If the smartphone 'kill switch' legislation is passed, the carrier can remotely send a trigger to any lost or stolen device to 'brick' itself. With the phone effectively useless, this should be a far less appealing option for would-be thieves.
Apple just announced the first point update for its recently released OS X Mavericks.
Most of the fixes and enhancements are of the not-really-to-do-with-security sort, but the update includes a new version of Safari, with remote code execution patches.
Big players that already have a lot of skin in the game are going to be whispering into the ear of the US Commerce Department. Will privacy be trampled in this facial-scanning gold rush?
US President Barack Obama is stuck using a BlackBerry. He actually fought for the right to keep using it when he first got to office in 2009. Let's hope he still likes the gadget, because the powers that be obviously don't think Apple's security profile is president-worthy.
Apple pushed out iOS 7.0.4 last week, the fourth patch in two months.
Is iOS getting buggier, or is Apple simply publishing security fixes more promptly?
With the holiday season approaching and lots of super good deals being offered around the American Thanksgiving holiday, retailers aren't the only ones looking to make a buck.
The term refers to telling customers what you're not allowed to tell customers: namely, that you've been served with a subpoena for data, with attendant gag order, sometime during a given time span. This passive method of informing-by-omission is done by an ISP telling customers when the subpoena *hasn't* been served - a maneuver now legal, albeit untested in court, and Apple's one of the first big-name tech companies to try it.
A touch of fun but with a serious side - and only a minute to watch it.
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Not everyone was happy about Apple's terms and conditions when it introduced dictation to OS X: speech-to-text was done in the cloud, so Apple got to listen to what you were saying.
OS X Mavericks changes that - though apparently more for performance than privacy...
By popular demand, the Chet Chat has gone back to a weekly format, so your favourite security podcast will now be appearing twice as frequently!
Listen to Chet and Duck in the latest episode...
Is that a gun, or are you just upgrading the printer? What if your iPhone has a bug in the lock that locks the lock screen? Will Chrome's continuing support for XP make us safer, or merely lazier?
It'll only take 60 seconds to find out the answers!
Researcher Vladimir Katalov explained how documents and backups stored in Apple's iCloud can be accessed bypassing Apple's two-factor authentication, even when enabled, last week at the Hack in the Box conference in Malaysia.
Apple's OS X 10.9, better known as Mavericks, is officially out.
The burning question for OS X fans everywhere, of course, is, "Should I or shouldn't I?"
Apple just closed up yet more lockscreen holes in iOS 7.
Reading the release notes will give you a sense of déjà vu - one of the bugs is pretty much the same hole that was patched in iOS 7.0.2...
It took students one week to dismantle the security keeping them away from online candy such as Twitter and Facebook. That leaves one very peeved school system, dismayed at the fact that its kids are smarter than the adults who tried to corral them into this dreary thing called "the curriculum." The verdict: No more iPads for YOU!
How do you copy fingerprints? Which is the most trustworthy browser? Who will use Facebook for payments? How long does an email address live?
Satisfy your curiosity with this week's 60 Second Security!
Two motorists using their iPhone Maps application followed it right across one of the runways - as in, where airplanes might have squashed them - and onto the airport ramp side of the passenger terminal.
Apple has quickly fixed two lockscreen bugs that it introduced with iOS 7.
Well done, Cupertino!
(To all hardcore Apple fans reading this: that's not irony. I really mean it.)