How to view, search and edit Safari passwords

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 11, 2016

If you’re tired of always having to log in, Safari will happily save web passwords in your keychain. Even better, the browser can automatically fill in your user names and passwords the next time you visit your favorite websites.

And with the iCloud Keychain feature, your saved passwords can be synchronized across devices in a safe, secure manner. In this tutorial, you’re going to learn how to search saved Safari passwords without needing to visit their websites, view your saved logins, as well as add, delete and manage saved passwords.  Read More

 

Why and how to use a VPN on your iOS device or Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 10, 2016

A virtual private network, commonly referred to as a VPN, is a type of connection you can use over the internet that helps to secure your identity as you surf the web.

Often times, they’re used to improve your security and privacy on public Wi-Fi networks, but they’re also used for a wide variety of other reasons. If you’ve been considering using a VPN on your iOS device(s) or Mac(s), then you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to tell you all about why you should consider using a VPN and how to use them to your advantage. Read More

 

Gmail gains lock and question mark icons to indicate if emails are encrypted and authenticated

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2016

In honor of the Safer Internet Day, Google on Tuesday announced in a blog post that it has added a lock icon in Gmail’s web interface to denote whether or not your emails are encrypted. Additionally, a question mark icon on a sender’s avatar indicates messages that are not authenticated.

Gmail has supported encrypted connections between a user’s machine and its servers for some time now, but this doesn’t provide the full protection if a sender’s email client or email service does not support encryption in transit using TLS.

The new lock icon makes it easier to see if a message you received from someone is encrypted or not, and whether or not it can be authenticated. Read More

 

iMessage read receipts: privacy vs courtesy

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 9, 2016

One of the features you can take advantage of in iMessage, as well as many other internet chat services, is sending and receiving read receipts, which are a type of confirmation that tell you when the recipient has read the message you’ve sent to them.

It’s useful for when you want to ensure they’ve received your message, and although not everyone likes to have people knowing when they read people’s messages, some like to let others know when their message was received loud and clear, whether they’re able to respond right away or not.

In this post, we will talk about the implications of using read receipts or not. We’ll also show you how to turn read receipts on or off for iMessage on your iOS devices, as well as on your Mac. Read More

 

Everything you need to know about the location services built into your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 30, 2016

Not long ago, we took you through an overview of the location services settings that come with your iOS device and told you all about how you can increase your privacy by configuring your location services wisely.

It’s worth noting, however, that even your Mac uses your location for certain things; and with that in mind, you may want to look at your location services settings on your Mac to make sure you’re limiting what you need to limit and are only allowing location services for the things you actually use.

In this walk-through, we’ll explain the location services settings that come with OS X and tell you all about what might be using your location in the background. Read More

 

Why you should avoid free VPNs

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 29, 2016

VPNs are great tools for helping secure your internet access on an unsecured Wi-Fi network, such as those at McDonald’s, but did you know that not all VPNs are created equally?

By using a free VPN that you haven’t carefully read the terms and conditions of, you might be putting your privacy at more of a risk than it would have been just using the unsecured Wi-Fi network to browse the web in the first place. Read More

 

Ten ways to increase privacy on iOS

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 22, 2016

Privacy is an invaluable right to anyone who owns a computer or mobile device. With so much of your information being so easy to track with today’s technology, it really is an important step in protecting our identities, information, and data from being snooped on or stolen.

In this guide, we’ll take you through several steps to enhance your privacy on your iPhone or iPad by using many of the mobile operating system’s built-in tools. Read More

 

Understanding iOS Location Services and what they do

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 21, 2016

Location services are among some of the most over-used features on any iOS device. Out of the box, iOS devices with location services enabled are configured to track your location in various reasons, including producing the best user experience possible.

In this guide, we’ll show you all about how to configure your location services so that you’re not being tracked when you don’t need to be, giving you the privacy you deserve. Read More

 

Hide Facebook Messenger notification previews from the Lock screen for more privacy

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 21, 2016

Facebook Messenger is among one of the most popular third-party cross-platform messaging services available on the internet today; Almost everybody with a Facebook account uses it, whether they want to admit it or not.

Recently, we showed you how you could hide notification previews from the Lock screen for the Messages and Mail apps, but in this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how to do the same thing with messages coming in from Facebook Messenger on your iOS devices. Read More

 

How to keep your iPhone from knowing where you are going next

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 20, 2016

Your iPhone is equipped with a feature called Frequent Locations, which slowly tracks your location in the background to keep you updated via Notification Center and the Lock screen on how long it would take you to get to your favorite places based on how often you visit them.

If you choose to enable Location Services during the initial iPhone setup, this feature will be enabled by default, so if you feel like it is a slight hindrance on your ability to remain private, you just might be right. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can disable the feature and keep your iPhone from knowing where you are going next. Read More

 

How to open a new private window in Safari for Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 20, 2016

One of the features of the Safari web browser built into your Mac that will come in handy time and time again are the private browsing windows that you can open to browse the web privately without having your browsing history stored in your computer for the next user to see.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to open a private browsing window in Safari on your Mac so that you’re ready the next time you need to perform a web search incognito. Read More

 

How to hide text & email notification previews from the Lock screen

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 19, 2016

Typically, iOS shows a preview of your incoming iMessage, SMS, and email messages on the Lock screen whenever you have a pending notification, as shown above on the left. When privacy is a big concern for you, and it should be, you might want to disable this feature so that prying eyes don’t see everything you’re being sent.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to hide message previews from the Lock screen so your incoming notifications that are displayed on the Lock screen will be more private. Read More

 

Increasing privacy in Safari for iOS

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 14, 2016

Most of you who use an iOS device probably use Safari as your main web browser despite the vast number of third-party alternatives available in the App Store, but how often do you think about the privacy of your information when you’re using it?

Apple gives users a number of privacy options for using Safari on your iOS device to keep your information safe, and in this tutorial, we aim to make you more familiar with them and talk a little about how to use them. Read More

 

Facebook search results now include public posts

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 23, 2015

Facebook announced yesterday it is now including public posts into search results while bringing personalized suggestions and highlighting popular stories with expanded search functions.

“Today, we’re updating Facebook Search so that in addition to friends and family, you can find out what the world is saying about topics that matter to you,” wrote the social networking firm.

Enhanced search features are currently available across Facebook for iPhone, Android and on the web, to US English users only. Read More

 

Apple opposes proposed Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act

By Cody Lee on Oct 20, 2015

Apple on Tuesday provided a statement to The Washington Post, voicing its opposition to the proposed CISA bill. The legislation, which spelled out reads the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, is expected to be voted on by the Senate within the next few days.

“We don’t support the current CISA proposal,” Apple told The Post, reiterating its position on the privacy and trust of iOS and Mac users. “The trust of our customers means everything to us and we don’t believe security should come at the expense of their privacy.” Read More

 

Apple tells judge it’s ‘impossible’ to unlock and extract data from devices running iOS 8 or later

By Cody Lee on Oct 20, 2015

Late Monday, Apple filed a brief with a federal magistrate judge in Brooklyn, New York, reiterating its inability to unlock its devices. As it has before, the company told the judge that accessing data stored on a locked device running iOS 8 or later is technically impossible, due to strengthened encryption methods. Read More

 

Some App Store apps found to gather personal information, Apple acts swiftly

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 19, 2015

As many as 256 iPhone, iPod touch and iPad applications in the App Store, a majority of them from Chinese developers, have been found to violate Apple’s privacy policy by gathering personal information such as email addresses, installed apps and even serial numbers, an analysis by security analytics startup SourceDNA has found out.

In addition, the offending apps, which obviously went under the radar of Apple’s App Store editorial team, have been found to collect other personally identifying information that can be used to track users. Read More

 

1Password for Mac gains large type option, changing secondary vault password and more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 15, 2015

AgielBits’ popular password-management utility, 1Password, was refreshed in the Mac App Store today with several notable enhancements. For starters, the app has brought out a new large type option to make those passwords easier to read on huge monitors and Macs with high-resolution Retina screens.

People who happen to manage multiple vaults in 1Password should jump with joy as they can at last change passwords for secondary vaults, too.

The top layout view has seen some changes as well with rich item icons and customizable columns. Last but not least, 1Password 5.4 for Mac includes security updates to address the dreaded XARA vulnerabilities. Read More

 

What to know about ‘YiSpecter,’ new malware targeting all iOS devices

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 5, 2015

Just as all the hoopla surrounding the XcodeGhost attack appears to have died down, security researchers over at Palo Alto Networks have identified a new type of harmful malware.

Dubbed YiSpecter, it can install itself on both jailbroken and non-jailbroken iOS devices and is the first iOS malware that exploit Apple’s private APIs to implement malicious functionalities.

Here’s everything you need to know about this new type of attack, what Apple is saying about the malware and what you can do in order to protect your devices from becoming infected with YiSpecter. Read More

 

iOS 9.0.2 fixed vulnerability that allowed Lock screen access to photos and contacts

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 1, 2015

iOS 9.0.2 has patched a potentially disturbing vulnerability which allowed malicious users who have access to your device to use Siri from the Lock screen in order to browse your photos and contacts.

According to Apple’ official iOS 9.0.2 release notes, the software has fixed the issue which allowed access to photos and contacts on a locked device by “restricting options offered on a locked device.”

The vulnerability was left unpatched in iOS 9.0 and iOS 9.0.1 and affected the iPhone 4s and later, fifth-generation iPod touch and later and iPad 2 and later. Read More

 
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