Knock, knock, who’s there? It’s your iPhone, unlocking your Mac! Knock is a clever solution pairing a paid iPhone app with free OS X host software, which allows owners of late-model Mac computers to log into their user accounts by simply "knocking" twice on the handset – even if it’s sitting locked and idle in your pocket. The iPhone and iPod touch app performs this trickery by communicating with the Mac in question using the latest low-energy Bluetooth 4.0.
Evernote is a great service, but over the years it's worked a little too hard to become a jack of all trades when it comes to saving scraps of data. A new app called Mustbin promises a return to the basics.
The debut of Avira Mobile Security is something of a head-scratcher: iPhone owners generally have little reason to worry about the security of their device, at least on the software front. Apple works hard to keep its mobile operating system locked down tight (often to the dismay of developers), and quickly plugs any holes that do crop up. Avira’s app scans any device it’s installed on for malicious processes, along with offering tips on how to make the most of available storage and battery life conservation.
You might recall that last week we reported on a nasty vulnerability issue with iOS 7 in which other people could bypass your iPhone's lockscreen and access your photos, e-mail, and social networking accounts by exploiting the Control Center. Today Apple released a fix for it with a 17.4 MB update that also introduces a Greek keyboard for our friends in the Mediterranean.
On the heels of iOS 7's launch, a particularly nasty vulnerability issue has been discovered by user Jose Rodriguez of Spain, who sent a video detailing the problem to Forbes. By exploiting the design of the Control Center by swiping up on the lock screen, someone else can access the iPhone's photos, e-mail, and social networking accounts without even worrying about the passcode.
Do you use a passcode on your iPhone? Apple marketing boss Phil Schiller thinks you should, and even has a new feature on the iPhone 5S that will let you make iTunes purchases with the touch of a finger.
As two-factor authentication becomes more widespread, users start relying more on apps like Google Authenticator, which thankfully received a much-needed facelift — and, less thankfully, one show-stopping bug.
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.
It's bad enough when Facebook's official policies cause concerns about privacy; it's worse when undiscovered bugs in the gigantic social network start revealing your data to other users. And that's apparently what's been happening, as this afternoon Facebook confirmed that a bug that disclosed private contact information had affected around six million users over the last year. It has since been removed.