About the Pegasus spyware, Apple's telling the full truth

About the Pegasus spyware, Apple's telling the full truth

When spyware from an Israeli firm was discovered on a number of iPhones used by journalists, critics hit Apple over security and privacy concerns. But in this case, it doesn't look like the company did anything wrong.

Note to IT: Google really wants its privacy settings left alone

Note to IT: Google really wants its privacy settings left alone

It's deeply unsurprising that newly-released information from the Attorney General's office for Arizona — released when a judge agreed to unseal some of the data — shows Google trying to hide privacy settings and tracking users after...

When is a cybersecurity hole not a hole? Never

When is a cybersecurity hole not a hole? Never

In cybersecurity, one of the challenging issues is figuring out when a security hole is a big deal or is trivial. Apple now has a hole that pushes the definition.

Google makes a big security change, but other companies must follow

Google makes a big security change, but other companies must follow

Google is moving — slowly — to make multi-factor authentication default, pushing FIDO-compliant software embedded within the phone, and even has an iOS version. Nice touch.

Google and Apple claim their devices deliver a better sleep; not true, university says

Google and Apple claim their devices deliver a better sleep; not true, university says

A university study found that a frequently-heralded smartphone claim by both companies is non-existent. This raises a serious question: Don’t they have to prove something works before shouting it from the highest virtual rooftop?...

Rethinking mobile security in a post-COVID workplace

Rethinking mobile security in a post-COVID workplace

Remember all of the security corner-cutting forced on us in March 2020 as companies scrambled to deal with the pandemic? It's time now to go back and fix things.

Details of how the feds broke into iPhones should shake up enterprise IT

Details of how the feds broke into iPhones should shake up enterprise IT

Given that law enforcement can leverage a hole in Mozilla open-source code that Apple used to permit accessories to be plugged into an iPhone’s lightning port, IT and enterprise security pros need to view mobile device security...

The case of the missing laptop RAM

The case of the missing laptop RAM

One of the best tech support programs in the industry has been Dell's ProSupport program, which routinely answers within 10 seconds and offers excellent techs who truly try to help. It also offers a next-day onsite repair program...

Text authentication is even worse than almost anyone thought

Text authentication is even worse than almost anyone thought

For years, security experts have been sounding the alarm about texting numbers for authentication. Now, due to some excellent work from Vice, it's clear the text situation is far worse than we thought.

WhatsApp's new 'privacy' policy is a gift to other messaging apps

WhatsApp's new 'privacy' policy is a gift to other messaging apps

WhatsApp does not treat all interaction data the same. For now, user-to-user/customer-to-customer/consumer-to-consumer messaging is encrypted and considered private. But when a user communicates with a business, Facebook can do...

Apple tramples on security in the name of convenience

Apple tramples on security in the name of convenience

Apple's upcoming iOS 14.5 and WatchOS 7.4 OSes will allow masked enterprise employees to access their iPhone if they happen to be wearing an Apple Watch that is unlocked. If companies don't stop workers from using this convenience, it...

Have a pacemaker and an iPhone? Could be a deadly combination

Have a pacemaker and an iPhone? Could be a deadly combination

Apple itself has issued a warning that its newest iPhone could attack your heart — literally.

When cryptographers looked at iOS and Android security, they weren’t happy

When cryptographers looked at iOS and Android security, they weren’t happy

In recent years, the feds have stopped asking for a workaround to get past Apple security. Why? It turns out that iOS, along with Android, is simply not as secure as those companies suggested.

SMS: Texting numeric strings is the best holiday gift to cyberthieves

SMS: Texting numeric strings is the best holiday gift to cyberthieves

Multi-Factor Authentication has become so common a security tool that many users assume it must work well to protect data and communications. What it really does is provide false comfort.

Apple's iPhone slowdown ploy was ridiculous, even by Apple standards

Apple's iPhone slowdown ploy was ridiculous, even by Apple standards

Now that Apple has agreed to pay $113 million to settle with iPhone users whose smartphone clockspeed was artificially slowed to boost hardware sales, it's worth examining why the move was so colossally stupid.

Should IT buy the new iPhone 12 Pro? Almost certainly not

Should IT buy the new iPhone 12 Pro? Almost certainly not

When it comes to whether enterprise IT should seriously consider this purchase — for those operations where BYOD hasn't yet alleviated the need to buy phones ever again — it doesn't make sense for most.

Zoom's new encryption approach is incremental, but better

Zoom's new encryption approach is incremental, but better

Max Krohn, Zoom's head of security engineering, detailed what users need to give up to get the better encryption protection that's coming.

How IT can use COVID-19 mobile crowdsourcing data to safeguard workers

How IT can use COVID-19 mobile crowdsourcing data to safeguard workers

Mobile apps galore have used crowdsourcing techniques this year to fight COVID-19. Now, a new app wants to build on those efforts by identifying communities (often down to the Zip Code) that are being aggressive or lenient in...

Dual biometrics for banking: Double trouble or super-secure?

Dual biometrics for banking: Double trouble or super-secure?

Two European banks are looking to boost security by layering a pair of biometric authentication methods – facial recognition and palm recognition – atop one another. That could mean more security, or more headaches for users.

Apple Watch's planned handwashing reminder feature? I don't trust it

Apple Watch's planned handwashing reminder feature? I don't trust it

When Apple rolled out its planned changes for iOS 14 and its companion WatchOS 7, it included a variety of interesting tweaks. Two stood out as especially interesting: a COVID-friendly Watch handwashing app and an...

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