Britain's Home Secretary Pushes for Encryption Back Door

· Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Cellebrite's servers hit with data breach

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd says it’s time for technology companies to give law enforcement a way to decrypt private communications because terrorists shouldn’t have a way to secretly chat. Her comments come in the wake of a terrorist attack in London where five people were killed.

UK Anti-encryption Push, Woz at Startup World Cup - TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-27

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

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There’s a new government call to for tech companies to let law enforcement bypass our security and encryption, but this time it’s from the United Kingdom. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to look at the ramifications if the U.K. forces the issue, plus Bryan fills us in on Steve Wozniak’s presentation at Startup World Cup.

App Store Quality Issues, Change Your iCloud Password - TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-24

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

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Apple’s App Store has loads of apps, but that doesn’t mean they’re all great or easy to find. Dave Hamilton and the Maccast’s Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to discuss the quality issues they’re seeing on the App Store, plus they explain why changing your iCloud password right now is a good idea.

Pwn2Own Hackers Found Two Safari Zero Day Exploits

· Andrew Orr · News

Yesterday was the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest, and also marks the contest’s 10th anniversary. Hackers compete in challenges to find security holes in popular software and mobile devices. This year, two Safari zero days were found by the white-hat hackers.

Android Insecurity, Messaging Anachronisms, and Legacy Apple Auctions - ACM 402

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Bryan and Jeff try and wrap their heads around a world where malware is being installed on Android devices in the supply chain, before customers even get the devices. They also take a trip into the anachronistic world of sealing wax and sealing wax stamps, as well as the fascinating world where 40 year-old Apple I computers are auctioned for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Apple Big Security Hire, Twitter and Two-factor Authentication - TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-15

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

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It’s security time on TMO’s Daily Observations. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple hiring security specialist Jonathan Zdziarski, plus they talk about why two-factor authentication is so important. They also talk about what an awesome asset Tom Negrino has been to the Apple community.

How to Enable Two-factor Authentication for Your Twitter Account

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

Lock down your Twitter account with two-factor authentication

Waking up to find out your Twitter account has been hijacked to post antisemitic messages is a pretty crappy way to start your day. That’s why enabling two-factor authentication for your Twitter account is so important. It takes several steps, so follow along to learn how.

Someone Is Slipping Malware Into Android Devices in the Supply Chain

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Android assembly line with a hacker breaking into them

Get this: someone is slipping malware into Android devices while they’re still in the supply chain. Security firm Check Point found evidence that malware, adnets, spyware, and even ransomware was installed on some 36 Android devices before customers touched them. Devices from Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, ZTE, Lenovo, Asus, and Oppo were included in Check Point’s report. Bryan Chaffin explains.

Apple Already Patched Most CIA Hacks From Wikileaks Report

· Jeff Gamet · News

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According to the Wikileaks Vault 7 information dump, the CIA has been hard at work developing hacks to get into the data on our iPhones. Most of the exploits listed in the report, however, are already patched and Apple is working on taking care of the remaining few.

Wikileaks, CIA, and iPhone Hacks - TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-08

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

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With the Wikileaks report out saying the CIA developed hacking tools to get into our iPhones, John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to look at Apple’s security measures for our mobile devices. They also look at the negative message Apple is sending customers by not giving us solid information about the Mac, and Kelly Guimont drops by for a few minutes, too.

iOS 10 Spying Possible With iCloud Backups

· Andrew Orr · News

A scary piece from Motherboard brings to attention a tool for iOS 10 spying. A company called Mobistealth sells a special monitoring tool that can pull data from iCloud backups. And the device doesn’t need to be jailbroken to work.

macOS Sierra: Delete And Reinstall 1Password To Refresh Certificate [Update]

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

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Agilebits announced that 1Password users were getting an error message when trying to start the app. This error is due to the expiration of the developer certificate this past Saturday. The company knew the certificate was expiring but didn’t realize it would cause an issue with the software. [Updated with download link.]

Apple Buys RealFace, but that Doesn't Mean We're Unlocking iPhones with Our Face Yet

· Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Apple may use iris scanning in the iPhone 8

Apple added another facial recognition company to its stable. This time it’s RealFace, the company behind the photo picker app Pickeez. Reports speculate Apple bought the company so it can jump into using facial recognition instead of Touch ID to unlock our iPhones. That may be Apple’s long-term plan, but don’t count on Touch ID going away any time soon.

iPhone 8: Goodbye Home Button, Hello Function Area

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone 8 Home button may be replaced with on-screen function area and facial recognition

The latest in the steady stream of iPhone 8 reports says the familiar Home button with Touch ID is going away and in its place we’ll get the Function Area. That’s fancy talk for a space at the bottom of the iPhone screen for a row of virtual buttons.

Getting Two-Factor Verification Codes for Your Apple ID

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

If you’re using two-factor authentication for your Apple ID (and you should be!), then you’re likely familiar with how you’ll approve access from your trusted devices with a six-digit code. But what if that code never comes through or you accidentally dismiss the prompt? Well, in today’s Quick Tip, we’re going to show you an easy way to generate a new one from your Mac or iOS device!

Iris Scanning for the iPhone 8 Gets a Big Maybe

· Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Apple may use iris scanning in the iPhone 8

Apple’s iPhone 8 will include an iris scanner and wireless charging, making it even more Star Trek-like than any iPhone that’s come before. Both are likely, although it’s possible sources are misreading Apple’s iris scanner plans.

Deleted Browser History From Safari Gets Saved To iCloud [Updated]

· Andrew Orr · News

Browser history in phone breaker

In unnerving news, Forbes reports that your web browsing history in Safari gets stored in iCloud, even if you deleted it. Using a special tool, a security analyst accidentally discovered an iCloud record called “tombstone,” and this is where Apple stores the deleted history.

Hackers Post Cellebrite's Smartphone Cracking Tools Online

· Andrew Orr · News

UFED hacking tools

A hacker dumped 900GB of hacking tools and data used by Cellebrite. The cache of data is on Pastebin, for now, at least. Cellebrite is an Israeli security company that came to public prominence when the FBI used its services to hack into the San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone.