Apple Pushing Two-Factor Authentication

Users of the Apple iOS 10.3 phone operating system are being offered two-factor authentication (2FA) for their Apple IDs.  This offers an additional layer of security for iCloud data, too.

As we have discussed in previous posts, the benefits of 2FA are that your account cannot be breached with only a stolen password.  In addition to the password, a one-time passcode is required to ...

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Apple Users Get Updates

If you are an Apple user, Apple released a number of updates released late in January that will fix security vulnerabilities in several platforms and services.  It was reported by US-CERT on January 23rd.

The release for Mac OSX Sierra is large, at 105 GB, and fixes many holes that would allow and attacker to remotely execute malware.  This is something you should fix immediately.

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Mac Users Targeted By Cyber-Attackers

applelogoThe Apple OSX platform has long held the cache of being invulnerable to attack.  Cyber-criminals have be crafting more exploits to target Macs, iPhones, and iPads, especially since 2012.  The reason for this, as explored in a recent article on SiliconBeat, is that Apple users tend to have more disposable income.  If you willingly pay more to have “the best” or most ...

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Your Smartphone and Tablet Need Security Too

phone-thiefMobile smart devices have all the capabilities of a laptop or computer.  What this means from a cybersecurity perspective is that they are every bit as vulnerable as a laptop or desktop computer.  The fact that they are small makes them easy for a thief to slip in a pocket or backpack and carry away, along with your personal information, contacts, pictures, geo-location history, and a raft of critical and revealing information.

In ...

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The Aftermath of Apple vs. The FBI

applelogoAs we all know, Apple refused to assist the FBI in cracking the iPhone 5c of the San Bernardino “terrorist” killers. The FBI took Apple to court.  Then the FBI dropped the case after successfully hacking the phone.  Then they successfully hacked another phone in a different case in New York.  Information appeared linking Israeli mobile security firm Cellebrite to the successful breach of ...

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Crypto-Ransomware Round-Up

cryptolockerSome of the nastiest exploits going around are the many variants of the CryptoLocker and CryptoWall malware that encrypt all your personal files and hold them for ransom.  Payment in bitcoin is required, in amounts starting at $200 and ranging upward to the $17,000 (400 BTC) that Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital just paid to unlock their files.  Or even more.  The amount will be whatever the attackers think they can extract from the victim.

  • The latest ...
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Security Improved in IOS 9

applelogoApple introduced IOS 9 recently and it is full of security improvements that matter.  You should upgrade if you haven’t already.  They include:

  • Passcodes increased from 4 digit to 6 digit PINs, which is 10,000 time stronger.
  • Two-factor authentication (2FA) for supported devices. Not all are, which is too bad.
  • Changes to the Apple Store to key annoying app vendors from bombarding you with crossgrade ads on products ...
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Macs Need Security Too

The Mac platform has become a popular target of cyber-criminals, partly because they have increased their percentage of the personal computer marketplace from 3% to 7%, partly due to the popularity of the iPhone, and partly because the consumer demographics of Apple customers generally point to people with more money who willing spend more to get the “best.”  In any event, if you are an Apple user clinging to the belief that the Mac is invulnerable, you are wrong.  You ...

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