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Download the OS X Bash Security Update to Protect Your Mac from Shellshock Exploit

There’s been a lot of news about a security risk that affects multiple platforms called Shellshock. Apple has released a security update, that patches the bash shell, but it’s not available through the Mac App Store or Software Update. If you want to apply this update to your Mac – which you should, if your […]

Apple Now Emails You When You Sign into iCloud on the Web

There is always a fine balance between security and usability. Apple was strongly criticized because of the iCloud selfie breach, and Tim Cook announced that the company would be implementing new security procedures. As of today, one of them is live: if you sign into iCloud on the web, you’ll get an email: This is […]

The Committed Podcast Discusses iCloud and Security

On this week’s episode of The Committed podcast, Ian Schray, Rob Griffiths and I talk about iCloud and security. In the wake of the recent nude selfies hack, we look at this issue, and the type of security that that cloud services require. We examine Apple’s two-factor authentication, and agree that it’s not simple, we […]

iCloud or not iCloud: What Really Happened in the Nude Selfie Breach?

You’ve seen it on the internet, even on TV news shows: a number of A-list celebrities had nude selfies swiped from their phones, or their iCloud accounts. Initial thoughts pointed to iCloud, since an exploit was released a couple of days before the photos leaked which targeted Find My iPhone, part of iCloud. This exploit […]

Beware Bogus iTunes Store Receipt Phishing Emails

Phishing attempts are often easy to see through, and this one isn’t very different. However, if it were tweaked a bit, it might be effective. I got this by email yesterday; I had gotten a similar one last week as well. This looks pretty much like a normal iTunes Store receipt, but the price – […]

Russian Gang Amasses Over a Billion Internet Passwords

“A Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses, security researchers say.”

via Russian Gang Amasses Over a Billion Internet Passwords – NYTimes.com.

Yikes! Even strong passwords don’t protect against this kind of breach.

Beware Amazon Phishing Emails

I got an email today, asking me to confirm my Amazon account. It’s a phishing email, but one that I think many people might fall for. If you seen an email like this, it’s not real: Beware. If someone gets access to your Amazon account, they can most likely do a lot of damage to […]

Beware of New Phishing Emails Targeting iPhone Users

There have been reports of iPhone users being held hostage by scammers locking their iPhones. No one hacked Apple’s servers; more likely, iPhone users got stung by phishing emails, and gave up their Apple IDs and passwords. I just got another one of those emails. At first glance, it looks legit, and scary: the subject […]

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