One Man in the Middle Compromises 76 Popular iPhone Apps

Andrew Orr In the News

An iOS app analysis service has found that 76 popular iPhone apps are confirmed to be vulnerable to the silent interception of TLS-protected data. Beware of these popular iPhone apps During testing, developers of verify.ly a mobile app analysis service found issues with many popular iPhone apps. Here are the details we have so far: 76 popular iPhone apps let a secret man-in-the-middle attack to be performed on connections that should otherwise be protected by TLS (HTTPS). This MitM vulnerability lets data be intercepted and manipulated. According to Apptopia, there has been …

Should Apple Build their Own iPhone VPN?

Andrew Orr From our Perspective

Recently, Apple website 9To5Mac published a feature request article; the author suggested that Apple should build an iOS VPN network and VPN app for iPhone. However, is this a good idea? Apple’s VPN on iPhone is Very Bad for Privacy Last year Google released an Android feature called Wi-Fi Assistant. It lets Android customers use Google’s free VPN service when they connect to insecure public Wi-Fi hotspots. However, on iOS, Apple users do not have this option. Instead, they have to buy VPN service from a third-party. 9To5Mac author Greg …

Top 10 Adblockers for Apple iOS devices

David Cox Informative Internet Guides

*Feb 9, 2017: Because of new information this article has been updated* Today Apple held its annual Worldwide Developer Conference. Many great features were announced on all four platforms that Apple now focuses on; watchOS, tvOS, iOS and MacOS (formerly Mac OS X). Apple continues to focus on the privacy of its users, and the forthcoming iOS 10 update shows that more than ever. An important but controversial part of privacy and security is using adblockers. The use of this technology is a big issue and leaves many people divided. …

The NSA’s Guide To Securing Your Mac

Andrew Orr Informative Internet Guides

The National Security Agency employs some of the best hackers in the United States. Surely they are experts at securing devices? Here’s how to lock down your Mac like an NSA pro. Further Reading NSA Contractor Faces Espionage Charges For Data Theft 5 Best Security Tools to Secure Your Data Mac Lockdown In 2010, the NSA published a guide for hardening a Mac running Snow Leopard. However, the agency hasn’t updated its guide for current versions of MacOS. Macworld posted an excellent guide that should cover modern versions of Apple’s OS. …

Your iMessages May Not Be Safe Anymore

Andrew Orr Informative Internet Guides

In the latest news, we found out that Apple iMessages might not be as safe as we thought. As it turns out, Apple retains certain metadata. Further Reading Signal: The Right Way To Encrypt Our Communications PornHub Blocked In Russia Here’s How To Watch It iMessages A report by The Intercept gives information about iMessage conversations. Although Apple secures messages with end-to-end encryption, your contacts may not be as safe. The company automatically logs which phone numbers you contact. Apple can then share this information with law enforcement if ordered …

FBI Shuts Down KickAssTorrents: US Navy Become Pirates

Andrew Orr In the News

The FBI arrested the owner of the torrent website KickassTorrents, the world’s biggest torrenting site. Apple gave details of an iTunes purchase that enabled the agency to locate Artem Vaulin from Ukraine. Further Reading Erasing Yourself From Websites Got a Little Easier Is Your Website Part of a Botnet? KickassTorrents KickassTorrents (KAT) recently surpassed The Pirate Bay (TPB) as the world’s biggest torrenting website. The U.S. will seek Vaulin’s extradition after his arrest in Poland on July 20. The charges include two counts of criminal copyright infringement. According to the …

Stagefright-like Exploit Found in Apple Operating Systems

Andrew Orr In the News

A Cisco researcher has discovered a new vulnerability in macOS and iOS. They call the vulnerability Stagefright, and it is dangerous. Further Reading 6 macOS Tips to Supercharge Your Security InfoSec 101: How To Boost Your Privacy On iOS New Mac Malware Found Beware of Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor Discovered last year, Stagefright was a vulnerability found in Android. A vulnerability is defined as “a mistake in software [programming] that can be directly used by a hacker to gain access to a system or network.” Stagefright infected your Android phone via a simple MMS message. …

InfoSec 101: How To Boost Your Privacy On iOS

Andrew Orr Informative Internet Guides

Welcome to InfoSec 101, a series of articles aimed at helping you enhance your online privacy, boost your security and more. Previous topics include creating secure passwords and enabling two-factor authentication. In this article, we will show you how to improve your privacy on iOS. Apple has gotten much better at respecting and protecting user privacy than other companies, but there are things you can do to enhance your privacy even more. Location Services The first thing to check out on your iPhone is the location settings. By letting apps track …

6 macOS Tips to Supercharge your Security

Andrew Orr Informative Internet Guides

Many would argue that Macs and the macOS operating system are already relatively secure. The general argument is that since there are far more Windows machines than Macs, hackers tend to focus on breaking into Windows more. Others might say that Macs are more secure because they are based on UNIX. But the reality is that Mac owners can become just as vulnerable to hacking as PC owners are. A Brief History of Unix First, the reason that Macs are more secure (but only in the general sense) is that …

For Better Privacy, Backup Your iPhone To iTunes

Andrew Orr Informative Internet Guides

Apple has been a privacy-focused company for a long time now. They’re willing to go to great lengths to protect their customers, even facing off against the government. One area that can become vulnerable to malicious attackers is iCloud. As an Apple user, you’re backing up the most important data of your life to iCloud. You’re not just backing up apps anymore; now it’s health data, financial data, photos, etc. Some people feel fine and trust Apple’s security measures, but others like myself may be uncomfortable. For those people, this …