Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #175: A New Amazon Phishing Scam, Malvertizing, and Apple Activation Lock Removal

A new Amazon phishing scam doesn’t include links to click, but rather a telephone number to call: beware! Malvertizing takes advantage of a zero-day WebKit vulnerability to display deceptive ads, and serve malware. And Apple has set up a website for people to request the removal of activation lock on devices they own.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #174: Software Updates, Scam iPhone Apps, and Using Safari Browser Extensions

There were a number of important security updates to key software this week: macOS, Chrome, Edge, and even Plex. We discuss how upgrading a Mac to Big Sur without enough space can cause data loss, we look at scam apps on the iOS app store, and we talk about using Safari browser extensions on the Mac

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #173: Face ID with Masks, a sudo vulnerability, and Apple’s Privacy Labels

Apple is testing a new feature allowing users with Face ID iPhones to unlock them with their Apple Watch, if they’re wearing masks. There’s a vulnerability with the sudo command in various Unix distributions, including macOS. And we discuss how Apple’s privacy labels have been abused already by developers.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #172: Apple Updates, Web Browsers, and Ergonomics

Apple updated most of its operating systems, and these updates are important because they patch vulnerabilities that are exploited in the wild. We talk about some web browsers and Flash, and we discuss ergonomics and how you can make your workstation healthier.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #170: DNS, Lost Bitcoin, and the new Big Sur Control Center

DNS is in the news, following a warning from the NSA and new malware. We discuss how common it is for law enforcement to crack smartphones, and how this should prompt you to choose a more secure passcode for your device. We look another bitcoin owner who’s lost millions. And we discuss the new Control Center in macOS Big Sur.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #170: How iTunes Changed Apple

iTunes is 20 years old. Even if, on the Mac, that name has been eclipsed, the iTunes brand still exists, and iTunes is one of the reasons that Apple is such a strong services company. We also look at some new AppleScript malware, how some millionaires are losing Bitcoin because they forgot their passwords, and discuss “brushing,” a new semi-scam where people received Amazon deliveries they never ordered.

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How to Uninstall Flash Player

Adobe Flash Player has had a long life as a tool for displaying multimedia content in web browsers, but as of December 31, 2020, this software reached the end of its life. From this date on, Adobe will not issue any updates for the software, and will prompt users to uninstall Flash Player as soon as possible.

Here’s how to uninstall Flash Player on your Mac.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #169: New Year’s Resolution: Cull Your Notifications

There’s new malware attacking cryptocurrency apps, WhatsApp warns users about data it is sharing with Facebook, and Apple loses a copyright fight with a company that virtualizes iOS so security researchers can look for vulnerabilities. We also look at how you can manage and secure notifications on your devices, so you don’t get too distracted, and also so personal information isn’t visible when your devices are locks.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #168: A Brief History of Adobe Flash Player: From Multimedia to Malware

On December 31, 2020, Adobe Flash Player is officially dead. This browser plugin, which provided multimedia content for the early internet, has been plagued by security issues, and became the most exploited vector for malware on the Mac. We look back on 25 years of Flash.

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The History of Adobe Flash Player: From Multimedia to Malware

If you were an early adopter of the internet, you remember how the height of multimedia was the “blink” tag, that made text on a page flash. In order to go beyond the text and static image limitations of early web pages, a number of companies began developing tools to display rich multimedia content on the web, and the platform that became dominant was Adobe’s Flash.

Flash had the advantage of being lightweight, and, with a browser plugin, could run on multiple operating systems. But it was also a security nightmare, presenting vulnerabilities that were regularly exploited by malware creators. Its need for regular – sometimes weekly – updates meant that users were sensitized about the need to frequently updated their plugins. This worry was exploited, and eventually led fake Flash Player installers to be the leading vector for malware on the Mac.

Adobe has officially ended support for Flash on December 31, 2020. Here’s a look back at the checkered history of this multimedia and malware platform.

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