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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

AT&T Announces Home Security Service Called Digital Life

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:00 AM

"AT&T has announced a new home security and automation service called Digital Life that comes with an iPad and iPhone app with a bunch of security and remote control options."

I like these home automation set ups, makes it easy to monitor things in case you aren't home. And with this one you actually get them to install and monitor. If you are in Dallas or Atlanta, you might want to go to the AT&T site for this since those areas are the first to go live this summer.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Dropcam HD for Your Security Camera Needs

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 PM

"Got a little corner of your property that you'd like to keep a closer eye on? Or are you just concerned that the babysitter is not shaking your kids hard enough when they start acting up? Then what you need is the Dropcam HD, a Wi-Fi video camera designed for remote monitoring."

This seems like a simple solution to security. $150.00 USD for the camera alone, and storage plans varying from $10.00 USD per month to $30.00 per month. It doesn't seem like too bad a deal, especially if you don't need to archive and just want streaming since then you are only out the cost of the camera. Find out more at Dropcam.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Use Prey to Track Your Stolen Laptop...Free!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:00 AM

"Our laptops are valuable devices. They connect us. Inform and entertain us. And yes, sometimes distract us. Dealing with a lost or stolen laptop is not typically a thought we ponder in our busy lives."

This is an open source project, so you don't pay a dime for it. The reviewer gives it good marks and has some tips in case you do install it, so it is definitely worth the read if you want to provide some extra protection for your laptop. If you keep everything on yours like I do mine, any help is appreciated, especially when it's free! And you can always add features via their Pro Plans if the free version isn't to your liking. You can find out more at the Prey Project.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Bookmarklet for 1Password in iOS Not Coming Back

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 05:00 AM

"1Password is one of my most-used iOS apps, since I need it to log in to any site which requires a password."

According to Agile, they are discontinuing the bookmarklet that used to be a part of the iOS version. That's too bad, because I used to use that a lot. They say they are coming back with something even better so let's hope they are right. In the meantime, it is easy enough to open up 1Password on your iPad (or iPhone) and use the built in browser to access your password protected sites. Or you can try the workaround listed in the article, but for me it isn't worth the trouble.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Siri Security Leak and a Solution

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:00 AM

"Welcome to iPhone 101, the series that explains the basics of iPhone operation. This time, it's making sure Siri doesn't let anyone use your locked iPhone."

Not only do you have to worry about that pesky magnetic cover on your iPad 2, you now have to worry about Siri giving access to all of your secrets. Well, the secrets Siri understands I guess. You can disable this in the Settings > General > Passcode settings and turn off the Siri option. Annoying but if you tend to lose track of your iPhone, you might want to consider this!

Secure Your iPad 2 From This Trick!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 02:00 AM

"In a pretty sizable and scary (and weird!) security bug, Apple's Smart Cover can be used to unlock any iPad 2, even if there's a passcode on it. Here's how it works. And here's how to fix it."

The first thing that always goes through my mind when stuff like this pops up is "what in the world made them think to try this?" Basically the fix is to turn off the Smart Cover unlocking in the General Settings menu until Apple can issue a fix. Or just hang on to your iPad 2 and not worry about it.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Worried About 3.0 Vulnerability? Take These Steps

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 02:30 PM

"Are you worried about all the ruckus over the 3.0 vulnerability for your iPhone and iPad? While you're waiting for Apple to come out with a fix, there are a few safety precautions you can take."


This was exposed last week by Dev-Team, and it exploits a possible vulnerability within the code that could allow an attacker to control your iPhone, iPad or any iOS device. So the usual warnings apply if you do have a jailbroken iOS device, namely don't click on links, download files from untrusted web sites and don't open email attachments from unknown sources. The basic safety stuff you should be following anyway. Apple has responded and said they are working on a fix, but no word on release.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Secure Your iPad

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 01:00 AM

"The iPad is one of the safest computing devices you can use. Its combination of hardware and software security translate to a device that's probably more secure than your PC or Mac-especially if you take the right steps to secure it."

And securing it mainly means keeping it out of someone else's hands! But if by chance you do lose your grip on it, you can secure the data that is there very simply by putting a passcode on it. The article goes into some other in-depth options also, but first and foremost, set up a passcode.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Using 2-step Verification and Application Specific Passwords to Protect Your Gmail Accounts

Posted by Nelson Ocampo in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 10:00 PM

"Security is always a cause for concern, whether it be with online banking or simply ordering a Domino's pizza. Passwords used online for applications or services are no different, especially with the amount of cyber crime occuring since the boom of the world wide web. Google have published an article on their blog outlining recent attacks being made on Gmail accounts and how users can protect themselves further."

While the video only mentions a few mobile OS's by name, you should also be able to use this on other OS's like Windows Phone. You just won't have the ability to use the Google Authenticator App at this time.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Security Update for That Malware Issue

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 03:35 PM

"Mac Security Update 2011-003 has appeared in Software Update and is available for immediate download and installation."

You can read about it here, and download it here, but basically the update will search and remove the MacDefender virus and all variants. But it will also, according to the story, provide a "File Quarantine definition for the OSX.MacDefender.A malware and Mac OS X 10.6.7 will now automatically update the definitions on a daily basis."

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Popularity Has a Price

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:04 AM

"McAfee has compiled the wisdom and insight of its security researchers and produced the 2011 Threat Predictions Report. The report contains a variety of forecasts, prophecies, and educated guesses on what to expect for computer and information security next year, but one of the most notable is that Apple has achieved some level of critical mass that makes it a prime target."

It's always been implied Macs were safer than a Windows machine since malware usually went after the more popular machines, but it appears those days may be coming to an end. Of course you have always had to be vigilant against the schemes out there on the Internet, such as the bank phishing frauds, but as far as "attacks" go, the Windows machines were usually the target. Now, according to McAfee, the trend will be changing in 2011 to include Apple in the mix of targets. To be honest, the impression that Apple is immune to attacks is the biggest weakness of the system, as that tends to make people less vigilant. So this is a good warning to be extra careful. Since we are on the topic, what are your thoughts about virus protection on a Mac, do you use one? If so, which one?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Lock Down Your iPad

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 03:00 AM

"MacLocks has announced the new iPad Lock security case and cable for the iPad. While most notebooks and many portable hard drives provide security slots for attaching cable locks, securing the item in public or when unattended for stretches of time, iPads lack any form of security slot. MacLocks has developed a secure case with a built-in security slot -- users can then attach a cable to the case."

This wouldn't be a bad solution for an office or dorm room. The company, called Maclocks, also makes the same type of locks for laptops and iMacs. You can buy the clear case alone for $39.95, or get the package deal with the lock for $64.95.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

TSA and the MacBook Air

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 09:30 AM

"Really, TSA? Are you honestly so stoked to disappoint? If you'll recall, the American Transportation Security Administration got up close and personal with a first-generation MacBook Air after wrongly assuming it was an Apocalypse-bringer, and even after adjusting rules so that iPads, netbooks and other smaller electronics could fly through carry-on screening equipment without being unpacked, we've still heard of (and personally experienced) occasions where agents have demanded that tablet PCs be ran through naked."

Inconsistency is the one constant with TSA and their rules. I dealt with them several times last year when my daughter was going to pole vaulting competitions. All we wanted to know was how to pack her track spikes or if we could just carry them on board since they were pretty expensive and we didn't want them to get lost. Trying to figure out which of the 4 answers we were given on how to pack her track spikes was the correct answer was the challenge. So I take this stuff with a grain of salt because depending on which TSA agent is at the screening stations, you just might be forced to take it out. Yes, they can say it's ok but be prepared to take it out anyway. And DO NOT argue with them about it, it gets you nowhere but one of those rooms with no windows. Oh, regarding the spikes, we took them off the shoes and put them in a ziplock bag and put them in the carry on bag and no problem.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Security Flaw in FaceTime for Mac Found

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:00 AM,+iPad,+iPod)

"FaceTime for Mac beta was announced at Apple's Back to the Mac event yesterday Wednesday and released shortly after. It didn't take long before a security flaw was found."

Apparently once you have logged into FaceTime, you can see all of the security settings of the Apple ID used for FaceTime. So the safety tip here is not to use it on any Mac that isn't your own. Beta is beta folks. I'm sure an update will be forthcoming soon.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Today Only, Get MacScan for Free!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:25 AM

"Macintosh security experts, SecureMac, is offering its flagship product MacScan as a free download for one day only."

The folks at SecureMac are offering their security software MacScan today only for the very affordable cost of nothing. All you have to do, after downloading the free trial version found here, is click on the purchase button and enter the coupon code PIRATE (fitting since they are celebrating the day after Talk Like a Pirate Day) during checkout. You do have to complete the checkout process just like you were buying it, however using the coupon code will prevent you from being charged. The software is designed to detect, isolate and remove malware, trojan horses and keystroke loggers. It also gives you some cleaning options and cookie control features.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Apple Working on Fix For iOS Safari Exploit

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 06:00 AM;editorPicks

"Apple says that it has a fix for the browser security flaw discovered earlier this week on its iOS-powered devices."

According to CNET, Apple has a fix for the exploit in mobile Safari. The exploit hinges on how PDFs are rendered by the browser, and allows devices running mobile Safari to be jailbroken. Of course, it also allows an attacker access to your phone, since it can grant root privileges. Apple has not said when the update fixing the flaw will be pushed.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Safari 5.0.1 Also Fixes Auto Fill Bug

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"Apple has moved with uncharacteristic speed to patch a security flaw that exposed certain personal information to attackers. 14 other flaws have been fixed as well."

So not only do you get extensions, but you get a security hole fixed. What a bargain! We reported on the auto-fill bug in Safari earlier, and now with this update that appears to be fixed. The update also fixed 14 other flaws.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Citibank Fixes the Security Hole in Their Banking App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 12:47 PM

"Citibank has fixed a flaw in its iPhone app that was inadvertently storing customer account data on the mobile devices, the company said on Monday."

There is no problem here, move along. Well, there isn't a problem now, that is. Prior to Monday, they apparently had a glitch in their banking app, which caused some user information to be saved inside the app. This could have been exploited if it fell into the wrong hands. Namely, the hands of a hacker. So, if you are a customer you should have already been mailed a letter and advised...hopefully.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Apple has Most Security Vulnerabilities per Secunia

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"Bad news, Oracle. You've slipped to second place for the first time in years. The good news is that it's in Secunia's ranking of the top ten companies with the most software vulnerabilities, which is now topped by Apple -- Microsoft remains in third place, followed by HP and Adobe."

The vulnerabilities include everything so it doesn't break down into which vendors have the most serious, it just lists which company has the most. I'm not being flippant, any vulnerability is a bad thing, but you have to admit some are more serious than others so a general listing like this is a bit deceptive if you want to know how serious the situation is from a normal users standpoint. This news does bring to to mind the auto-fill problem that we reported about yesterday, and news from Apple via AllThingsD is that they are aware and are working to fix the problem.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Apple Takes the Lead in Software Bugs

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:30 AM

"Being in the lead is not always a good thing. Apple takes number one stop for the most bugs found in all of its products during the first half of 2010, ahead of Oracle, and Microsoft, according to Secunia."

I had no idea who Secunia was, so I did a little research (ie, I did a Wikipedia search). Apparently, they're a computer security firm with a reliable record in tracking down security vulnerabilities. I'm not sure that this means too much, given that Oracle, Microsoft and HP weren't trailing behind Apple by much, though I would like to see Apple take a more proactive approach when it comes to vulnerabilities patching. Now that there are more Macs out there than ever before, they might start looking like tempting targets for hackers.

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