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iOS 11: SMS third-party messaging filtering helps you control spam

iOS 11: SMS third-party messaging filtering helps you control spam

Apps can examine text messages to tag them as ham or spam, but it raises privacy issues.

09/22/17

No VPNs in China: Why Apple withdrew VPN apps from its China App Store
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No VPNs in China: Why Apple withdrew VPN apps from its China App Store

A small firestorm erupted after Apple removed VPN software from its App Store in China, which might provide a template for other countries to follow.

08/01/17

Update to iOS 10.3.3 now: Apple patches serious Wi-Fi exploit

Update to iOS 10.3.3 now: Apple patches serious Wi-Fi exploit

Apple’s iOS 10.3.3 patch fixes Broadpwn, a vulnerability that can be exploited over Wi-Fi.

07/21/17

How iOS 11 changes location tracking on your iPhone and iPad

How iOS 11 changes location tracking on your iPhone and iPad

Apple is making it more obvious that an app is tracking your location as a background task.

07/10/17

macOS High Sierra: The new Safari takes steps to reduce persistent user tracking, but is it enough?

macOS High Sierra: The new Safari takes steps to reduce persistent user tracking, but is it enough?

High Sierra Safari has Intelligent Tracking Prevention, but controlling browser-based blocking isn't the whole story.

07/03/17

How safe is iMessage in the cloud?

How safe is iMessage in the cloud?

Apple says iOS 11 and High Sierra will store your iMessages in iCloud, and sync Siri and Photos’ people identification, too.

06/26/17

How to keep your data secure when you travel with your Mac, iPad, and iPhone

How to keep your data secure when you travel with your Mac, iPad, and iPhone

With increased demands for passwords and personal information at border crossings, take the right steps before you arrive.

06/19/17

How to use HTTPS to improve web security

How to use HTTPS to improve web security

Web security is often seen as something that only large companies can have an impact on. You can help, too.

06/12/17

How to make sure you’re properly managing user-owned encryption on macOS

How to make sure you’re properly managing user-owned encryption on macOS

Being the only entity that has access to your passphrase or encryption key is ever more important. Companies are taking notice.

06/05/17

Phishing through homographs: Letters that look alike but lead you astray in some browsers

Phishing through homographs: Letters that look alike but lead you astray in some browsers

An old, unsolved problem with non-Roman characters in domain names raises it head again, but you can deter it.

05/29/17

Apple’s new iCloud security requirements: How it affects you and the software you use

Apple’s new iCloud security requirements: How it affects you and the software you use

Starting June 15, you have to use a unique password for non-Apple contacts, calendar, and email apps, but Apple isn’t going far enough.

05/22/17

You can’t avoid the relentless emails warning of hacking attempts
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You can’t avoid the relentless emails warning of hacking attempts

A modern problem: if you’ve secured accounts well, you could be bombarded with break-in notifications.

05/08/17

Uber’s not alone in tracking users when apps are deleted

Uber’s not alone in tracking users when apps are deleted

But it’s unclear how widespread the practice is, whether Apple plans a crackdown, and how deeply it has an impact on user privacy.

05/01/17

New macOS malware OSX/Dok requires a lot of manual steps
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New macOS malware OSX/Dok requires a lot of manual steps

OSX/Dok is now blocked, but it didn’t rely on any system exploits to install.

05/01/17

Little Flocker reincarnates as Xfence, a free beta from F-Secure

Little Flocker reincarnates as Xfence, a free beta from F-Secure

A ransomware-protection tool will continue in development as Xfence.

04/26/17

Some password-manager apps that store data centrally get it right

Some password-manager apps that store data centrally get it right

You might be concerned from recent attacks that secrets stored by 1Password and LastPass are at risk. The details say they're not.

04/18/17

Protect against potential ISP snooping by using https and a VPN

Protect against potential ISP snooping by using https and a VPN

A bill passed by Congress, if signed by the president, would prevent the FCC from putting in place Obama-era rules to restrict ISP tracking of your online actions.

04/03/17

Antivirus software won't save your Mac from future malware

Antivirus software won't save your Mac from future malware

Mac malware keeps appearing, but very little of it hits many people. How should you protect yourself in 2017?

03/29/17

Security check: Which apps have permission to access your online accounts?

Security check: Which apps have permission to access your online accounts?

A recent social-media hijacking reveals how poor services are about aging out unused connections.

03/28/17

How to use Find My iPhone and Find My Mac, the best part of iCloud

How to use Find My iPhone and Find My Mac, the best part of iCloud

Find Your iPhone, iPad, and Mac aren't new, but they're often forgotten when setting up a system—or when a device goes missing.

03/27/17

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