Author Archive: Greg Depp

Is your AppleID at risk on April 7th?

On March 21st, Motherboard announced that a group called the Turkish Crime Family had issued an ultimatum that unless Apple paid a ransom (ranging from $100, 000 to $1M), 600 million Apple devices (phones, tablets and Macs) will be compromised, leading to theft of data and permanent erasure.  The target date is April 7th. The group …

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Update your iOS device to 9.3.5

There is a 3-part bug in iOS software that can allow someone to install malicious software on your iPhone, iPad, etc. The net result is that your entire device is at risk including passwords, camera and other sensitive data. The exploit has been used to gain access of dissidents and news source devices. Here is …

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Smart Phone Security

On April 17, 2016, the CBS show 60 Minutes presented a segment by Sharyn Alforsi on how hackable smart phones are. It’s a pretty alarming report and I’d highly recommend that you watch it first before you continue to read this post. The purpose of this post is my attempt to put this report into …

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When mail doesn’t work

So, as most of my regular readers know, we are heavy Apple users, including MacOS and various iStuff. This means for email, I use the mail apps that are shipped with both my MacOS and iOS devices. Now, I’ve been in the high technology business for a very long time and I’m very tolerant when …

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Update on encryption issue post the Paris attacks

A couple days ago, I posted comments about the tension between the need for reliable and totally secure encryption and the needs for law enforcement to be able to access messages with the goal of finding terrorists before they act. See Privacy in the Wake of the Paris Attacks. An article in today’s Boston Globe …

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Privacy in the wake of the Paris attacks

Like the vast numbers of people around the globe, I’m appalled and saddened by the events of November 13, 2015 in Paris. I feel for the families as well as Western culture which, like 9-11, as taken a huge hit. Which brings me to the issue of private and secure communication and data. A number of …

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Credit card skimmers

I’d like to approach a topic which might not exactly be part of the purview of this blog but it is related and that’s skimmer fraud. Most likely, you’ll run into skimmers at ATMs and at exposed point-of-sale terminals like those on gas pumps. So, what’s a skimmer?  It’s a device that attaches to the credit …

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The Internet of Things

There is an interesting article in this week’s New York Times: Why ‘Smart’ Objects May Be a Dumb Idea. In it, the author Zeynep Tufekci, notes that with the rapid proliferation of smart things, enough hasn’t been done to secure them from hacking. There have been several examples recently of cars being hacked to demonstrate the dangers. …

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Windows 10 Upgrade

As readers of this blog know, I run Windows in a virtual machine (VM) on one of my Macs. Though I can do most everything on the Mac, there are a few apps that that I depend upon that do not run on the Mac so I run them on Windows. Also, I test various …

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Wi-Fi Sense in Windows 10

Now that Windows 10 is available for upgrade, there is a new feature that you should know about prior to upgrading your system to Windows 10. The new feature is called Wi-Fi Sense. Wi-Fi Sense allows you to share your Wi-Fi network credentials with friends and family without explicitly giving them the credentials. When enabled, Wi-Fi Sense copies …

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