Security Stories February 12

Apple’s Secure Enclave set a precedent in smartphone security that has so far been followed by many Android brands.

A new research study found that Huawei, Samsung, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Vivo, LG, Oppo, and Sony all now have models with equivalent embedded hardware security features…

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Malwarebytes is out with a new report in which it states that Mac malware is growing faster than that for Windows.

For the first time ever, Macs outpaced Windows PCs in number of threats detected per endpoint […]

In total, we saw approximately 24 million Windows adware detections and 30 million Mac detections.

That’s getting a lot of headlines today, but there are three key things that need to be understood…

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Security Stories February 11

The Fido Alliance, an organization committed to eliminating the need for passwords, received a big boost last week when Apple signed up as a board member. Fido stands for Fast IDentity Online.

Apple apparently wasn’t ready to announce its support immediately, as tweets from a Fido Alliance conference were quickly deleted, but as of today, the news is official…

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Security Stories February 10

Popular iOS and Mac email apps scrape inboxes to profit from personal data, report finds [U]

A new report from Motherboard today dives into a few iOS and Mac email apps/services that aren’t being very transparent about selling users’ personal data. Notably, one of them is even in Apple’s App Store ranked in the top 100 for productivity apps.

Security Stories February 5

Apple pushed fix for Mail app encryption bug with latest macOS Catalina release

Last fall we learned about a flaw with the Mail app in macOS that would prevent encrypted emails from being encrypted. With the public release of macOS 10.15.3 last week, the researcher who discovered the bug says it has been fixed.

In early January, the FBI asked Apple to unlock two iPhones as part of the Pensacola case. Apple stood its ground and said it wouldn’t create a backdoor for iOS but would help as much as it could without crossing that line. Even though the FBI has the ability to unlock the iPhone 7 and iPhone 5 with the help of third-parties, today it said it still hasn’t been able to get to the data on the devices.

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