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.
Well, despite WWDC being just around the corner, the Apple rumor mill hasn't turned up anything spectacularly groundbreaking this week. Hmm, we wonder if Tim Cook's promise to knuckle down on security is paying off. Meanwhile, could the war also be coming to an end with Google? And what's this giant security risk with your iPhone and why didn't Apple reply to the hackers who brought it to their attention? Let's find out what's going on out there.
The recent Heartbleed bug managed to turn even the most secure Internet passwords into a potential security risk, but for those smart enough to invest in good password management software, the situation appears considerably less dire. 1Password is hands-down the best such solution, and we’d go so far as to recommend it as a required purchase for anyone with a Mac or iOS device.
Sooo, just the biggest internet security problem in EVER this week, but no biggie. Lucky for Apple users, many of their services were safe, though it's not like you can't have been affected. Plus, iWatch rumors heating up this week, so we're moving into higher gear on the rumor front. And if you love LEGO, we've got a treat for you.
It's a good day to be an Apple user. Dire news about a security flaw named Heartbleed has been circulating around the Internet for the last week, but the Cupertino company said in a statement to Re/code today that you have little to worry about as regards iOS, OS X, and Apple's "key web services." All were apparently unaffected.
Well, Apple's future is getting close to becoming clear as the date for WWDC 2014 has finally been let loose. Looks like some tech journalists are going to be revamping any early summer vacation plans. Meanwhile, it feels like it's been so long since Microsoft had a hit that this week's news of how well Office for iPad did can't help but be a shot in the arm. Plus games, leaks, updates and new stuff all in this week's hottest news.
Security and privacy are big concerns these days, and few things emphasize that so well as Chitika's data (via AppleInsider) demonstrating how quickly Apple's iOS 7.0.6 patch was adopted by iPhone and iPad users. Within 48 hours of its release, the security-focused patch was installed on more than 13.3 percent of iDevices throughout North America. As of yesterday, that number stood at 25.9 percent.
Back when the whole Edward Snowden/PRISM scandal broke out, a small (if qualified) saving grace for Apple is that it was apparently the most recent company the NSA accessed. It's still unknown how true all that was, but in an interview with ABC's David Muir, Apple CEO Tim Cook once again drove home his repeated position that Apple looks out for the security of its users.
If you’ve ever played “What would you take to a deserted island?” the response probably included any number of practical, real-world items needed for basic human survival. In our case, 1Password would rank squarely near the top. Compatible with web browsers such as Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox, and now Opera, 1Password acts as a secure central depository for logins and passwords, as well as credit cards, reward programs, and even personal identities, providing websites one-click access to sensitive information.
This week's stories are about resurrection of old names, how one company pivoted in the face of the iPhone's awesome-sauce, the unveiling of some new amazingness we've all been waiting for plus the newest games of the week and a few apps that might just keep you sane these last few weeks of the year. That and more as always, just step right inside.