How to use Google SafeSearch to filter explicit web search results

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 21, 2017

Whether you’re a parent trying to filter explicit content from the limitless Google searches your child could be searching on the web, or you’re simply trying to figure out why it seems like certain images or web results are being filtered from your Google search queries, chances are Google SafeSearch is the answer.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can toggle Google SafeSearch on or off, depending on whether you need to start filtering explicit search results from your queries or stop doing so when the feature is already enabled. Read More

 

MessageFilter: blacklist and whitelist words for specific conversations

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 17, 2017

If you have all kinds of contacts on your iPhone or iPad, ranging from friends and family, to significant others, to business partners and bosses, then you have a responsibility to take extra care to ensure your messages never go to the wrong person.

Helping to prevent sending messages that are intended specifically for certain people to the wrong person is a new free jailbreak tweak called MessageFilter by Frozen Penguin. It works by allowing you to set up a special blacklist and whitelist system to manage where certain kinds of messages are allowed to be sent. Read More

 

PassButtonStyle allows you customize your passcode buttons look

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 17, 2017

Most modern Apple mobile devices are Touch ID-enabled and rarely get any passcode button screen time at all; nevertheless, any time your Touch ID sensor decides not to work correctly, or when rebooting your device, you will be introduced to it from time to time.

For those who see the passcode input screen more than others, a new free jailbreak tweak called PassButtonStyle by developer CydiaGeek will let you customize the appearance of your passcode buttons. Read More

 

New Mac malware from Russia targets your saved passwords and iPhone backups

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 15, 2017

It used to be that Mac computers were immune from the vast majority of viruses and malware plaguing Windows and other platforms. But as Apple’s products have been growing in popularity, hackers and malware developers have been increasingly targeting macOS.

Following recent reports of Mac malware that uses a very old Windows trick which relies on Microsoft Word macros, a new strain of malware from Russian hackers has been found to steal your saved passwords and iPhone backups, security firm BitDefender said. Read More

 

How to use safe search mode on Twitter.com

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 13, 2017

Twitter has many user-focused tools for curbing offensive or abusive content on the service. If you prefer using the micro-blogging service in your web browser, you may want to enable a pair of toggles in settings to prevent unwanted content from cluttering your search results.

You can tell Twitter to prevent sensitive content as well as tweets from blocked and muted accounts from polluting your search results on Twitter.com, here’s how. Read More

 

Apple co-sponsors security conference BSides

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 13, 2017

In another telltale sign proving that Apple’s involvement in academic research and publishing related to security and privacy has been increasing as of late, the company is now publicly listed as one of the sponsors of the information and security conference, called BSides. Apple’s name now appears on the conference’s sponsor page alongside other companies like Google, Dropbox, Fitbit and more. Held today and tomorrow in San Francisco, the two-day event is centered around technical discussions aimed at security engineers and their affiliates. Read More

 

SmartVPN toggles your iPhone’s VPN automatically on a per-app basis

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 10, 2017

Many people take their security very seriously, especially when they’re connected to the internet and personal sharing information with apps and websites.

If you’re one of the people who likes to stay secure and you also have a jailbroken device, then you might find yourself really interested in a new free jailbreak tweak called SmartVPN by developer zyb. Read More

 

iCloud was storing deleted browsing histories, but Apple fixed the issue

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2017

A Russian forensics firm named Elcomsoft has discovered that Apple was storing users’ Safari browsing histories in iCloud going back more than a year, possibly much longer. This was happening even after users had asked for any deleted records to be wiped from their iCloud-connected devices. Soon after Elcomsoft announced a way to extract deleted browsing histories from iCloud, Apple applied a server-side fix to stop the retrievals and apparently purged all records older than two weeks. Read More

 

New malware uses auto-running macros in Word documents to infect your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2017

Taking advantage of a primitive Windows technique relying on automatically-running macros embedded in Microsoft Word documents, a new type of Mac malware attack has been discovered recently. As first noted in a research compiled by Objective-See, the technique used may be crude but once an unsuspecting user opens an infected Word document and chooses to run the macros, the malware installs itself silently on the target Mac and immediately attempts to download a hazardous payload. Read More

 

This app keeps track of when your iOS 10 jailbreak certificate will expire

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 9, 2017

The Yalu jailbreak, just like the Pangu jailbreak before it, relies on certificates that have expiration dates. You have to re-sign the jailbreak with Cydia Impactor past the expiration date to keep your jailbroken state.

No matter what kind of certificate you have, whether it’s a regular 7-day certificate or a 1-year developer certificate, it won’t last forever, and a new jailbreak app called CertRemainTime by lululombard can help you keep track of it. Read More

 
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