iOS 10.1.1 bug allows researchers to bypass Activation Lock protection on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2016

Back in November, India-based security researcher Hemanth Joseph discovered a bug in iOS 10.1 which permitted him to bypass Apple’s anti-theft Activation Lock feature by entering an excessively long string of characters in the Wi-Fi setup text fields.

Apple has patched the flaw in iOS 10.1.1 but now, as noted by SecurityWeek, researchers at Vulnerability Lab have managed to find another method of bypassing Activation Lock protection on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 10.1.1 and they posted video evidence to prove it. Read More

 

SmallHint keeps a subtle hint for your passcode on your Lock screen

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 2, 2016

Forgetful people can now combat their inability to remember their iPhone or iPad passcodes with a new free jailbreak tweak called SmallHint.

What this tweak allows you to do is put an inconspicuous hint on your Lock screen, just below the date, that can help jog your memory in the event that you forget your passcode. Read More

 

How to set up automatic login on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 28, 2016

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just turn on your Mac and start using it without having to log into it all the time?

If you live in a household where you don’t need Fort Knox-like security to keep people from getting into your computer, then you can set up your Mac to log in to your account automatically when you turn it on. Read More

 

How to set up and use Touch ID on your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 23, 2016

Touch ID debuted more than three years ago with the iPhone 5s release in September 2013, which filed filed as Apple’s very first device with fingerprint scanning embedded into the Home button. Of course, it didn’t take long for Touch ID to become an important security technology on iPhones and iPads.

Since October 2016, Touch ID has been available on select Mac models, such as the late-2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. If you use Touch ID on your iPhone, you’ll feel right at home on your Mac.

In this step-by-step tutorial, you’re going to learn how to set up Touch ID and Apple Pay on a Mac, enroll your fingerprints in the system and use Touch ID to quickly unlock your computer, make purchases on websites with Apple Pay and much more. Read More

 

New Lock screen bug bypasses iPhone/iPad passcode, lets you see photos/contacts

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2016

Apple likes to pride itself with strong security in iOS, but for all the platitudes the fact remains that the iPhone’s Lock screen is one of iOS’s weakest links. And now, YouTuber iDeviceHelp has discovered a new Lock screen vulnerability that lets anyone in possession of your iPhone bypass the passcode and get to your contacts and photos. The bug has been reported to Apple and should be fixed in a future update. Read More

 

iOS 10 found to store call logs for up to 4 months, Apple explains

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2016

iOS 10’s been found to upload missed call logs from apps like WhatsApp and Skype to servers, as well as near-real time FaceTime call logs—even if iCloud backup has been turned off, according to a Russian company called Elcomsoft which makes iPhone forensic tools aimed at law enforcement agencies.

Elcomsoft CEO Vladimir Katalov suspects in an interview with Forbes that this is most likely a result of iOS 10’s expanded scope of call logging due to the new CallKit framework which was designed to make VoIP calls from apps like Viber, WhatsApp and Skype behave like cellular calls and integrate with Phone’s Recents and Favorites.

According to Apple itself, call log syncing through iCloud is a convenient feature that elevates user experience by allowing customers to easily return calls from VoIP apps. Read More

 

Backdoor in some Android devices sold in the US found to send data to China

By Sébastien Page on Nov 16, 2016

Security firm Kryptowire recently discovered that some Android smartphones have a backdoor that secretly sends data to China, reports the NY Times. Maybe even more concerning, American phone maker BLU Products said that 120,000 of its phones were found to have the backdoor installed in its software, which has since been updated to remove all track of that secret backdoor. Read More

 

WhatsApp rolls out end-to-end encrypted video calling

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 15, 2016

Facebook-owned WhatsApp announced yesterday that it had begun rolling out video calling to the more than one billion users it claims across iOS, Android and Windows Phone platforms around the world.

According to TechCrunch, video calls on WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted just like with FaceTime in order to prevent rogue parties from eavesdropping on your communications.

WhatsApp previously rolled out end-to-end encryption for chats. “We obviously try to be in tune with what our users want,” WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum told Reuters. “We’re obsessed with making sure that voice and video work well even on low-end phones.” Read More

 

How to add more fingerprints to your iPhone or iPad Touch ID sensor

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 15, 2016

With Touch ID, you can unlock your iPhone or iPad with your fingerprint, and you can also use it to authenticate yourself for purchases from the App Store or with Apple Pay.

When you set up your device for the first time, you’ll be asked to register one finger with Touch ID, but afterwards, you can add up to five of your fingers so they can be used with Touch ID too. Read More

 

PasswordRecovery stores passwords and recovers them when you forget them

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 9, 2016

It can be a pain to remember all your passwords, and that’s why password manager apps like 1Password exist. But if you don’t like the big price tag or the subscription models, then PasswordRecovery is a jailbreak tweak alternative you could check out instead.

This tweak comes with password remembrance and recovery options all in a single package so you’ll never forget your passcode or have to reset a password for any of its supported apps ever again. Read More

 

Facebook halts WhatsApp data collection in UK following privacy probe

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 8, 2016

As of late-August 2016, WhatsApp has been sharing account data with Facebook in what the firm framed as an effort to improve targeted advertising on the social network. Although users can easily opt out of the WhatsApp → Facebook data sharing with just a few taps, most novice users are unaware that their WhatsApp usage data is being shared with Facebook.

In the United Kingdom, the Information Commissioner Office head Elizabeth Denham said her office had launched a probe into WhatsApp’s updated Terms of Service a few weeks ago.

The new terms previously drew ire from European privacy watchdogs who expressed “serious concerns” over the policy change. As a result of the UK government probe, WhatsApp has now suspended account data collection and sharing with Facebook. Read More

 

PickPocket helps protect your valuable iPhone from thieves

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 4, 2016

I hate good for nothing thieves just like the next guy, but who says you have to be completely powerless against them when your precious iPhone goes missing?

A new jailbreak tweak called PickPocket aims to help keep thieves away from your iPhone and give you additional piece of mind that you’ll be able to recover it if or when it gets stolen. Read More

 

Crypto lets you encrypt any text on the fly

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 28, 2016

Security is a big thing for many people, and a big part of keeping your information secure is encryption.

A new jailbreak tweak called Crypto lets you quickly and easily encrypt any text on the fly, making it impossible for anyone without a password to read your text. Read More

 

Adobe pushes another critical security update for Flash Player

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 27, 2016

It’s been a little more than two weeks since Photoshop maker Adobe released a security update for its Flash Player for macOS which fixed a bunch of critical vulnerabilities and now another critical security update for Flash Player got released this morning. According to Adobe, the vulnerabilities in the current version of Flash Player could allow an attacker to take control of Mac, Windows, Linux and Chrome OS machines. Read More

 

It’s official: I’m a 1Password user

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 21, 2016

For the last several years, I’ve battled with a password problem. It seemed like every new service I used wanted me to create an account, which involved making a new username and a strong password. Making matters worse, some services want you to make difficult passwords you can’t even remember, containing capital letters, numbers, and special characters.

The problem reveals itself the most whenever I get a new phone, like the iPhone 7 Plus I recently purchased. When I go to set it up, I download all the apps I typically use on my device. Afterwards comes the hard part: trying to remember the credentials to log into all of them. Read More

 

iOS 9 downgrades no longer possible as Apple stops signing iOS 9.3.5

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 20, 2016

On Tuesday, Apple pulled the plug on signing iOS 9.3.5 for its entire iOS device lineup, and since it was the last iOS 9 release since iOS 10’s launch last month, that means you can’t downgrade your firmware anymore.

It’s worth also mentioning that the signing process was also killed for iOS 10.0.1, which means anyone who tries to restore their device(s) in iTunes will be forced to install iOS 10.0.2 or later (10.0.3 is only for iPhone 7 & 7 Plus). Read More

 

Cops obtain a warrant demanding individuals unlock iPhones with their fingerprint

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 17, 2016

California’s top cops seem to have obtained a questionable warrant request to enter a residence and force anyone inside to use biometric information to open their fingerprint-locked iPhones purely on the assumption they’ll learn more after they access the phones, Forbes reported this morning.

Deemed as “an unprecedented attempt to bypass the security of Apple’s iPhones,” Forbes found a court filing in which the Department of Justice sought to search a Lancaster, California, property. Read More

 

No2Theft deters theft for people who charge their jailbroken iPhones on the go

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 15, 2016

No2Theft is a new jailbreak tweak release that helps you keep your iPhone from getting stolen when you plug it in for a quick charge in unfamiliar places. Read More

 

This tweak enables Touch ID unlocking after you respring your iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 14, 2016

If you have a jailbroken device with a Touch ID Home button, then you’re probably all too familiar with the fact that you can’t immediately use Touch ID to unlock your device right after you respring it.

Touch ID Respring Fix is a new free jailbreak tweak that fixes this problem, and it’s available in Cydia right now. Read More

 

Adobe pushes Flash Player security update fixing critical vulnerabilities

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 12, 2016

Adobe today released a new security-focused update for its Flash Player software in an effort to patch a series of vulnerabilities that could give attackers control of your computer. Although Safari on macOS Sierra disables web plugins like Flash by default, Mac owners who have a standalone Flash Player installed on their system are at risk, even if they’re using Flash Player that’s built into Google’s Chrome browser. Read More

 
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