Encrypting files provides a robust way to protect their contents. Files are scrambled in a way that makes them unreadable unless a person can provide a password. An empty drive can be formatted so anything you add to it is encrypted from the outset, and you can apply this technique to a volume that only takes up some of the drive’s capacity. Here's how to encrypt your files and keep prying eyes away.
Many of us are becoming more and more concerned about having our online activities tracked. Some of us want to avoid a barrage of constant marketers and spam, while others want to dodge overzealous content blocking from their Internet service provider. Generally, though, most of us simply want to use the Internet as we please without our browsing being snooped on and logged by the authorities. Here’s how you can temporarily surf in secret in Safari, and how to use the Tor network and the Onion web browser to surf stealthily all the time.
The biggest news of the week was iPhones bending and iOS 8.0.1 being some kinda broken. But were the problems overblown or were they real? And if they were real, what's the fix? What other newness happened this week? Let's have a look.
The comparative safety of data on Apple's devices has long been one of their chief selling points, and FBI Director James Comey just can't stand it when Apple plays up those features. And now that Google, too, has taken to tightening up its mobile operating system, he announced to reporters today that he'd been in talks with the companies. "What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves above the law," he said, as reported by the Huffington Post.
Does anyone else have a virtual hangover from downloading so many updates yesterday? iOS 8 has officially touched down on existing devices, and with it comes a renewed focus on security and user privacy, as outlined in today's Morning Report. We've also got details on the latest updates to Apple TV and OS X Mavericks, as well as how to say goodbye to iPhoto for iOS. Click and read!
Media outlets large and small appear to be tripping over themselves to report everything Apple might be planning for a rumored media event in early September, as the list of things we may or may not see gets bigger — including iOS 8 HealthKit, a new "anti-reflection" iPad, and of course, the iPhone 6, which all just so happen to be in today's Morning Report!
Privacy is one of the most important words in tech today. It seems like we hear about new threats to our identities almost daily, whether someone’s hacking into our credit card company’s files or the government is peeking into our emails and messages. But it’s not just our personal information that’s vulnerable. The files on our Macs that we never see — cookies, caches, download histories, recent items, even icons — can be used to track our digital fingerprints and compromise our privacy without us ever realizing it. If you don’t want all of this data to come back and haunt you, you should get rid of it.
One of each, that's what we have for you this refurb Thursday. One of nearly each model Apple makes of everything that's refurbed for your budget conscious decisions. And since we're eyeing your wallets for you, we'll keep it to the base models. If you ever wanted to get in on the Apple ground floor, this week's got you covered. We're light on accessories, but heavy on the goods.
One of the prevailing themes of 2013 was the invasion of privacy, and as AppleInsider reports, new research from Johns Hopkins University shows that some Mac users have more to worry about besides the NSA. Based on their findings, the iSight camera on Macs made in 2008 and before can be activated without triggering the green light signaling that it's on. The flaw in question doesn't work on later models, but that doesn't mean that updated versions haven't been written.
Last week, federal courts dismissed two consumer lawsuits against Apple, one dealing with privacy issues, the other dealing with antitrust issues. In both cases, consumers were seeking monetary damages from Apple, and in both cases, judges decided they'd heard enough and sent everyone home. Once again, we see that suing Apple over imaginary injuries is not a very effective get-rich-quick scheme.