macOS Mail Stores Encrypted Emails in Plain Text

· Andrew Orr · Link

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IT specialist Bob Gendler found that macOS Mail was storing encrypted emails in plain text. He first notified Apple on July 29, but only got a temporary fix from the company 99 days later on November 5.

The main thing I discovered was that the snippets.db database file in the Suggestions folder stored my emails. And on top of that, I found that it stored my S/MIME encrypted emails completely UNENCRYPTED. Even with Siri disabled on the Mac, it *still* stores unencrypted messages in this database!

Mr. Gendler shard a fix in his blog post.

Free Sectigo S/MIME Certificates Limited to One Month

· Andrew Orr · Link

Free Sectigo (formerly Comodo CA) S/MIME certificates, which is a standard used to encrypt emails, are now limited to one month instead of twelve.

On renewing this month, have found that the new issued Certificate only has a 1 month duration instead of 12 months, and if you want 12 months, you now need to pay. (US$48 per year, multi-year discounts available). Note: Sectigo’s Sales Team all ensure me that they still offer 12 months free, despite evidence otherwise.

If you use one of these certificates for email encryption on macOS and iOS, be warned you may have to look for another solution, like OpenPGP.

How to Protect Yourself from the Efail Encrypted Email Security Flaw

· Jeff Gamet · How-To

Mail load remote content settings

If you’re using S/MIME, PGP, or GPG encryption for messages in Apple’s Mail app or other email client apps, you could be susceptible to what’s being called Efail. You can protect your messages until app updates addressing the flaw are released, and it’s easy to do.

Physical Security Matters, Too – Mac Geek Gab 652

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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SMC Resets, Migration Assistant tricks, Auto-Upgrade solutions and Renting vs. Owning your Cable Modem are just the beginning for your two favorite geeks today. S/MIME is taken to a whole other level with guest Jeff Butts who helps us all understand how to make this work on both macOS and iOS! Then it’s time to dive into your system certificates – and which ones you can touch vs. those that you can’t. Security is always on the mind and a quick VPN discussion rounds that out. Then John and Dave move on to something more pleasing to the ear: sound, and how best to manage it on your Mac!

Apple, Why Don't You Want Folks Sending Secure Emails on iOS?

· Jeff Butts · Editorial

an encryption device shouldn't be necessary to secure emails

A slogan that has been attributed to Apple products for years is “It just works.” Why isn’t that the case with sending secure emails in iOS Mail? Jeff Butts is frustrated by this, and makes his argument that Apple should fix this long-standing problem once and for all.

Encrypting Email With iOS Mail - A How-To

· Jeff Butts · How-To

encrypting email with iOS Mail

One of the most frustrating tasks for iPhone and iPad users is figuring out how to get it to play nicely with encrypted email with iOS Mail. Jeff Butts decided to brave the frustration, scoured the Internet for tips, and developed a method that should solve your woes.

Web Pages as Apps, Equipment Insurance, and Photos! – Mac Geek Gab 649

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Have a webpage you use all the time? Why not make that its own, separate app? Need to create Symbolic Links (symlinks) but don’t want to use the Terminal? How about if you want to get an equipment warranty for that new Synology NAS you just bought? That’s just a sampling of the things you’ll learn in the first segment of this week’s episode. There’s more, folks. Lots more! Press play and enjoy!

MacOS: Using Email Encryption in Apple's Mail

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

email encryption

You’ve heard how easy it is to send and receive encrypted emails using Apple Mail. This is pretty important to set up, if you send sensitive data through email. In this article, Jeff Butts walks you through that configuration from beginning to end.

Encrypting Email on the Mac Is Surprisingly Easy

· Jeff Butts · Analysis

encrypting your email

Now that we’re thinking about privacy and the security of our computers and mobile devices again, we’re worried about encrypting email. Jeff Butts is here to set your mind at ease that email encryption is alive and well, and surprisingly easy to do on the Mac.