Intego Mac Podcast

Intego Mac Podcast

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Advice from Mac experts on the latest Apple news in security and more
What’s a Botnet, and How Do They Work?
Aug 17 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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. Social Engineering: Beware of ‘Tech Support’ Scams Teaming up in the war on tech support…
Beware of Trustjacking
Apr 27 • 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 Sell Your Old Mac, iPhone, or iPad
Apr 20 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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…