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Research claims Google Pixel phones share 20 times more data than iPhones

If you’re an Android phone user, now might be a good time to invest in a good pair of ear plugs. Fans of iPhones aren’t known for being shy when it comes to telling Android users that Apple products are superior, and things may be about to get worse, thanks to a new research paper (pdf).  Researchers of the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland … [Read more...]

The one reason your iPhone needs a VPN

For years, Apple has marketed its iPhone as the more secure, more private option when compared to other smart phones, which do not, by default, include an end-to-end encrypted messaging app, warn users repeatedly about app location requests, or provide a privacy-forward Single Sign-On feature. But, while Apple has taken several, commendable steps into protecting users, the company’s reach only … [Read more...]

Apple shines and buffs Mac security—Is it enough to stop today’s malware?

There’s a lot going on in the Mac security world lately. Over the last few months, Apple has ramped up security efforts across its platforms. From an endpoint security framework overhaul of macOS Catalina to phasing out kernel extensions, the tech giant has been battening down the hatches—especially of macOS and Mac computer hardware. Despite Apple’s best efforts—or perhaps as a result of … [Read more...]

How your iPhone could tell you if you’re being stalked

The latest iOS beta suggests that Apple’s next big update will include an iPhone feature that warns users about hidden, physical surveillance of their location. The feature detects AirTags, Apple’s answer to trackable fobs made by Tile, and serves to block the potential abuse of the much-rumored product. While the feature represents great potential, digital surveillance experts said that … [Read more...]

iPhone app exposed other people’s call recordings

Video and audio are huge privacy concerns for people. If something goes wrong with tech it can have major ramifications. You’re likely very familiar with warnings about video. However, audio hasn’t always been so prominent. It’s only really since the rise of home assistants like Amazon’s Alexa that audio worries have gone mainstream. Turning up the volume on audio threats Bluetooth … [Read more...]

Will Google’s Privacy Sandbox take the bite out of tracking cookies?

Third-party cookies have been the lynchpin of online advertising for many years. Plans to phase cookies out forever continue to run at a steady pace, with Google in the driving seat. In 2019, it announced its vision for a “Privacy Sandbox”. The building blocks for this were essentially: Most aspects of the web need money to survive, and advertising that relies on cookies is the dominant revenue … [Read more...]

The mystery of the Silver Sparrow Mac malware

Cyber security company Red Canary published findings last week about a new piece of Mac malware called Silver Sparrow. This malware is notable in being one of the first to include native code for Apple’s new M1 chips, but what is unknown about this malware is actually more interesting than what is known! Installation We know that the malware was installed via Apple installer packages … [Read more...]

Lots and lots of Mac apps for Mac computers with the Apple M1 chip

Third-party app developers are really stepping up to revise their apps for the new Mac computers with the Apple M1 chip. Every day I receive update notices or see news stories about these updates.  Some of the Mac apps I use every day have released updates. These include the Microsoft Office for Mac suite, ScreenFlow, VLC and many others. (If I tried to give you a full list of the apps … [Read more...]

A week in security (December 28 – January 3)

First off we would like to wish all our readers a happy and secure 2021! Last week on Malwarebytes Labs we presented an overview of developments in the SearchDimension hijackers, we looked at the most enticing cyberattacks of 2020, and we also looked back at the strangest cybersecurity events of 2020. Other cybersecurity news: Google patched a bug in its feedback tool that could be … [Read more...]

What Companies Appreciate from Big Sur, Apple’s Latest macOS Release

Mac users are not the only ones that were excited about the new macOS release, Big Sur. Organizations also benefit from several new features.  The new version’s reworked user interface is its most easily discernible difference. Program icons now have rounded corners, the Control Center menu for changing basic settings can be found in the upper right corner of your screen—that would … [Read more...]