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Intego Mac Podcast

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Advice from Mac experts on the latest Apple news in security and more


The Chain of Trust
Nov 29 • 33 min
Apple's two-factor authentication system sets up a chain of trust from one device to another. By ensuring your identity on one device, that device can then authenticate you on another device, and provide you with enhanced features, such as an Apple Watch…
Black Friday Safe Shopping Advice
Nov 22 • 29 min
It's Black Friday again, either the day we release this episode if you're in Europe, or next week, if you're in the US. It's the day when you can get some good deals on things you need, discounts on things you don't need, and, if you're not careful, you…
Vice President of Integrity
Nov 15 • 32 min
We discuss Apple's new 16" MacBook Pro with a redesigned keyboard; two new entrants in the video streaming market, Apple TV+ and Disney+; a bug in Facebook's app; Google's Pixel 4's face unlock; and more. Show Notes: Apple’s new 16” MacBook Pro Apple TV+…
iPad vs. MacBook: is iPadOS a game changer?
Nov 8 • 34 min
With the release of iPadOS, the iPad has become a serious competitor to a laptop. While you can't do everything on an iPad that you can on a laptop, the gulf between the two is getting slimmer. We talk with Ian Schray, a dedicated iPad user, about…
admin / admin
Nov 1 • 35 min
Apple has released a whole slew of security updates this week, stretching back quite far, and we discuss some of the changes, and also Apple's problematic HomePod update. Equifax is sued for using admin as user name and password to protect sensitive data.…
Depending on Your Threat Model…
Oct 25 • 38 min
Samsung is foiled by screen protectors, users are spoofed by a clever two-factor authentication con, Firefox offers social tracking protection, and a stalker found his idol by analyzing reflections in her eyes in photos. And Google announces a quantum…
Developing a Security Mindset
Oct 18 • 40 min
After a couple of news items, about Apple sending browsing data to Tencent in China, and a Google exec warning people to be wary of its smart home devices, we discuss Josh's talk at the MacTech conference about developing a security mindset. Show Notes:…
Getting Ready for Catalina
Oct 11 • 33 min
Josh and Kirk celebrate the two-year anniversary of the podcast, and discuss getting ready to upgrade to Catalina, with tips on how to ensure that your upgrade will be smooth, and the most efficient way to upgrade your Mac. Show Notes: How to Prepare Your…
Updates, Legit-Looking Lightning Cables, Malspam, and Touch ID
Oct 4 • 33 min
Josh and Kirk discuss the many updates to iOS 13, how legit-looking lightning cables that can hack your devices will soon be on sale, how malspam mostly tries to trick people with bogus links, a Touch ID issue, and much more. Show Notes: Here’s why so…
iOS Updates, New Amazon Hardware, an Apple Security Advisory, and New Apple Gear
Sep 27 • 37 min
It hasn't been long, but Apple has already released iOS 13.1, and iPad OS 13.1, both initially scheduled for next week. Josh and Kirk discuss these updates, an Apple security advisory about third-party iOS keyboard apps, and some other security news, then…
New Features in iOS, Smart TVs Spying on You, and More
Sep 20 • 35 min
As iOS 13 is out, Josh and Kirk discuss its new features and what you can look forward to. They also discuss how smart TVs spy on you and send data about everything you watch, as well as a new SIM card flaw and an iOS 13 lock screen bypass. One note: we…
Apple’s New iPhone, and More
Sep 13 • 36 min
Josh and Kirk celebrate episode 100 of the Intego Mac Podcast with special guest Dave Hamilton and discuss Apple's new iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, Apple Arcade, and Apple TV+. And we discuss changes to Apple's AppleCare extended warranty and insurance…
Twitter and Deepfakes
Sep 6 • 39 min
Twitter's boss had his Twitter account hacked, and Twitter has disabled a feature from its earliest days, which let you tweet via SMS. Firefox's new update blocks trackers and crypto miners. And we take a look at audio and video deepfakes. Firefox 69…
Everyone Is Listening!
Aug 30 • 33 min
There's a recurring theme in security and privacy news lately, and that is the fact that everyone is listening. If you use Alexa, OK Google, or Siri, the companies behind these services listen to some of your requests (and sometimes when you don't…
Do Macs need an antivirus?
Aug 23 • 36 min
There's a question we get asked often: do Macs really need an antivirus? Many people think that Macs are immune to malware, or that security software companies even create malware to sell their products. We give a balanced answer to the question of…
Hacker Conventions
Aug 16 • 35 min
Summer is when hackers get together to present and discuss malware, vulnerabilities, and exploits. Two big hacker conventions - Black Hat and DEF CON - were held recently, and we discuss some of the Mac-related discoveries. We also look at some…
Who’s Listening to Your Private Conversations?
Aug 9 • 31 min
Last week, we discussed how Apple was listening to some of your Siri requests. The company changed its policy, and Amazon and Google followed suit, but what else does Apple listen to? We also discuss Apple's new bug bounty program, how AT&T workers…
Preparing for macOS Catalina
Aug 2 • 31 min
We discuss some ways to check that your apps are all compatible with macOS Catilana. We also talk about Apple contractors listening to Siri recordings (but Kirk also adds a last minute update about Apple's change of heart), how the Facebook "Like" button…
Hacking humans: How to avoid social engineering scams
Jul 26 • 36 min
Kirk and Josh take a close look at how you can be scammed by social engineering techniques. They also discuss Apple's recent updates to iOS 9 and 10, a report about the increase in malware targeting Macs, and some good and bad news about Google. Update…
Zoom Zero-Day, and Unmasking Mac Malware Makers
Jul 19 • 34 min
An app named Zoom may sound like a good thing, but this app opened the Macs of users who had it installed - including Kirk - to a serious security vulnerability. This led Apple to take the rare action of pushing out a silent security update to Macs. And…
Browser Fingerprinting, Hyper-Threading, Firefox, VPN, and More
Jul 12 • 32 min
We discuss a number of issues in the news, such as a 17-year old Firefox vulnerability, the threat to end-to-end encryption, and whether Apple should offer a VPN. We also answer listening questions about browser fingerprinting - what is it? we explain -…
Browser Wars: Which Web Browser Is Best for Privacy?
Jul 5 • 35 min
Everyone uses a web browser, on their Mac and their iOS device. But there are many web browsers, and some are better designed to protect your privacy. We take a deep dive into web browsers and discuss the pros and cons of Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and a…
New Mac Malware, Apple Public Betas, and More
Jun 28 • 28 min
There's been a lot of Mac malware appearing lately, and Intego has been discovering many serious new threats. We look at some of these malware, discuss an interesting new OneDrive feature, then talk about installing and using Apple's public betas for…
Flash, Incognito Mode, Porn, and a Malware Extravaganza
Jun 21 • 36 min
This week, as we are at Midsummer's Day, we look at the final nail in Adobe Flash's coffin, a new Chrome incognito mode feature, the UK's porn block, and a bunch of new malware. Google Chrome 76 beta makes it harder to use Flash, easier to dodge paywalls…
Privacy Policies Can Be as Complicated as Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason
Jun 14 • 34 min
We discuss running iOS and macOS betas, the new iPod touch, Firefox's coming subscription service, Safari auto-submitting user names and passwords, and how some companies' private policies can be as complicated as Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. iPod…
New Security and Privacy Features in macOS Catalina and iOS 13
Jun 7 • 34 min
Apple announced their new operating systems early this week, and we take a close look at the many interesting and useful new security privacy features that will soon be available on your Mac and iOS devices. Trypophobia (Wikipedia) Why some people are…
Deep Dive: Software Updates on Mac and iOS
May 31 • 27 min
It's essential that you update your software, both to have improved features, squashed bugs, and security fixes. But should you update your software automatically, or should you wait? How can you best manage software updates on the Mac and on iOS? What…
Oh, Google…
May 24 • 34 min
We've called out Facebook many times recently for their security issues, and now it's time to look at a couple of problems with Google. We also discuss the Huawei situation, and how it may affect Apple, and more. Google stored some passwords in plain text…
Epic disasters: ZombieLoad, WhatsApp, Google 2FA Keys, and Microsoft RDP
May 17 • 30 min
It's been a busy week for security vulnerabilities. ZombieLoad affects all recent Intel processors, and Apple has issued a fix for it. A serious WhatsApp vulnerability made the evening news because it was so dangerous. And Google and Microsoft had a few…
How We Use Facebook
May 10 • 33 min
We look at an issue that caused Firefox add-ons to not work for a while, and discuss a suggestion about making Apple's AirDrop more secure. Then we discuss how we use Facebook, and why we don't use it much any more (and perhaps why you should rethink how…
Should you worry about MDM software?
May 3 • 30 min
Apple has updated XProtect; what is this? Facebook bans quizzes and useless apps; finally. And we take a close look at MDM software, and how Apple has taken measures against apps that use this technology. Gatekeeper and opening apps from unknown…
When should you upgrade your Mac?
Apr 26 • 32 min
Macs last a long time, but whatever your needs, you’ll need to upgrade your Macs eventually. Whether you buy new or used, there comes a time when you need more power, RAM, storage, or all of the above. You don’t necessarily have to upgrade your entire…
Solving a problem that isn’t there
Apr 19 • 33 min
Breaking news: folding phones are out, and they’re breaking. Is this a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist? We also discuss the possibility of Apple creating a Find My Everything app, and we look at advertising identifiers on iOS device, and…
Is Apple Breaking Up iTunes?
Apr 12 • 36 min
Rumors abound of Apple breaking up iTunes, and we look at what this might entail. We also discuss how Amazon employees are listening in on Alexa devices, and we relate the story of an Apple employee whose confidential Apple devices were subject to…
The One About the iPad
Apr 5 • 36 min
We discuss the iPad: how it can replace a computer for some people, how the new iPad mini is a great little device, and how there are some elements of iOS that could be improved to make the iPad even better. iA Writer TypeIt4Me Review: The iPad mini…
Apple’s New Services, with Chuck Joiner
Mar 29 • 44 min
Mac podcaster Chuck Joiner joins us to discuss Apple's new services that were announced this week: news, games, TV, and even a credit card. MacVoices Podcast At Your Service: The Full Lowdown on Apple TV+, Apple News+, Apple Card, and Apple Arcade Steve…
This Is a Brain Hack
Mar 22 • 33 min
We take a deep dive into spam: how it works, and how you can manage it. We also discuss another Facebook blunder, some thoughts on preventing facial recognition software from spotting you, and a new porn blackmail scam allegedly from the CIA. Facebook…
Spoiler Alert
Mar 15 • 33 min
Josh tells us about the RSA security conference, and there are some new vulnerabilities that affect processors; one even has its own website. We also bring you some news about Facebook using phone numbers when they said they wouldn't, and Firefox's new…
Maintain Your Privacy When Browsing the Web
Mar 8 • 33 min
All modern web browsers provide the capability to use "private browsing," a way of maintaining your privacy when using the web. We discuss how to use this feature, as well as some browser extensions that will also mask some of your personal information.…
Marzipan and the iOSification of macOS
Mar 1 • 28 min
After some news about Facebook and user data (again), and a look at Apple's plan for securely managing health records, we look at Marzipan, Apple's framework for allowing iOS apps to easily run on macOS. What will the future look like? Will macOS become…
How to Securely Dispose of Hard Drives
Feb 22 • 31 min
A Messages prank, Google getting caught with a hidden mic, and password managers have flaws. And we discuss destroying hard drives creatively. iOS Safari Flaw Allows Deceptive Web Page Previews in Messages Google backtracks on Chrome modifications that…
How to Avoid Getting Hacked After Data Breaches
Feb 15 • 31 min
Data breaches are common, and when this happens, and your data is included, you need to know what to do to protect yourself. We take a deep dive into data breaches and the things you can do to keep yourself safe. The biggest ever data dump just hit a…
Why Doesn’t Apple Have a Mac Bug Bounty Program?
Feb 8 • 32 min
We discuss a new macOS Keychain vulnerability, which raises the question of why Apple still doesn't have a Mac bug bounty program. We also discuss shortcomings of two-factor authentication, the removal of the Do Not Track feature from Safari, whether or…
FaceTime, Facebook, Google, Shortcuts, Steganography, and More
Feb 1 • 28 min
Apple had a mean FaceTime bug; then they slapped down Facebook, and Google, for some underhanded app distribution. There are security risks using iOS Shortcuts, and there's new malware using steganography. VeryMal Mac Attack Hides Data Within a Picture…
The Biggest Data Breach Ever; Is Your Data Included?
Jan 25 • 37 min
Google is blocking ad blockers, but not their own ads. Apple has released a slew of updates. And the biggest data breach ever has been discovered, with 2.7 billion records. Is your data included? Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers…
Routers, Tweets, Bugs, and More
Jan 18 • 30 min
This week we focus on a wide range of security news. From router vulnerabilities to tweets storing precise location data; from $2 million bug bounties to Face ID issues; and lots more. Cyber researcher pulls public talk on hacking Apple's Face ID Face ID…
It’s the Ecosystem, Stupid
Jan 11 • 28 min
We discuss Apple's trolling of other companies at the Consumer Electronics Show this week, a delivery tracking app that sends and receives data in a strange way, and we then look at how Apple's ecosystem may be "under-appreciated," according to Tim Cook.…
New Year’s Resolutions to Secure Your Mac and iOS Devices
Jan 4 • 29 min
As the new year rolls in, we look at some New Year's resolutions to secure your Mac and iOS devices. These are simple tips that you can apply immediately to make your devices more secure. Episode #6: Passwords Are Hard New Year’s Resolutions to Check that…
The Year in Mac and iOS Security
Dec 28, 2018 • 30 min
We look at the biggest stories of 2018, and we discuss the impressive rise in the amount of malware that targets the Mac. Mac malware: The Year of the RAT MaMi Shlayer CreativeUpdater Unwanted cryptocurrency miner in App Store Dummy Calisto (fake Intego…
How Mobile Apps Track Your Location
Dec 21, 2018 • 31 min
New iPad Pros bend, but Apple says it's okay. Android's Face Unlock is much less secure than Apple's Face ID, and can be fooled with a 3D-printed head. And we look at a bank's password blunder. Then we look at how mobile apps track your location, and sell…
How to Set Up a New Mac
Dec 14, 2018 • 30 min
There's a lot of security news this week, and we look at how facial recognition has been used at concerts, and at doorbells, a security vulnerability in software for headsets, and the most popular passwords of the year. Then we discuss the best way to set…
How to Choose the Mac You Need
Dec 7, 2018 • 31 min
We discuss how to choose a new Mac among the broad line-up of Apple's products. We also look at some recent security issues, including a clever Touch ID scam, some new Mac Spyware, and more. And, Tom Cruise is in the news. Scammy iOS apps used Touch ID to…
Is Apple Changing from a Hardware Company to a Service Company?
Nov 30, 2018 • 32 min
This week's news include info about an Instagram data breach, an Amazon data breach, a new class-action lawsuit against Apple, and an expensive way to get access to your iPhone if you get locked out. Then we discuss whether Apple is morphing from a…
New Security Features in iOS 12 and macOS Mojave
Nov 23, 2018 • 30 min
We take a close look at the great new security features in iOS 12 and macOS Mojave. We also answer a few reader questions, about the Activity Monitor app, about when to upgrade hardware, and whether "free" media sites are safe. How to use Activity Monitor…
The Advantages of Using a VPN, with CyberGhost
Nov 16, 2018 • 31 min
We've often stressed how important it is to use a VPN. Today we welcome Andra Zaharia from Intego's partner company CyberGhost to discuss why we all need a VPN at times. CyberGhost VPN Episode 15: What's a VPN, and Why Should You Use One? Get 50% off Mac…
How to Shop Securely (and Save Money) on Black Friday
Nov 9, 2018 • 30 min
After some brief security news about the Mac, we discuss how you can be sure to shop securely on Black Friday; and we give you some tips to save money too! WebKit (Wikipedia) Apple security doc touts T2 chip benefits, including hardware prevention of…
Apple Brings Out New Macs and iPads
Nov 2, 2018 • 31 min
Apple released new Macs and iPads this week, and Josh and Kirk talk about the new MacBook Air, the Mac mini, and the iPod Pro. We also cover some security news, such as new Mac malware, Apple security updates, and more. Use Group FaceTime on your iPhone,…
How to Spot Fake Online Product Reviews
Oct 26, 2018 • 28 min
The holiday shopping season is here, and we all look at online product reviews, right? But many of them are fake. How can you tell which are reliable? We discuss that, cover more revelations about the "big hack" story that Bloomberg published recently,…
Security Deep Dive: Digital Certificates
Oct 19, 2018 • 28 min
We take a close look at how digital certificates work, and how they don't. We also discuss the latest Facebook data breach, Apple's new data download feature, and more. Apple Customers in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand Can Download a Copy of…
Was the Big Hack Really Big? And We Celebrate Our One-Year Anniversary
Oct 12, 2018 • 28 min
Was it really a big hack? Bloomberg claims that a Chinese hardware hack affected Apple, Amazon, and others, but the companies deny this accusation. And we look back on the first year of the podcast. Episode #6: Passwords Are Hard…
Facebook Blunders, Sloppy Russian Hackers, and More
Oct 5, 2018 • 27 min
Two major blunders have led a lot of people to question the security and privacy of Facebook. Some Russian hackers were caught trying to access a wi-fi network in the Netherlands. And law enforcement forced someone to open their iPhone X using Face ID.…
macOS Mojave Is Here
Sep 28, 2018 • 33 min
macOS Mojave has been released this week, and we discuss the main features that users will like (or not). We also look at Apple's recent security updates to all its operating systems, and some recent security threats, including a way to get access to any…
What iOS 12 Means for You
Sep 21, 2018 • 32 min
We take a look at some of the new features in iOS 12, released early this week. We also talk about some issues with Safari 12 and extensions, and follow up on a story we reported about malware in Mac App Store apps from Trend Micro. What’s New in Safari…
Is the Mac App Store Really Safe?
Sep 14, 2018 • 32 min
We used to think that apps from the Mac App Store were safe, but some recently discovered issues where apps purchased at the Mac App Store have been sending user data to servers have made us reconsider that. Apple Introduces New iPhones and Apple Watches…
Coming Soon from Apple
Sep 7, 2018 • 28 min
We discuss the new products that Apple might (or is likely to) announcement next week. We also cover some privacy news about Twitter and Apple's App Store. Josh's Twitter discussion with product manager Sarah Haider All New and Updated App Store Apps…
Advanced Persistent Threats by Nation-State Caliber Threat Actors
Aug 31, 2018 • 30 min
We start by looking at a couple of small but interesting updates to Apple hardware, then we discuss two advanced persistent threats. Do you know what this means? Listen to find out. Apple Releases Firmware Update for AirPort Express With AirPlay 2 Support…
Can You Prevent Google from Tracking Your Movements?
Aug 24, 2018 • 30 min
Google tracks your movement even when you tell its apps not to. We discuss this, and tell you how to turn off this "feature." We also discuss the latest Apple and security news. Apple Is Planning a New Low-Cost MacBook, Pro-Focused Mac Mini Apple Alerting…
What’s a Botnet, and How Do They Work?
Aug 17, 2018 • 27 min
We mention the term "botnet" from time to time, but what exactly is a botnet? How does it work? Is it self-aware? Can botnets be taken down? We look into this, and discuss the week's security news. Fire & Ice: Making and Breaking macOS Firewalls…
Should You Be Concerned About Porn Blackmail Emails?
Aug 10, 2018 • 28 min
Lots of people having been receiving blackmail emails claiming that they've been filmed watching porn. We explain how this scam works. We also talk about the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit apps, Firefox's new DNS scheme, and more. What Are 32-Bit…
Security Software Deep Dive: How Intego NetBarrier Firewall Works
Aug 3, 2018 • 25 min
We take a close look at how Intego's NetBarrier firewall works. We explain how its multi-pronged defense keeps you safe, and discuss how best to set it up. Intego NetBarrier Intego NetBarrier X9 Compared to macOS High Sierra’s Firewall Why You Need an…
Episode 41: Malware Masquerades as an Intego Software Installer
Jul 27, 2018 • 29 min
Some malware was found recently that pretends to be an Intego VirusBarrier installer. We also talk about Google's choice to suggest that HTTP websites are insecure, and a recent story showing that security keys can prevent phishing. Google Chrome users…
How to Protect Your Digital Legacy
Jul 20, 2018 • 31 min
We discuss how you can protect your digital legacy and ensure that your data doesn't get lost if something happens to you, and we discuss the many elements of your data that are accessible from the lock screen of your iPhone or iPad. How to Prepare Your…
Security Software Deep Dive: How Antivirus Works
Jul 13, 2018 • 32 min
After a tale of an Apple ID getting blocked for a strange reason, and some security news, we take a close look at how antivirus software works. Updating macOS in VMware Fusion Leads to Apple ID Reset Apple's lates security updates WebKit (Wikipedia) This…
How to Make Sure Your Mac’s Software Is Working Smoothly
Jul 6, 2018 • 31 min
We discuss some ways to check your Mac's software and ensure that it is running smoothly. And we bring the latest Mac security news. Apple's First MacBook Pro With Retina Display is Now 'Vintage' Usb Restricted Mode and Forensics – Is There a Workaround?…
How to Make Sure Your Mac’s Hardware Is Working Properly
Jun 29, 2018 • 28 min
We discuss some ways to check your Mac's hardware to make sure everything is working correctly, and we discussed some recent security issues, and a new way that wi-fi will be protected in the future. Episode 13: Is My Computer's CPU Secure? Black Hat…
Lock Down and Secure Your Router
Jun 22, 2018 • 26 min
We look at your home router and explain the many steps you can take to make sure it is secure. How to Secure Your Home Router Episode #33: Cryptojacking, Russian Router Malware, and Parental Controls How to Remove Wi-Fi Networks from Your Mac and iOS…
Where’s the Best Place to Buy Mac Apps?
Jun 15, 2018 • 30 min
Some new security threats arise, and we discuss code signing and Apple's Gatekeeper technology. We then look at the pros and cons of buying Mac apps from the Mac App Store or directly from developers. VMware Fusion Parallels Desktop Third-Party macOS…
iOS 12, macOS Mojave, Features and Security & Privacy Enhancements
Jun 8, 2018 • 30 min
We cover Apple's new operating system announcements, looking at the new features in iOS 12 and macOS Mojave. And we take a close look at the security and privacy features in these operating systems. Why do the iPhone X’s Animoji work after covering Face…
Cryptojacking, Russian Router Malware, and Parental Controls
Jun 1, 2018 • 31 min
We discuss Apple's recent operating system updates - and the one they didn't update - cover some new malware, and then take a close look at using parental controls on the Mac and on iOS. iCloud security overview (for Messages in the Cloud) AirPlay 2 Apple…
Browser Cookies & Private Browsing
May 25, 2018 • 30 min
We talk about all those GDPR emails you've been receiving, mention a new Spectre-type vulnerability, and then take a deep dive into browser cookies and private browsing. Episode 13: Is My Computer's CPU Secure? How to Request a Copy of Your Apple ID…
Delete Your Social Media History
May 18, 2018 • 31 min
We discuss the new EFAIL issue affecting encrypted email; discuss a new class-action suit against Apple; and then explain how you can delete your history on Facebook and Twitter. It's not easy, but it's possible. Sponsor: Have an old Mac, iPhone, or iPad…
What Is a Firewall, and How Does it Work?
May 11, 2018 • 33 min
After some news about an interesting new iOS security feature, some potential malware, and a surprising move by Microsoft, we delve into firewalls. What is a firewall? How does it work? Why do you need one? Sponsor: Have an old Mac, iPhone, or iPad you…
Social Engineering Scams to Beware, and Digital Spring Cleaning Tips
May 4, 2018 • 29 min
We explain what tech support scams - by phone, or on the web - are all about, and we then take a close look at the best ways to do a spring cleaning on your Mac. Sponsor: Have an old Mac, iPhone, or iPad you want to sell? Get a $10 bonus today via…
Beware of Trustjacking
Apr 27, 2018 • 31 min
We discuss three new types of Mac malware, talk about the latest Mac and iOS security updates, then look at a sneaky new threat that can affect the security of your iOS devices. Sponsor: Have an old Mac, iPhone, or iPad you want to sell? Get a $10 bonus…
How to Securely Sell Your Old Mac, iPhone, or iPad
Apr 20, 2018 • 31 min
In this week's episode, we explain why you may see dialogs on your Mac warning that your apps aren't compatible. Then we welcome Brian Burke, the president of SellYourMac.com, to discuss the best way to sell your old Mac, iPhone, or iPad. This is a…
Facebook, DNS, Apple Privacy, New Mac Pro, and More
Apr 11, 2018 • 32 min
We cover a lot this week. Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, a new DNS service for individuals, new Apple privacy features, the new Mac Pro, and more. Facebook Launches Help Center Tool to Check if Your Data Was Shared With Cambridge Analytica Go to this…
How to Not Get Scammed Online
Apr 4, 2018 • 27 min
We look at the ten most common online scams, and explain how to avoid them. And we mention the fact that Apple has updated everything this week. Apple Issues New Security Updates, Patches APFS Volume Password Bug Top 10 Online Scams: Watch Out For These…
Facebook, Privacy, and Logins
Mar 28, 2018 • 28 min
After some news - about a 100TB SSD, storing data in DNA, and more - we discuss whether your smart speaker is spying on you, then examine what could happen if you delete your Facebook account. Could you still log in on all the websites where you used your…
Which Hard Drive Is Best for Your Mac?
Mar 21, 2018 • 30 min
We look at the three different types of hard drives you can use with your Mac: hard disks, fusion drives, and SSDs. We also discuss a cryptocurrency miner in the Mac App store, a new device that can crack any iPhone, and rumors of new Mac laptops.…
Passwords in the Cloud
Mar 14, 2018 • 29 min
How secure are your passwords and other data in the cloud? We discuss how Apple's iCloud Keychain works, and whether you can trust it. In the news, we look at the "Right to Repair" bill in California, and discuss whether iTunes is going away. (Spoiler:…
Changes Coming to macOS Server
Mar 7, 2018 • 30 min
Apple is simplifying its macOS Server software, and we discuss what you may want to do if you use this software. We also look at some recent news, such as how a Mac user was able to track a Mac his sold for three years, and how a company claims they can…
To Beta or Not to Beta…
Feb 28, 2018 • 27 min
Is it a good idea to join Apple’s public beta programs, to get access to new features before everyone else? We discuss the pros and cons of being a guinea pig. We also highlight some recent Mac security issues and malware. Apple Releases Security Updates…
Do You Really Want an AI Listening to You All the Time?
Feb 21, 2018 • 26 min
We discuss Apple's HomePod, and the security implications of having an AI listening to you all the time. We also cover news about the Chrome browser's new built-in ad blocker, a text message bug that affects Apple devices (and is now fixed), and an…
The Year in Mac Security, and Tips for Backing Up Your Mac
Feb 14, 2018 • 34 min
We look at the year in Mac security 2017, and discuss the rise in malware. And we discuss the best strategies for backing up your Mac. But first, Kirk tells about how his website was (sort of) hacked. NameCheap Name Server Vulnerability Allows…
Ad Blocking: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Ethics
Feb 7, 2018 • 31 min
An overuse of ads has made it hard to read websites. In order to read easily, and safely, it's useful to use an ad blocker. We discuss why you may want to use an ad blocker, how they work, and how to use them in macOS and iOS. Ad-Blockers: The Good, the…
Malware and Security Lingo: What Do Those Words Mean?
Jan 31, 2018 • 32 min
We use lots of strange words to describe malware and security issues. We look at malware and security lingo, explain who gets to name new malware, and also talk about Apple's latest updates to all their operating systems. Apple security update information…
What’s a VPN, and Why Should You Use One?
Jan 24, 2018 • 27 min
After a brief discussion of the week's news, we look at VPNs, virtual private networks. We explain how they work, and when and why you might want to use one. Note that Apple released fixes for the Messages bug and some other issues we discuss on January…
What’s Up with My iPhone’s Battery?
Jan 17, 2018 • 33 min
We discuss and explain the issue around iPhone batteries, and tell you what to do if your iPhone's battery isn't lasting all day. We also look at a new, dumb password bug in macOS High Sierra, new Wi-Fi security standards, and new Mac malware. Yet another…
Is My Computer’s CPU Secure?
Jan 10, 2018 • 31 min
Meltdown and Spectre; two vulnerabilities that affect the majority of computers and portable devices in circulation, need software and perhaps hardware fixes to be secure. Josh discuss an interview he conducted with a security researcher on some…
What to Do if You’ve Been Hacked
Jan 3, 2018 • 30 min
The producer of our podcast, Doug Adams, had his iCloud account hacked, and he joins us to explain what happened, and how he resolved the issue. We talk about what to do if this happens to you. And we tell you everything you need to know to not be a…
Handcuffs Made of Tissue Paper
Dec 27, 2017 • 28 min
Search engines collect and harvest lots of data about you, what you look for, where you are, and what you buy. We explain how you can tell Google to store less of their data, and how to change to a more privacy-friendly search engine. And we explain what…
Tom Cruise Is in Every Starbucks
Dec 20, 2017 • 30 min
With just a few days before Christmas, we discuss how to safely shop online in the holiday season and all year round. We also talk about a recent Apple firmware update for AirPort base stations, one that patches the KRACK exploit. Wi-Fi KRACK…
This Is Potemkin Security
Dec 13, 2017 • 28 min
Apple discovered an embarrassing bug on December 2, and had to rush out a hurried update to fix it. We discuss this, look at the best way to back up iOS devices, and explain a change that Apple has made to iOS that trades security for convenience. Early…
I Have Root
Dec 6, 2017 • 27 min
We discuss the recent serious vulnerability that affects macOS High Sierra, which prompted Apple to rush out a security update. We explain what this means, and how important it is to keep your Mac up to date. “I Am Root”: A Retrospective on a Severe Mac…
Tom Cruise Is in the Row Behind You
Nov 29, 2017 • 29 min
We look at a fake antivirus blog that's distributing malware, and we discuss why you need to protect your Mac when you're at the coffee machine. Because Tom Cruise might be lurking near your Mac. Watch Out! A Fake Antivirus Blog is Distributing Proton…
Episode 6: Passwords Are Hard (correcthorsebatterystaple)
Nov 22, 2017 • 32 min
Kirk and Josh talk take a close look at passwords, how to create secure passwords, and what types of passwords to avoid. Episode 5: Two-Factor Authentication; Should You Be Worried about Bitcoin? haveibeenpwned.com correcthorsebatterystaple (XKCD) List of…
Two-Factor Authentication; Should You Be Worried about Bitcoin?
Nov 15, 2017 • 32 min
Kirk and Josh talk explain what two-factor authentication is and why you should use it, then discuss Bitcoin, and explain how some apps and websites hijack your processor to make (virtual) money. Two-Factor Authentication: How It Works and Why You Should…
iOS Apps and Privacy; Amazon Wants to Open Your Front Door
Nov 8, 2017 • 28 min
Kirk and Josh talk discuss recent issues around apps having access to your iPhone's or iPad's camera all the time. They then wonder if they'd let Amazon go into their homes when no one's there to drop off packages. iOS apps can access both your cameras at…
New Mac Malware, and Apple’s New APFS File System
Nov 1, 2017 • 25 min
Kirk McElhearn and Josh Long talk about the latest Mac malware and threats, and look at Apple's new APFS file system, and what you need to know as you upgrade to macOS High Sierra. KRACK and the state of malware that affects Macs Wi-Fi Protected Access II…
Intego’s 20th Anniversary, and a Look at Apple’s Face ID
Oct 23, 2017 • 34 min
Kirk McElhearn and Josh Long chat with Serge Kameni, a long-time Intego developer, about the company's early years, then discuss Apple's Face ID, coming with the iPhone X. Happy Anniversary! Intego Celebrates 20 Years in Business Apple’s Face ID Security…
Introducing the Intego Mac Podcast
Oct 5, 2017 • 26 min
Kirk McElhearn and Josh Long introduce the Intego Mac Podcast and discuss Apple's recent macOS and iOS operating system upgrades, and take a close look at Apple's security and privacy features. Apple's Privacy page Read about the Secure Enclave in this…