After revealing in an in-depth feature how Apple’s iTunes security protocols work after a user enables two-factor authentication, The Next Web’s Owen Williams has published a quick guide on replacing a lost recovery key that you should check out right away, especially if you don’t remember what you did with yours. More →
Apple this year has worked to improve the privacy and security features that protect iOS, OS X and iCloud users, particularly following the embarrassing nude celebrity hacks from September, which were possible thanks to phishing attacks that managed to steal the Apple IDs and passwords of the victims. Apple insisted at the time that users enable its two-factor authentication iTunes security feature to better protect their accounts, but The Next Web reveals that the feature is so secure that it can turn into your worst nightmare in an instant. More →
Some ingenious hackers decided to put an Apple ID phishing site where users would expect to find it least: on a trusted website such as EA.com, Internet security firm Netcraft has discovered. As a result of the breach, unsuspecting EA customers were redirected to the fake Apple site – which looks just like the real thing, by the way – and lured into giving away their Apple ID credentials. More →
Earlier this morning, Apple unleashed Mac OS X 10.6.6 which brought along with it the Mac App Store. Now that we’re rockin’ away on the latest OS version and have played with the App Store for Macs, we have some feedback. Join us for the ride, alright? More →
One of our reliable Apple connections (not Jason Burford) just let us know some pretty fantastic news. It’s been widely assumed that Apple will start to roll out their FaceTime real-time communication protocol to more and more of their mobile devices (and possibly their computers), but until now, we’ve been in the dark on how this will actually work. After all, there are no phone numbers to call on an iPod touch or iPad. Here is how we have been told FaceTime will work on non-iPhone devices: More →
Wow. Just wow. Marko Karppinen, head of a Finnish software development firm specializing in Mac software, just found himself on the wrong end of a security breach. According to his blog post from this morning Karppinen was the victim of a complex, crafty and well-executed scheme clearly carried out by a team of unscrupulous professional hackers. The end result; Karppinen’s Apple ID account was compromised and access to personal data was established for an unknown period of time. So how did this guerrilla team pull it off? They sent the following, umm, complex malicious code to Apple via email:
am forget my password of mac,did you give me password on new email marko.[redacted]@yahoo.com
No, seriously. That’s how easy it was for some grammar-stallion to have Apple change the email account associated with Karppinen’s account and issue a reset password to the new address. Luckily the culprit wasn’t quite smart enough (surprising, we know) to change Karppinen’s security question so he was able to regain control of his account rather quickly. Well, at least no one can say Apple customer service doesn’t act fast. They responded almost immediately to the thief’s email and accommodated him without hesitation. Kudos, Apple Support!