The future of security: smarter devices that protect themselves

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Why Macs and iPhones should avoid installing 'orphan' apps

There are many reasons any business with a connected fleet of tech products needs robust security policies in place. But the need to protect the enterprise against vulnerabilities inherited with third-party software must be among the biggest motivators. While I shouldn’t need to convince Computerworld readers to keep things locked down, I want to reprise two recent reports to reinforce the warning.

Half of all macOS malware comes from one app

Elastic Security Labs (via 9to5Mac) recently estimated that half of all macOS malware is installed as a result of poor management of the MacKeeper utility app. The report said almost 50% of Mac malware arrives through its installation.

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Do you really know what’s inside your iOS and Android apps?

It’s time to audit your code, as it appears that some no/low code features used in iOS or Android apps may not be as secure as you thought. That’s the big take away from a report explaining that disguised Russian software is being used in apps from the US Army, CDC, the UK Labour party, and other entities.

When Washington becomes Siberia

What’s at issue is that code developed by a company called Pushwoosh has been deployed within thousands of apps from thousands of entities. These include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which claims it was led to believe Pushwoosh was based in Washington when the developer is, in fact, based in Siberia, Reuters explains. A visit to the Pushwoosh Twitter feed shows the company claiming to be based in Washington, DC.

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Maintenance Mode aims to keep phone data private during repairs

Categories: News

Tags: Samsung

Tags: mobile

Tags: cellphone

Tags: device

Tags: maintenance mode

Tags: privacy

Tags: security

Tags: data

Tags: snooping

Tags: repairs

Tags: fix

We take a look at a new mode developed by Samsung which aims to keep data safe during a repair.

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Gas, a positive social network for teens (no, really)

Categories: News

Tags: Gas

Tags: social network

Tags: poll

Tags: polls

Tags: mobile

Tags: iPhone

Tags: app

Tags: schools

Tags: kids

Tags: teens

Tags: teenagers

Tags: fun

We take a look at a fairly exclusive app designed for teens which claims to come with none of the nastiness found elsewhere online.

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Man scammed IRL for a phone he sold online

Categories: News

Tags: scam

Tags: fake

Tags: fraud

Tags: sale

Tags: selling

Tags: bank transfer

Tags: app

Tags: phone

Tags: mobile

Tags: social media

We take a look at reports of scammers using fake bank transfer apps to make it look as though they’ve bought your for-sale item.

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How Ukraine’s MacPaw got its business ready for war

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