Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #157: Apple’s New iPhone 12 and HomePod mini

Josh and Kirk talk about Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 12, and whether they plan to upgrade. They explain the point of the HomePod mini, and discuss what Siri can do with this new home device from Apple. We also look at the new MagSafe charging system on the iPhone 12.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #156: Three Years! And What’s Next for Apple?

Josh and Kirk celebrate three years of the Intego Mac Podcast, and we discuss what Apple is likely to announce next week. We also look at a useful tip to keep thieves from using a stolen iPhone, a problematic macOS update that Apple had to pull, and serious, unmatchable issues with the T2 security chip in recent Macs. And yet another reminder that Flash is dead.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #155: Who Is Tracking You?

Apple’s Safari web browser has a new feature that prevents trackers from profiling you; we discuss how this works to protect you on the Mac and on iOS. We also talk about the new Series 6 Apple watch, and the solo loop band. And we take a detour to look at how a security researcher put ransomware on a coffee machine.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #154: Beware Drive-By Downloads in Safari

The popular fitness tracking app Strava can assist stalkers; Facebook is irked about European regulators; a new Bluetooth vulnerability takes a new tack on attacks; and we look at some disturbing drive-by downloads that are coming from rogue Google ads.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #153: New, New, New from Apple!

Apple announced new Apple Watch models, updated iPads, a new fitness subscription service, and a subscription bundle, Apple One. While iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 were released this week, there’s still no news on macOS. Josh and Kirk look at all the new stuff, and try to figure out what’s best for most users.

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How the Internet Works

It’s become second nature to use the internet for web browsing, email, messaging, and streaming music and video. It’s a bit like how we use electricity: we have a vague idea how it’s generated and how it gets to us, but we are rarely concerned about the details.

The difference with the internet is that you share personal information with retailers and social networks, provide detailed financial information to banks and investment firms, and tell some of your deepest secrets to friends and family.

Security and privacy are (or at least should be) key concerns for internet users. To fully grasp why these are so important, it’s helpful to understand how the internet works. In this article, I’m going to give you an overview of how the internet works, how your data gets from one location to another, and why it’s important to protect your privacy and security online.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #152: What if Apple Built a Search Engine?

With Apple holding a new product event next week, we discuss recent speculation that Apple might be building a search engine. The discuss the implications of this, especially if Apple’s own search engine replaced Google as the default search engine on macOS and iOS.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #151: Apple Authorized Mac Malware

iOS 13.7 is out, with support for Covid-19 exposure notifications. Apple’s clever new privacy ad highlights the way people give up personal data. Criminals are using Ring doorbells to know when the cops are coming. And Apple approved, through their “notarization” system, dozens of malicious apps.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #150: A Six-Digit Passcode Isn’t Strong Enough

A Lightroom update has wiped user photos, and there’s no way to get them back; malicious Chinese code in 1,200 iOS apps is collecting data and simulating clicks to make money; and a chilling story shows why a six-digit passcode isn’t enough to protect your data on an iOS device.

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If Hackers Crack a Six-Digit iPhone Passcode, They Can Get All Your Passwords

iPhones and iPads have excellent security, and features such as Touch ID and Face ID help ensure that your data is protected. But for most people, Touch ID and Face ID are just convenient layers on top of a six-digit passcode. While six digits may seem secure, because there are one million possibilities for such a passcode, there are ways to crack passcodes. And if someone gets access to your passcode, the damages can be severe.

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If someone can get your passcode, none of the other advanced security features on your iPhone, or in iOS, can protect you; the dominoes that secure your life will fall very quickly. Here’s what can happen, and why you should change your passcode to something more secure (I’ll explain how below).

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