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Secure an iPad or iPhone with a Stronger Passcode

Mar 19, 2012 - 13 Comments
Secure Passcode on iPad

The default passcode for iPad and iPhone uses a fairly simple four digit numerical password, these are certainly better to use than nothing, but they can be somewhat easy to guess because statistically many people use common passwords or some variation of a simple theme, like a repetition, countdown, or birth year. An easy way … Read More

Password Protect Folders & Files in Mac OS X with Encrypted Disk Images

Jan 11, 2012 - 23 Comments
Password Protect a Folder and Files in Mac OS X

You can password protect files and folders in Mac OS X by using a trick with disk images. Here’s how it works; by placing files inside of an encrypted disk image, that disk image will work like a password protected folder and require a password before it’s mounted, preventing unauthorized access to all of the … Read More

How to Enable the Root User Account in Mac OS X

Jan 9, 2012 - 13 Comments
Directory Utility located within CoreServices

Password Protect Zip Files in Mac OS X

Jan 7, 2012 - 49 Comments
Zip Password in Mac OS X

Creating a password protected zip file is easy in Mac OS X and does not require any add-ons or downloads. Instead, use the zip utility that is bundled with all Macs. If you’re familiar with the command line, the syntax of the encrypted zip command is as follows: zip -e [archive] [file] For encrypting multiple … Read More

Disable Carrier IQ on iPhone, iPad, & iPod touch

Dec 1, 2011 - 3 Comments
Disable Carrier IQ on iPhone, iOS

If you’ve been following the Carrier IQ brouhaha and ensuing fallout, you might be interested to know that it’s very easy to disable the Carrier IQ service, logging, and reporting on iPhone or any other iOS device: Tap on “Settings” Go to “General” and tap on “About” Tap on “Diagnostics and Usage” Tap on “Don’t … Read More

Secure Keyboard Entry Adds More Security to the Terminal in Mac OS X

Dec 1, 2011 - 4 Comments
Secure Keyboard Entry in Mac OS X Terminal

Command line users who wish to add an additional layer of security to their keyboarding within Terminal app can find a helpful privacy feature built into the Mac client. Whether aiming for generally increasing security, if using a public Mac, or are simply concerned about things like keyloggers or any other potentially unauthorized access to … Read More

Monitor Network Connections in Mac OS X for Free with Private Eye

Oct 28, 2011 - 6 Comments
Private Eye open connections

Private Eye is a free real-time network monitor app for Mac OS X that is extremely easy to use. Upon launching the app, you’ll start to see all open network connections by application and process, and you can then filter connections by app, monitor all open connections, or watch only incoming or outgoing transfer. Connections … Read More

Bypass the iPad 2’s Passcode & Lock Screen with a Magnet or Smart Cover

Oct 20, 2011 - 9 Comments
Bypass the iPad 2 passcode

Well here’s a security flaw in iOS 5 that will quickly get patched: anyone with a magnet (or a Smart Cover) can bypass the iPad 2’s locked passcode screen and access whatever app was previously left open. The passcode bypass was discovered by 9to5mac, who recorded a video demonstrating the security breach (embedded below). From … Read More

Quick Fix to Prevent dscl Unauthorized Password Changes in OS X Lion

Sep 21, 2011 - 11 Comments
lock the dscl utility in os x lion

We recently wrote about the dscl utility and how it allows a Mac OS X Lion user to change a password without knowing the existing password. The lack of required admin authentication has since been widely reported as a bug, and a small Security Update will likely be issued by Apple sometime in the near … Read More

How Are Jailbreaks Found and How Do They Work? iOS Kernel Exploitation Presentation Gives the Technical Details

Sep 14, 2011 - 7 Comments
How Jailbreaks Work

Renowned jailbreaker i0n1c, aka Stefan Esser, has put together a rather extensive presentation titled “iOS Kernel Exploitation” that explains exactly how jailbreaks work, ranging from how the exploits are found, how new code is injected into the iOS devices, how untethers work, and so much more. It was presented live at last months Black Hat … Read More

FileVault 2 Benchmarks Show Full Disk Encryption is Faster Than Ever in OS X Lion

Aug 10, 2011 - 8 Comments
FileVault 2 Speed Test benchmarks

FileVault 2 is the all new disk encryption method that comes with Lion, and it’s more secure than ever, using XTS-AES 128 encryption on your entire disk, as opposed to just the user directory as in past versions. The other huge change that came with FileVault 2 is the significant performance boost, where using full … Read More

The 10 Most Common iPhone Passwords

Jun 13, 2011 - 16 Comments
Most Common iPhone Passcodes

Think you have a secure iPhone password? Check this list, you might be using one of the freakishly common passcodes out there, and if so, it’s time to change it. These were compiled by an iOS developer who anonymously captured the passwords through his app: 1234 0000 2580 1111 5555 5683 0852 2222 1212 1998 … Read More

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