Intego Mac Podcast, Episode 98: Everyone Is Listening!

There’s a recurring theme in security and privacy news lately, and that is the fact that everyone is listening. If you use Alexa, OK Google, or Siri, the companies behind these services listen to some of your requests (and sometimes when you don’t explicitly ask their devices anything). There’s news this week about companies listening and watching, along with some Apple updates, clickjacking scripts on websites, and all the stuff that Facebook knows about you. And we answer a couple of listener questions.

Check out the latest episode of The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

Is Safari the most private browser for iPhone and iPad?

If there’s one app that just about everyone uses on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, it’s a web browser. You use your browser to get information, to shop, and for entertainment. iOS devices come with Apple’s Safari browser pre-installed, but you can use a different browser if you wish. Unfortunately, on iOS you can’t set a different browser as the default, so when you tap links in emails or messages, Safari will open them—but most apps let you lightly tap-and-hold on links to copy the address so you can paste it into an alternative browser of your choice.

If you choose a different web browser, you should its consider security and privacy. Not all browsers handle your data optimally, and few are developed with privacy and security as a primary focus. In this article, I’m going to discuss the default Safari web browser for iOS, and look at some popular mobile alternatives such as Chrome, Firefox, and others.

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Safari, Chrome, Firefox: Which is the most private browser for Mac?

Everyone needs a web browser, and while Safari comes pre-installed on Macs, many people choose to use a different browser. You may want to do this for compatibility reasons—there may be sites or services you use that Safari doesn’t handle correctly—or because you use a different browser at work; if you want to be able to sync bookmarks and history from your work browser to your personal browser, then it can be useful to use the same app on your computers in both locations.

But another thing to consider is web browser security and privacy. Not all browsers handle your data optimally, and few are developed with privacy and security as a primary focus. In this article, we’ll discuss the three main web browsers for macOS—Safari, Chrome, and Firefox—and look at several alternatives, from a privacy and security perspective.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode 97: Do Macs need an antivirus?

There’s a question we get asked often: do Macs really need an antivirus? Many people think that Macs are immune to malware, or that security software companies even create malware to sell their products. We give a balanced answer to the question of whether you need to protect your Mac with an antivirus.

Check out the latest episode of The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

Do Macs need antivirus software?

One of the most common questions Intego receives is whether Macs need antivirus software. Naturally, it’s fair for you to assume that our opinion may be a bit biased—not just because Intego offers antivirus software as well as a full security suite to protect Macs, but also because our malware researchers are at the front line, and regularly discover new malware that targets the Mac.

But if you want to make your own informed decision about whether Macs need antivirus software, you’ll need to examine the facts. Let’s explore such topics as what built-in protection macOS offers, what types of threats it can and cannot stop, and several common myths about antivirus software.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode 96: Hacker Conventions

Summer is when hackers get together to present and discuss malware, vulnerabilities, and exploits. Two big hacker conventions – Black Hat and DEF CON – were held recently, and we discuss some of the Mac-related discoveries. We also look at some interesting news, including certain Macs being banned by the FCC, and answer a listener question about ransomware and files on a Mac.

Check out the latest episode of The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode 95: Who’s Listening to Your Private Conversations?

Last week, we discussed how Apple was listening to some of your Siri requests. The company changed its policy, and Amazon and Google followed suit, but what else does Apple listen to? We also discuss Apple’s new bug bounty program, how AT&T workers unlocked phones for profit, and how cryptojacking isn’t financially viable any more.

Check out the latest episode of The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode 94: Preparing for macOS Catalina

We discuss some ways to check that your apps are all compatible with macOS Catalina. We also talk about Apple contractors listening to Siri recordings (but Kirk also adds a last minute update about Apple’s change of heart), how the Facebook “Like” button can be a privacy problem, and how Google has discovered some new iOS vulnerabilities.

Check out the latest episode of The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode 93: Hacking humans: How to avoid social engineering scams

Kirk and Josh take a close look at how you can be scammed by social engineering techniques. They also discuss Apple’s recent updates to iOS 9 and 10, a report about the increase in malware targeting Macs, and some good and bad news about Google.

Check out the latest episode of The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode 92: Zoom Zero-Day, and Unmasking Mac Malware Makers

An app named Zoom may sound like a good thing, but this app opened the Macs of users who had it installed – including Kirk – to a serious security vulnerability. This led Apple to take the rare action of pushing out a silent security update to Macs. And Josh tells us all about how you find out who creates malware.

Check out the latest episode of The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.