Apple and Google are still allowing a number of potentially unsafe free VPN apps to be downloaded from respective app stores, despite warnings that many of the apps pose a privacy risk to consumers, primarily from the apps questionable ownership by Chinese organizations.
Security researchers were able to bypass Face ID's "liveness" detection on the iPhone and iPad Pro with everyday items, defeating what is considered the industry's most advanced biometric security system using little more than a pair of glasses with tape affixed to the lenses.
Apple is opening its bug bounty program to cover all of its operating systems, with the company expanding and improving the scheme to pay researchers for finding bugs in macOS, watchOS, tvOS, iPadOS, and iCloud, along with the current payouts for iOS issues. Also new are special iPhones that will help select researchers surface vulnerabilities.
Concern has been raised over Amazon's Ring video doorbell and its links to law enforcement, with the assorted tools and partnerships between the retailer and the police considered to be eroding privacy for customers, their neighbors, and anyone who comes into contact with the surveillance devices, with law enforcement officials having relatively easy access to camera footage.
Apple will furnish vetted security researchers special iPhone variants in efforts to suss out hardware and software vulnerabilities, according to a report on Monday that also claims the company intends to institute an official bug bounty program for Mac in the coming weeks.
Apple device management platform Jamf on Wednesday announced its takeover of Digita Security, a firm that employs noted researcher Patrick Wardle and specializes in endpoint security for Mac-based businesses.
Researchers from Google's 'Project Zero' have disclosed five of six security bugs within iOS that could have allowed an attacker to affect a target user's device via iMessage, issues that Apple has patched in its recent iOS 12.4 update.
Apple says the T2 is a security chip, and if all it did were keep your data more secure, it would be worth it. Yet this little processor does so much else, and it has a startling effect on performance.
This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Victor and William talk about the 16-inch MacBook Pro rumors, just how effective Facebook's $5 billion fine from the FTC will be, and the pending antitrust investigation into big tech companies.
Bloomberg had a stunningly important — and apparently stunningly wrong — news story about an alleged iCloud spy chip and it's still hoping we'll forget about it. The company has a responsibility to either prove or retract it, and it's a responsibility the publication is still avoiding, now eight months after publication.
Credit reporting agency Equifax has reached a deal to pay upwards of $700 million to state and federal regulators to settle probes related to a data breach that exposed personal information of over 140 million people.
Progress is being made in the field of facial recognition by the use of multiple photograph databases consisting of subjects who were not aware of their misuse, a report claims, but while many companies and researchers are collecting and sharing the images and resulting data, Apple is not one of the sources.
This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, William and Victor talk about the changes in the MacBook line, Victor explains what happens when you try and defeat Safari security, and William likes the TV App finally.