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Apple releases OS X bash Update 1.0

If you've been worried about the recent discovery of a security flaw called Shellshock in the bash UNIX shell, you can rest easier. Apple released OS X bash Update 1.0 to fix the issue, which made it possible for a remote attacker to execute arbitrary shell commands. According to the release...

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Vanishh Pro fails to keep promise of self-destructing email

Vanishh Pro is an email security tool that automatically deletes the email on the receiver's end after a predetermined amount of time passes from first opening it. This ensures that the email doesn't fall into the wrong hands or receivers don't save or pass along potentially sensitive...

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How to patch OS X for the bash/Shellshock vulnerability

There's a big bad bash bug out in the Unix world called Shellshock, and it is pretty serious. Bash is a ubiquitous bit of software; a command interpreter, or "shell," that provides a basic text-on-a-green-screen interface to POSIX/UNIX and Unix-like systems. Bash is present on every Linux...

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Developer claims Apple was warned of iCloud security issue in March

A software developer in London warned Apple of iCloud's vulnerability to a brute-force attack months before the service was implicated in the leaks of hundreds of explicit photos and videos of celebrities. As reported by The Daily Dot, Ibrahim Balic brought the security hole to Apple's attention...

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Apple's new privacy policy locks out law enforcement, but not completely

Privacy issues have come to forefront of the tech world thanks to recent controversies over how corporations share our information with the government. In December of 2013, Apple formally denied working with the NSA to help spy on the phones of iPhone users, but worries remain among some users...

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Apple publishes privacy and security page; Cook pens open letter to customers

Ahead of the iPhone 6 launch, and in the wake of the iCloud celebrity hacking saga, Apple on Wednesday evening put up a new privacy page on its website which aims to assure customers that their private information is safeguarded by rigorous security measures. "The moment you begin using an Apple...

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Setting up two-step verification for Apple ID and iCloud security

Since you're probably moving to iOS 8 soon -- if not as soon as possible after it goes live -- you might want to start thinking about security as well. In particular, Apple has recently enabled two-step verification for iCloud. What's two-step authentication? As Apple describes it on this web...

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Apple begins sending alert emails to users when iCloud detects a web-based login

Days after Tim Cook told the Wall Street Journal that Apple needs to be more vigilant about iCloud security, word comes that Apple has started sending users alert emails whenever iCloud detects a browser-based login. Notably, the enhanced security measure from Apple is enabled by default and...

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The only way to make your iCloud security questions actually secure

The recent leak of nude photographs from some of America's biggest female celebrities has drawn attention to the security of Apple's iCloud. If there's one takeaway from this incident, other than people who share the private photos of other are scum, it's that sometimes it's the simplest things...

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Apple: Celebrity photo breach not due to iCloud or Find my iPhone issues

Apple has just released a press statement updating its investigation into the weekend breach of celebrity photos. As noted in the press release, the company says that none of the cases investigated were the result of any breach of Apple's systems including iCloud and Find my iPhone. Apple believes...

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Think iCloud's two-factor authentication protects your privacy? It doesn't

As the forensic analysis of the weekend's celebrity intimate photo leak continues, plenty of attention is being focused on iCloud's photo storage as a likely vector for the criminal theft of the images. Proof of concept code for a brute-force attack on iCloud passwords (via the Find My iPhone API)...

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Apple, FBI investigating possible iCloud celebrity photo theft

Both the FBI and Apple are investigating the theft of private celebrity photos in an intrusion that may have used iCloud to gain access to the images. As reported by The Telegraph, FBI spokesperson Laura Eimiller confirmed the government agency's activation investigation into the theft. "[The...

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iCloud password hack published, blocked as celebrity photo theft confirmed [Updated: Apple comment]

If you've been enjoying the US holiday weekend away from sources of news, well done. If not, you may well have seen reports of a large cache of explicit photos of celebrities being published to 4chan's image boards, including Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence, supermodel Kate Upton and other...

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Call or text while protecting your identity with StitMe

"It is our belief that privacy is a right – not a commodity." Those are the words of Gurtaj Padda, CEO of StitMe, a free app for iOS that imports your contacts and let you call or text message anyone using a randomly generated phone number, thereby completely concealing your identity and...

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The Facebook Messenger switch: annoying, but not evil

If you use the Facebook iOS app, you've probably noticed that the social network's private SMS-like Messenger functionality is migrating out of the "mother" application and into the standalone Facebook Messenger app (currently at version 9.1). Messenger's solo app has been around for a couple of...

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