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Apple Watch open to Activation Lock bypass, can be paired with other iPhones

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Date: Thursday, May 14th, 2015, 07:13
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iPhone, News, security

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This may be something that’ll need to be fixed in a near-term firmware update.

A new video has shown that the Apple Watch’s wrist-detection, which is designed to ask for your passcode if the wearable is removed from your wrist. The iDownloadBlog video demonstrates how the Apple Watch can be reset without having to enter the passcode, then paired with any other iPhone.

iPhones are protected by Activation Lock, which means that even if a thief performs a hard reset of the phone, it cannot be reactivated without the original owner’s Apple ID and password. The Apple Watch, however, has no such protection, and does not require a passcode to wipe it.

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This is Nifty: Medium offers secure, self-destructing dictated messages with Confide app

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Date: Thursday, May 7th, 2015, 08:56
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPhone, News, security, Wearables

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This could be pretty interesting.

Medium’s Confide, which has surfaced for the Apple Watch, allows users to send end-to-end encrypted messages that delete themselves forever as soon as they’re read.

The app also works with iOS’ Handoff, allowing you to edit your messages between iOS devices before sending with customizable notifications alerting you to new messages as they arrive.

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Apple releases iOS 8.3 update

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Date: Wednesday, April 8th, 2015, 15:39
Category: iOS, iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security, Software

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It’s a day of muchos updates for OS X and iOS users.

On Wednesday, Apple released version 8.3 of its iOS operating system.

The new version, a 487 megabyte download, contains a massive helping of fixes and changes. Among them are more than 300 new emoji symbols, a scrolling keyboard, additional languages for Siri and improvements to unknown number filters in iMessage.

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1Password 5.3 for OS X released, includes slew of fixes, changes, new features

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Date: Tuesday, April 7th, 2015, 08:43
Category: News, security, Software

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Arguably the best password protector/security application for OS X just got better.

On Monday, AgileBits released version 5.3 of its 1Password application for OS X. The new version, a 36.5 megabyte download, includes a massive list of fixes and changes including time-based one-time passwords for two-step verification, new language translations, bug fixes, core improvements and the like.

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Uncovered documents point towards CIA-sponsored program to break iOS device encryption, install backdoors

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Date: Tuesday, March 10th, 2015, 09:45
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security, Software

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When the CIA sponsors a full-on “jamboree” focused on breaking the security found in the iPhone and iPad, there’s something to be said for that.

According to recently obtained top-secret documents, security researchers were gathered at a CIA-sponsored “Jamboree” event wherein attendees discussed strategies for exploiting security flaws in household and commercial electronics. The conferences have spanned nearly a decade, with the first CIA-sponsored meeting taking place a year before the first iPhone was released.

By targeting essential security keys used to encrypt data stored on Apple’s devices, the researchers sought to thwart the company’s attempts to provide mobile security to hundreds of millions of Apple customers across the globe. Studying both “physical” and “non-invasive” techniques, U.S. government-sponsored research has been aimed at discovering ways to decrypt and ultimately penetrate Apple’s encrypted firmware. This could enable spies to plant malicious code on Apple devices and seek out potential vulnerabilities in other parts of the iPhone and iPad currently masked by encryption.

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Apple releases Security Update 2015-002 for OS X 10.8, 10.9, 10.10 operating systems

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Date: Tuesday, March 10th, 2015, 08:22
Category: News, security, Software

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It’s not a huge security update, but it came out yesterday and is probably worth snagging.

Late Monday, Apple released Security Update 2015-002, a 4.8 megabyte update containing updated security fixes for the OS X 10.8, 10.9 and 10.10 operating systems.

The update, which addresses vulnerabilities such as the “FREAK” attack, can be located and installed through OS X’s Software Update/App Store features and requires a quick restart to install.

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OS X malware on the rise, tips posted as to how to remove it

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Date: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015, 08:33
Category: News, security, Software

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This is worth a gander.

A recent piece on How-To Geek points out the dramatic rise in malware for Mac OS X, the article highlighting a spike in spyware, adware and overall malware that comes with clicking the wrong items during an installation.

Once installed, the adware injects itself directly into your browser, analyzing your Web traffic, email and sending data back to company servers. The overall message is this: even though you’re a Mac user, there’s additional malware on the rise and it’s time to form some better habits where security is concerned. In the meantime, the Mac App Store is still secure thanks to Apple vetting what goes through there, although not all vendors distribute their software through this store front.

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Hacker group may have hidden within the NSA for 14 years, successfully compromised OS X, iOS devices among other efforts

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Date: Tuesday, February 17th, 2015, 06:40
Category: iOS, News, security, Software

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This goes into the category of “man, it’s long, but you’ve got to read it”.

An article on Ars Technica discusses the Equation Group, a group of hackers that had an incredible amount of success, were able to use revolutionary methods in their work and may have been embedded within the National Security Agency.

In addition to the findings, researchers within the Kaspersky Group found “redirects that sent iPhone users to unique exploit Web pages. In addition, infected machines reporting to Equation Group command servers identified themselves as Macs, an indication that the group successfully compromised both iOS and OS X devices.”

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Apple expands two-step verification to iMessage, FaceTime services

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Date: Friday, February 13th, 2015, 04:31
Category: News, security, Software

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This might come in handy where security is concerned.

Apple has now expanded the number of services protected by its two-step verification service, security-conscious users now able to count iMessage and FaceTime among those features protected by the service.

Beginning today, those who have opted in to the two-step verification program will be asked to provide a one-time security code the next time they configure iMessage or FaceTime on a device.

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Apple releases OS X 10.10.2 update

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Date: Tuesday, January 27th, 2015, 17:55
Category: News, security, Software, Yosemite

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You’ve been hankering for it.

And it’s here.

On Tuesday, Apple released its long-awaited OS X 10.10.2 update. The update, a 400+ megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Resolves an issue that may cause Wi-Fi to disconnect.

- Resolves an issue that may cause web pages to load slowly.

- Fixes an issue that caused Spotlight to load remote email content when the preference was disabled in Mail.
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