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New iOS vulnerability enables brute-force passcode attacks on iPhone 7

We’ve seen devices for brute-forcing phone passcodes before. This $500 box, demonstrated on video by YouTuber “EverythingApplePro”, uses an exploit in iOS 10.3.3 and iOS 11 beta to brute-force hack and bypass the Lock screen passcode of up to three iPhone 7/Plus handsets at a time—but it could take days to work, depending on the complexity of the passcode.... Read the rest of this post here


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New Android malware can secretly steal your credit card data, calls and texts

Android malware Faketoken

At this point, we assume that most savvy Android users know to be on the lookout for suspicious apps and download prompts, but even as smartphone users become more aware of the risks of downloading apps, the creators of the most vicious malware have adapted by releasing increasingly subtle Trojans that can do a great deal of damage behind the scenes without alerting the user.

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Apple won’t release a fix for Secure Enclave’s exposed decryption key

Following the exposure of the decryption key protecting the firmware software running on the iPhone 5s’s Secure Enclave coprocessor that was posted on GitHub yesterday, an Apple source has reportedly said that any customer data securely stored in the cryptography coprocessor remains protected and that the company does not intend to roll out a fix at this time.... Read the rest of this post here


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Warning: New iPhone scam tries to steal your Apple login

iPhone Hacks

To savvy young users who have spent their entire lives surrounded by modern technology, many phishing scams seem silly. They often wonder how anyone could fall for something that seems to obvious. Of course, not everyone has lived their entire lives with this kind of tech surrounding them, so they can sometimes fall victim to scams that can be extremely difficult to remedy. As such, it's important to always be on the lookout for new scams and bring them to people's attention. By warning your friends and family, you may be able to save them from a serious headache. And today, we've caught wind of a new phishing scheme that you should definitely try to warn people about.

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Just Because You Have a Mac Doesn’t Mean you Should Ignore Protection

Macs are far superior to PCs in many ways. The whole Apple ecosystem – from hardware to the software – is easy to get lost in. Macs have also been known to be more reliable in terms of security, something that makes us sleep better at night.  

However, just because there’s less chance of being hacked doesn’t mean it’s impossible, and Mac owners should be aware of the risks associated with going unprotected. Mac security is essential. Don’t think otherwise.

The recent HBO hack, which is being described as one of the most elaborate breaches of internet security ever, is a stark reminder that nobody is safe online. The network is responsible for the hit series Game of Thrones, which is watched by an average of over 23 million people per episode.

The cyber attackers claimed to have stolen 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO, which makes the breach seven times larger than the 2014 Sony hack. The criminals managed to get hold of episode scripts for Game of Thrones and also leaked episode four of the hit series three days prior to its scheduled airing. HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler described the attack as “disruptive, unsettling, and disturbing for all of us.”

If one of the biggest and richest television networks on the planet can be breached, with all its tightened security, then nobody is safe. Not even Mac owners.

Everybody who owns a computer should be taking steps to prevent these cyber criminals getting in and taking what they please. These computer experts have become adept at stealing the information they need by using methods such as SQL injection. This is a common attack vector that uses malicious SQL code for backend database manipulation to access information that was not intended to be displayed.

Mac security

The most effective way to prevent such attacks from taking place is to install software which uses signature recognition, IP reputation, and other security methodologies to identify and block SQL injections. A web application firewall, WAF for short, is a managed service that protects from application layer attacks, and even zero-day threats. The OWASP top 10, an impartial list of the most common web application security risks makes it clear that the threats are the same whether you use a Mac or a PC. (Que horror!)

Internet security is now more important than ever. Nearly everything is done online in some way, and you’d be surprised at how many sites you have shared your credit card details with. People also have a habit of recycling the same passwords whenever they sign up to a site. In fact, it has been found that 55% of web users use the same password for most, if not all websites. 

You may be thinking that the chances of your information getting stolen are too slim. Ask the 70 million people who were affected by the Target hack. Gone are the days when hackers didn’t pay attention to Macs. Today, there is no reason for anyone to go without online protection, even Mac owners.  

iOS Apps for Physical and Data Security

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