Intego Mac Podcast

Intego Mac Podcast

Join the Intego Mac security experts for the latest Apple news, industry opinions, and a splash of security advice in our easy-to-digest, entertaining, and informative podcast series. Hosted by Kirk McElhearn and Josh Long.... Show More

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October 22, 2020 33 min
Josh and Kirk discuss 5G: what it is, how it works, and how fast it is. Is it worth getting a new iPhone 12 for 5G? Also, we look at another case of Apple notarizing malware, and a new RAT that started out on Windows and is now threatening the Mac. Show Notes:
  • Apple notarizes new Mac malware… again
  • Apple notarizes dozens of Mac malware samples (August, 2020)
  • GravityRAT moves from Windows to target Mac and Android
  • GravityRAT: The spy ...
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    October 15, 2020 30 min
    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. Show Notes:
  • Apple Announces iPhone 12 and HomePod mini
  • Apple HomePod Review: Superior Sound, but Limited by Siri
  • Apple HomePod compared to Sonos One
  • Everythin...
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    October 8, 2020 29 min
    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. Show Notes:
  • “Protect your iPhone from being stolen!” (TikTok video)
  • Ap...
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    October 1, 2020 30 min
    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. Show Notes:
  • Review: Apple Watch Series 6 & Solo Loop Band
  • When coffee makers are demanding a ransom, you kn...
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    September 24, 2020 26 min
    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. Show Notes:
  • Strava and stalkers
  • Facebook Says it Will Stop Operating in Europe If Regulators Don’t Back Down
  • Shortly after we recorded, Facebook said they have "no desire" t...
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    September 18, 2020 31 min
    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. Show Notes:
  • Apple Introduces New Apple Watch, iPad Air, and AppleOne Services Bundle
  • Which iPad Is Best for You?
  • Everythin...
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    September 11, 2020 31 min
    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. Show Notes:
  • Could an Apple VPN or search engine be launching soon?
  • How to switch search engines on macOS and iOS (and why you should)
  • About Applebot
  • Intego Mac Pre...
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    September 4, 2020 29 min
    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. Show Notes:
  • iOS 13.7 Now Available With Support for Exposure Notifications Express
  • Apple Shares Humorous Privacy-Focused iPh...
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    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. Show Notes:
  • Lightroom App Update Wipes Users’ Photos and Presets, Adobe Says they are ‘Not Recoverable’
  • Malicious Chinese SDK In 1,200 iOS Apps Wi...
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    August 21, 2020 29 min
    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. Show Notes:
  • What if Apple was forced to allow app sales outside of the ...
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    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 se...
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    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. Show Notes:
  • New 27" iMac
  • Garmin reportedly paid the $10 milli...
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    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. Show Notes:
  • More than 1,000 people at Twitter had ability to aid hack of accounts
  • Garmi...
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    July 24, 2020 31 min
    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. Show Notes:
  • Cloudflare had a (non-security) outage
  • IsItDownRightNow?
  • Hackers Tell the Story of the Twitter Attack From the Inside
  • Twitter Hacking for Profit and the LoLs
  • Zoom to Sell 27-Inch Dedic...
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    July 17, 2020 30 min
    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? Show Notes:
  • Apple releases macOS Catalina 10.15.6, iOS 13.6, and more
  • UK and allies expose Russian attacks on coronavirus vaccine development
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    While there is plenty of malware that affects the Mac, actual viruses are rare; but new malware has been found that does meet that description. We talk about how 1 in 142 passwords is "123456," and we have a special announcement about new Intego software. Show Notes:
  • Announcing Intego Antivirus for Windows
  • Download a FREE trial of Intego Antivirus for Windows
  • Buy Intego Antivirus for Windows at a Special Discount
  • Update on E...
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    New malware targeting the Mac was discovered this week; it's a hybrid ransomware-wiper-spyware, but you don't need to worry if you don't download pirated software. We also discuss how a journalist's iPhone was hacked by him visiting a website, look at issues with the TikTok app on iOS, and look at how Google is now auto-deleting new user history after 18 months. Show Notes:
  • Journalist’s phone hacked by new ‘invisi...
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    This week, Apple announced the new features for its coming operating system updates: macOS Big Sur, and iOS 14. They also announced a big change to Mac hardware. Josh and Kirk discuss the changes coming, and take a close look at security and privacy features in these operating systems. Show Notes:
  • Apple’s New Plans for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac Unveiled at WWDC 2020
  • Universal App Quick Start Program (developers only)
  • Apple's tr...
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    Intego has discovered new malware that propagates through poisoned Google search results. Zoom does a couple more u-turns. An App Store controversy is causing people to question Apple's policies. And spies can eavesdrop by watching the variations in light bulbs. Show Notes:
  • Serious Cryptography - A Practical Introduction to Modern Encryption by Jean-Philippe Aumasson
  • Applied Cryptography: Protocols, Algorithms and Source Code...
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    Apple has been making its own chips for iOS devices for a while now, and it seems likely that the company will announce a move to the same ARM-based processors for Macs at the coming WorldWide Developer Conference. We discuss how Apple has changed processor architecture twice in the past, and cover some news about Dropbox, Zoom, the Brave web browser, and smart home devices. Show Notes:
  • Smart appliances may not be worth money in l...
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