1B User Accounts Compromised in Massive Yahoo! Data Breach

· Jeff Gamet · News

Over a billion Yahoo user accounts compromised in single largest data breach ever

If you have a Yahoo! login, it’s time to go change your password again. The company says personal information for more than a billion users was stolen, including names and passwords. The security breach happened in August 2013, and is likely the largest ever.

Time for a Mac Security Checkup!

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

The end of the year is a good time to think through your security practices and especially what types of passwords you use (and how you store them). In today’s Quick Tip, Melissa Holt will walk us through a few of her favorite ways you can stay safe, both online and at home.

Preview: How to Create Encrypted PDFs

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

If you need to send a PDF with sensitive information on it through email, then encrypt it first! Please? OK, so calling someone to give him a password isn’t the most convenient thing on earth, but it’s better than having your data compromised. Especially if said data is your social security number. Come on in to read Melissa Holt’s Quick Tip on how to protect your PDFs!

Apple Squashes 11 Security Holes in iOS 10.2

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

iOS 10 with lock and chain

Apple released iOS 10.2 on Monday, and the company was much quicker than normal in releasing the security patch notes for the release. According to those notes, there are 11 security holes fixed in the release. Most of those holes are serious, and some allowed access to various aspects of a device when it should be locked.

macOS Sierra: Launching Apps from Unidentified Developers

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

macOS Sierra blocks apps it doesn't trust from launching

macOS Sierra wants to keep you safe from apps that might not have your best interests at heart, say like, ransomware that locks you out of your files until you pay out a couple bitcoin. But what about the apps Sierra won’t let you launch that you know are safe? There’s a fix for that once you know where to look.

That Time Apple Patched 3 Zero Day Exploits in Just 10 Days [Update]

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

The Spying Eye Waiting in Every Device

Vanity Fair has a great piece about zero day exploits, the black market for selling them (to mostly governments, including repressive regimes), how they’re used to spy, and how the whole thing came to be. The story, which is quite long, is built around a particular piece of sophisticated spyware discovered by a couple of researchers, and Apple’s “engineering feat” that patched against the exploits in just ten days.

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.

Apple Has the Experience to Make an AR Bombshell Come True

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Augmented Reality (AR)

From time to time, we get really excited about some new gadget from Google. But then we discover later that there’s long way to go to make it a successful consumer product. On the other hand, Apple is the kind of company that can productize a great new technology. Perhaps the Apple Watch has given Apple new confidence that it can do the same for AR.

Dyn DDoS Attack Shows IoT's Inherent Security Weakness

· Jeff Gamet · Analysis

server racks with open padlock for DDoS attack

Parts of the internet ground to a halt on Friday, October 21, when a group of hackers targeted Dyn with a distributed Denial of Service attack. The attack temporarily broke the path to many websites, including Twitter, and blocking similar attacks in the future will be a monumental task because the hackers used the internet-connected devices already in our homes.

macOS Sierra: Disable Auto-Logout if Sierra Enabled It

· Bryan Chaffin · MGG Answers

System Preferences in macOS Sierra

Some people have reported weird rebooting/logging out problems on their Macs after upgrading to macOS Sierra. Mac Geek Gab listener Ken was one of those folks, and he traced it to an auto-logout preference Sierra appears to have changed for him. Fortunately, resetting it is an easy fix. Bryan Chaffin shows you 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.

The Most Important Reason to Upgrade to macOS Sierra: Security

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Cyber security graphic.

When Apple launches a new version of one of its OSes, say, macOS Sierra, the first thing users think about is the features. If they’re a bit more methodical, they’ll look at their mission critical apps and monitor for updates from those developers. But, above all, a decision to not upgrade (or do it soon) must be balanced against the security updates folded into the new version.  John explains.

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.

Apple Patches 2 Critical Security Flaws in OS X Yosemite and El Capitan

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

The KRACK hack is being patched

Apple released separate security updates for OS X Yosemite and OS X El Capitan on Thursday. Both updates patch the same two critical security flaws. One flaw potentially exposed kernel memory, and the other allowed a maliciously crafted app to take over your system.

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 Patches Pangu Jailbreak Exploit with iOS 9.3.4

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone and bug

Apple released iOS 9.3.4 on Thursday, only a couple weeks after rolling out iOS 9.3.3. This surprise update shuts down the Pangu jailbreak, and the credit card and PayPal security breaches that came along with it.

New Security Threat Targets OS X, iOS through Graphics

· Jeff Gamet · News

iMac with monsters

There’s a new security threat for OS X and iOS that could let attackers remotely control your device or install malware by sending you an image file. The threat is fairly serious, although so far it’s still just a proof of concept, and Apple patched the flaw in OS X 10.11.6 and iOS 9.3.3.

How to Limit Pokémon GO's Access to Your Google Account

· Jeff Gamet · News

Pokémon Go Google account permissions

Nintendo and Niantic’s wildly popular Pokémon GO came under fire only days after it launched when users found out the game had permission to access everything in their Google accounts. Niantic said the game checked only basic account information and wasn’t supposed to get unfettered access to everything. There’s an patch out that fixes the permissions issue, but you’ll need to do more than simply install the update. Read on to learn how to limit Pokémon GO’s access to your Google account.