Congressional Encryption Working Group Backs Encryption (with Mixed Message)

· Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

iPhone with Encryption Backdoor

The Congressional Encryption Working Group (EWG) released a year-end report this week stating specifically that, “strong encryption is essential to both individual privacy and national security.” This leaves Bryan Chaffin with hope, even though the report contained a few mixed messages.

Uber Location Privacy, AirPods Followup - TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-23

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Uber is in the spotlight again over privacy concerns. Bryan Chaffin and the Maccast’s Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to look at how Uber is collecting location data and how we can block that, plus Adam shares his AirPods experience.

How to Setup a VPN on iPhone with iOS 10

· Andrew Orr · Tips

Your VPN Is Ready

You might (or might not) know about using a VPN to keep your Mac secure. But did you know you can also use a VPN on your iPhone? Here’s how to set one up.

macOS Sierra: Enabling Your Mac's Firewall and Stealth Mode

· Jeff Gamet · How-To

macOS Sierra firewall and Stealth mode protect your Mac from local network hackers

Your Mac is pretty safe on your private home network, but what about when you’re surfing the Web in coffee shops? Anyone with a computer and rudimentary hacking skills could target you, which is why it’s important to make sure your Mac’s built-in firewall is enabled—and that Stealth Mode is turned on, too. Read on to learn how.

Thoughts About Apple's Secret iPhone 7 Chip

· John Martellaro · Editorial

FPGA

An intriguing chip has been discovered in the teardown of the iPhone 7. We know that it’s a field-programmable gate array (FPGA), but we don’t know what it’s intended to do. Speculation abounds. John has a SWAG.

Get Ready for the FBI's New Encryption Back Door Push

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone encryption

The FBI’s fight for government mandated backdoors into our encrypted data and devices is far from over, and Director James Comey says he plans to bring that back to the forefront next year. Mr. Comey says it’s time for an “adult conversation” on the topic, and that law enforcement needs an easy way to access our private data for criminal investigations.

WhatsApp's New Privacy Policy is a Big Trust Killer

· Jeff Gamet · News

Facebook WhatsApp data collection

When Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014, the WhatsApp team promised nothing would change for its users. Fast forward to today where WhatsApp changed its privacy policy to start sharing some information with Facebook. That feels like a betrayal to at least some users, and at a minimum it sure sounds like Facebook—the company with a reputation for playing fast and loose with our privacy—is about to have a link into our WhatsApp data.

How to Opt Out of WhatsApp's Facebook Data Sharing

· Jeff Gamet · News

WhatsApp open padlock

WhatsApp changed its privacy policy so it can share information with Facebook. The idea is that by sharing some information about you, Facebook can display more relevant ads. If that doesn’t sound like anything you’re interested in, don’t dispair because WhatsApp lets you opt out. Read on to learn how.

Apple Patches Critical Zero-Day Data Security Exploit in iOS 9.3.5 Update

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone and bug

Apple released iOS 9.3.5 on Thursday to address a big security flaw that could expose iPhone and iPad user’s personal data. The threat could be used to exploit information from email, contacts, text messages, phone calls, and more—and it looks like NSO Group has been doing just that so governments can spy on journalists and people they classify as dissidents.

Apple Watch: Using Notification Privacy

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

This Quick Tip is on a nifty feature of the Apple Watch, one that’ll prevent a wrist raise from showing off any recent notifications you’ve gotten. You might spend all day texting with your friends, but no one else needs to know what those conversations are about, do they?