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

Oct 20, 2011 - 9 Comments

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

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

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 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 - 14 Comments

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

Disable Automatic Downloading of Malware Definitions List in Mac OS X

Jun 1, 2011 - 3 Comments

A recent anti-malware Mac OS X security update was released that defaults to automatically downloading and maintaining an active definitions list of known Mac OS X malware threats. This list comes from Apple and is likely a very small file that is transmitted to your Mac, imposing minimal bandwidth usage. For 99.99% of users, you … Read More

Mac OS X Security Update Removes MacDefender Malware & Maintains Anti-Malware Definitions List

May 31, 2011 - 4 Comments

Apple has released a Mac OS X software update labeled “Security Update 2011-003″ for Mac OS X 10.6.7 that includes a native malware removal tool. The focus of the update is on the MacDefender malware scam and its variants, now referred to as “OSX.MacDefender.A”. Once the update is installed your Mac will be scanned for … Read More

Worried About Theft? Track a Stolen Laptop for Free with Prey

May 17, 2011 - 13 Comments

If you travel with a laptop often, do yourself a favor and install Prey, it’s free theft tracking and recovery software that really works. Prey is basically a tiny daemon that runs in the background on your Mac (or Windows or Linux PC) that does nothing until it receives a signal indicating the hardware is … Read More

“MACDefender” Malware Targets Mac OS X Users – Here’s How to Protect Against and Remove It

May 2, 2011 - 7 Comments

A new malware threat has been identified for Mac users, the app is called MACDefender and it disguises itself as antivirus software for Mac OS X. The malware attempts to install itself through hijacked websites, and the threat level is considered low, nonetheless all Mac users should be aware of the potential threat and take … Read More

MacBook Theft Tracking & Recovery Software – Hidden

Dec 23, 2010 - 23 Comments

Hidden is theft tracking software for Mac OS X that works to help you recover your stolen MacBook Pro (or MacBook Air, MacBook, and any other Mac OS X machine really). It works by laying dormant on your Mac until you visit the Hidden website and mark your computer as stolen, this then activates the … Read More

Block Facebook

Nov 21, 2010 - 30 Comments

Facebook is a great way to stay connected to people and has plenty of benefits, but that’s not why we’re here, we’re here to block access to Facebook. Why? Well, there are many reasons to block the site, companies often block the site to prevent employees from accessing it on company time, and parents may … Read More

Enable IP Blocking when downloading torrents in Transmission

Nov 17, 2010 - 24 Comments

Transmission has a built-in IP blocklist for what are determined to be “bad peers” and it should be enabled if you use Transmission with any sort of regularity. The blocklist helps to insure a better experience with torrents and also helps to protect your privacy. How to enable the IP Blocklist for downloading torrents in … Read More

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