knows when it is picked up, how often, how high, who by, who it is in contact with, which websites you visit and much, much more.

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Apple Watch's planned handwashing reminder feature? I don't trust it

Credit to Author: Evan Schuman| Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2020 05:24:00 -0700

When Apple rolled out its planned changes for iOS 14 and its companion WatchOS 7– both are expected to be available for download in mid-September – it included a variety of interesting tweaks. Two stood out as especially interesting: a COVID-friendly Watch handwashing app and an enterprise-IT-friendly facial recognition app for video cameras and doorbells.

The more straight-forward effort is positioned as a consumer feature, where video camera and doorbell apps within iOS will be able to identify visitors by name if they happen to appear within a user’s photo library. It sounds rather cool for a consumer app, but I’m not sure how valuable it is. My doorbell app, for example, instantly shows me live video of the person at the door, so I can have a realtime conversation with whoever is there.

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Android 11's most important additions

Credit to Author: JR Raphael| Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2020 04:00:00 -0700

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Mobile security forces difficult questions

Credit to Author: Evan Schuman| Date: Thu, 28 May 2020 05:54:00 -0700

As governments consider COVID-19 contact tracing and its privacy implications, it’s not a bad idea for companies to take the opportunity to look more closely at their mobile agreements with employees. (By the way, just this week, Apple rolled out its latest iOS update, which included two COVID-19 updates, according to Apple: “iOS 13.5 speeds up access to the passcode field on devices with Face ID when you are wearing a face mask and introduces the Exposure Notification API to support COVID-19 contact tracing apps from public health authorities.”)

Today, IT has to deal with pretty much one of two mobile scenarios: BYOD. where the employee uses the employee’s personally owned device to perform enterprise business; and company-owned phones, which is the opposite: A company-owned phone where the employee, even if told not to, will use the phone for personal matters as well as business.

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Apple rejects flawed claims about its contact tracing tech

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Wed, 27 May 2020 06:31:00 -0700

Even as we consider revelations Facebook shelved internal research suggesting its algorithms generate divisiveness, Apple has been forced to reject damaging claims against its contact tracing tech currently spreading on Facebook.

Exposure Notification is not spying on you

Numerous hysterical myths concerning the Apple/Google contact tracing technology are being circulated on Facebook. A series of posts claim the Exposure Notification feature inside iOS 13.5 will allow authorities to track people’s locations and monitor who they meet – which is precisely what it tries not to do.

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How to protect against 'Apple' phishing scams

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2020 06:24:00 -0700

Checkpoint Research recently warned that criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 crisis with a wave of attempts to trick people into sharing their security credentials with fake emails.

To catch a phish

Apple, the research claims, is the most widely impersonated brand.

Phishing is the practice of impersonating legitimate messages from a brand in an email or other message in an attempt to trick people into accessing that service via insecure servers, sharing their login passwords and credentials when they do.

Criminals can then use this information to undermine account security, dig deeper into your identity to get even more confidential data, or even sell your details on the black market to other hackers.

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Everything we know about the Google/Apple COVID-19 contact tracing tech

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2020 07:29:00 -0700

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