Lot of security questions going on this week and expectations of new devices going into the holiday season. What's this about big security flaws people have found in iOS devices? Could there be trouble in Cupertino's paradise? Nah, but you should still be careful. That and more as the holiday season begins gearing up with Black Friday news in this week's roundup of the hottest stories for Apple fans.
So we have some news of what's coming up in the near future but we also have a few rumors to add to the pile. What's the latest on Apple Watch? And hot on the success of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, is Apple going bigger and bigger and bigger? And just who does want to play Steve Jobs in a biopic anyway? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
Barely a day after The New York Times published a piece on Palo Alto Networks' discovery of "WireLurker," a new malware threat in China that infects both Macs and iOS devices through USB transmission, Apple has already taken steps to neutralize the damage. In a statement to The Wall Street Journal, the Cupertino company noted that the harmful software was "available from a download site aimed at users in China," and now it's preventing affected users from even opening the harmful apps on their Macs.
Funny that we were just talking about the benefits of a closed operating system. Mac OS X isn't anywhere near as closed as iOS 7, and thus it's more susceptible to malware attacks. As reported by security firm ESET (via MacRumors), Mac users who used cracked versions of popular programs now need to worry about a nasty trojan that's been stealing bitcoins.
Apple sometimes gets a hefty dose of criticism for its closed-system approach to iOS, but it's important to remember that closed systems have their benefits as well. That much was apparent in a recent statement Android chief Sundar Pichai made to an audience at the Mobile World Congress (via FrAndroid).
Apple's iOS may not allow us to make goofy modifications to the home screen or use Bluetooth mice with our iOS devices, but as a recent report from the Department of Homeland Security shows, there's plenty of reasons to be glad for that closed system. According to the report, which is based on statistics from 2012, Google's Android service is responsible for 79 percent of all mobile malware.
Apple already has a lot of security features baked into the Mac. From its strong, well-tested Unix foundation to the built-in privacy features of OS X, it’s one of the most secure operating systems available to consumers. A lot of users, however, make mistakes in their daily usage that can severely compromise the security of their Mac. We’ll show you these pitfalls and help you lock down your Mac to make your privacy, digital information, and even your hardware less likely to be compromise, covering everything from user accounts to the physical security layer of your computing workflow.
We're getting closer and closer to Apple's fall event, which means more rumors are cropping up, leaks are making headlines, claimed leaks are competing for news cycle oxygen, and jockeying for a little time on Apple's hobby TV box thingamajig is becoming more interesting. Did you miss any of that this week? Well, climb aboard, kids, because we're gonna do the news in ten.
If you're using a Windows machine, be on the lookout for a malware-laden e-mail that claims to be offering a $200 gift card to the Apple Store. (If you're using a Mac, you have less to worry about, but it's still fake.) As Webroot reports (via MacRumors), though, the e-mail goes beyond the simple phishing schemes usually associated with these mails and actually possesses the power to do damage to your computer.
Remember when Apple's Mac OS was largely a niche system and the cyber thugs of the world largely left us alone? There were some good aspects about those days, as Malwarebytes reminds us with a report of some nasty "ransomware" currently circulating through Macs that masquerades as an official FBI notice demanding $300. Trojans like these are old news for most Windows users, but they're unfamiliar enough on Macs that they might catch some users unaware. Worse yet, they also feed on contemporary fears about the monitoring of electronic devices by the NSA.