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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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #149: Back That Mac Up

New Mac malware targets the Xcode development environment, and Apple has know about it for more than a month, but didn’t share the information with security specialists. Epic vs. Apple: who will win the Fortnite battle royale? And we discuss backing up your Mac using Time Machine, Intego Personal Backup, and using a NAS for backups and other file storage.

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How to Back Up Your Mac’s Data with Time Machine

Backing up your data is one of the most essential security tasks you can do. Because of the many ways you can lose data, having multiple backups is the only way to ensure that if anything happens – such as disk failure, a lost or stolen computer, or malware deleting files – you can restore your important data quickly.

There are many strategies for backing up your Mac, and using multiple backups is one of the keys to protecting your data. You can back up your Mac to any of several types of local hard drives, to a network device, and you can use online backup services.

In this article, I’m going to explain how Time Machine works, and how you can use it to back up your Mac.

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How to Send Files Securely

There are many occasions when you need to send files securely to a friend, colleague, or client. If you can’t meet in person to exchange files, there are a number of online and cloud services that can handle file transfers for you. It’s easier than ever to use these services, many of them free, to securely send files to others. Here are a few options.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #148: How to Send Files Securely, and Why You Shouldn’t Use Tor

Apple is planning on offering a bundle of services called Apple One, and we discuss how useful it might be. We mention new iOS and macOS updates, talk about the Have I Been Pwned website going open source, look into an Amazon Alexa abomination, and explain why Tor isn’t as safe as you might have thought. We then take a look at the many ways you can send files securely to someone; and explain how sending files by email can be secure.

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How to Back Up Your Mac to a NAS

We all know how important it is to back up your Mac. It’s easy to connect an external hard drive to your Mac to back it up, but if you use a laptop, you might forget to do this regularly. You can use an online backup service if you have the bandwidth, but a practical way to back up your Mac locally is to use a NAS: a network-attached storage device. Here’s why it can be convenient and practical to use a NAS for backups, and as a personal cloud.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #147: A New iMac, a Google Gotcha, and a Zoom Zinger

Apple updated the 27″ iMac this week, and it may be the last new desktop Mac running Intel processors, but should you buy this one or wait for Apple’s own chips? Google accidentally enabled some of its speakers to listen in on sounds in people’s homes, and we update recent stories about Garmin getting hit by ransomware, and the Great Twitter Hack of 2020.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #146: How computer security is depicted in movies

We talk about an update on the Great Twitter Hack of 2020, discuss a ransomware attack on Garmin that shut down the company’s services, and even its assembly lines, and warn listeners about some Netgear devices that have vulnerabilities and can’t be updated. We then discuss the often ridiculous way hacking is portrayed in movies and TV.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #145: Are smart locks really that smart?

We follow up on the great Twitter hack of 2020, we discuss how a Cloudflare outage brought down many major websites, and Kirk tells a story of a suspicious email from his local government. We then examine whether smart locks are really safe.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #144: The Great Twitter Hack of 2020

Apple issues another round of updates, hackers target organizations involved in coronavirus vaccine development, and there was a big Twitter hack where CEOs and politicians had their accounts compromised. Tweets were posted for a cryptocurrency scam, but were there other reasons for the hack?

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