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iPhone 3GS encryption “useless”?

Wired has a report about the iPhone 3GS encryption feature. Jonathan Zdziarski is quoted as saying the encryption is basically worthless; while that quote alone wouldn’t normally attract my attention, the article has a lot of details that should make a lot of businesses think twice about relying on the “wipe my phone” feature.

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Apple admits Mac OS users can get viruses

It’s taken them several years to finally get to this point, but Apple has acknowledged that Mac users are not immune from viruses. During WWDC, their Mac OS security page was updated with the following text:

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iPhone 3GS security improvements

One of the announcements Apple made during this week’s WWDC conference was that the iPhone 3GS will include an extra security feature aimed mostly at enterprise deployments: “encryption” that will enable a remote wipe feature. The only thing missing are details about what will be encrypted; this text is the only information I’ve managed to […]

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XSS against Google services: scary, but fixed fast

Let’s start with the bad news: a researcher known only by his nickname “Inferno” just announced he has found a cross-site scripting vulnerability on many Google services. While XSS attacks are, unfortunately, a common thing this one is far scarier than most. Since almost all Google services use a single cookie on the domain […]

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iPhone 3.0 finally adds iCalendar subscriptions

As announced last month at the preview event, Apple has finally added support for subscribing to iCal (.ics) calendars to the iPhone OS. This is a feature I’ve been missing from the first day I started using the iPhone: up until now the only way to synchronize a calendar was using a desktop app and […]

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Passwords and the iPhone

Ever since I started using an iPhone, entering passwords has been a major annoyance. Since the built-in browser has no option for remembering passwords, I have to re-enter every single password for every website I use way too often.

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Mac malware getting serious

There were two separate news items this week that together show MacOS X has finally become an attractive platform for malware makers. The first was reported by several news sites: pirated copies of iWork were found to contain malware. From the advisory: The installer for the Trojan horse is launched as soon as a user […]

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Creating compressed .dmg files

Here’s a quick howto for people that need to distribute files to Mac users. I used to create .tgz files when I needed to transfer a large amount of data to another mac, but I recently found an easier way. With a little bit of scripting (or a lot of mouseclicks in Disk Utility) you […]

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Viruses? On a Mac? Did Apple really write about that?

Apple has just removed the article recommending the use of anti-virus software from their homepage. Does that mean you don’t have to worry about viruses infecting your Mac?

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Apple encouraging users to use anti-virus software

Heise notes that Apple is now officially recommending the use of anti-virus software on MacOS X. In Apple’s their own words: Apple encourages the widespread use of multiple antivirus utilities so that virus programmers have more than one application to circumvent, thus making the whole virus writing process more difficult.  It’s pretty tempting, but I’ll […]

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