New Mac Photos App

iCloud’s Photos app has disappeared – that could be good or bad news for Mac users

By on January 2, 2015 at 7:15 PM.

iCloud’s Photos app has disappeared – that could be good or bad news for Mac users

At some point in the past few days, Apple unexpectedly pulled the Photos app from iCloud.com. Logging into the site, you might notice that there is an icon missing from the main menu page. Apple hasn’t given any explanation for the disappearance of the app, but some believe that this is a sign that the company is finally ready to launch a native, full-featured Photos app for Mac OS X. More →

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New iCloud Hacking Tool

Hackers claim they’ve found a frighteningly easy way to hack your iCloud account

By on January 2, 2015 at 10:40 AM.

Hackers claim they’ve found a frighteningly easy way to hack your iCloud account

One of the most infamous Internet events of 2014 might be doomed to repeat itself. Business Insider reports that a hacker known as Pr0x13 has released a tool called iDict on GitHub that is capable of bypassing restrictions and authentication on any iCloud account, potentially giving hackers unfettered access to iOS devices. More →

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iCloud Saves Unsaved Mac Files

Does Apple have another major iCloud security issue on its hands?

By on November 4, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

Does Apple have another major iCloud security issue on its hands?

After having to deal with the iCloud-related Nudegate scandal, stop the Chinese iCloud attacks, and reassure users that its cloud has not been hacked, Apple might have a new iCloud problem to deal with, as various people report that Apple is silently uploading unsaved documents to iCloud after a Mac is updated to Yosemite. More →

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Stolen Nude Photos iCloud

Cop allegedly steals nude pics from woman’s iPhone, gets busted by the most unlikely hero

By on November 3, 2014 at 12:15 PM.

Cop allegedly steals nude pics from woman’s iPhone, gets busted by the most unlikely hero

iCloud’s security has come under a lot of scrutiny after several celebrities had their nude photos stolen by hackers who allegedly used brute-force tactics to access their iCloud accounts. However, it turns out that iCloud can also actually help you after you’ve had nude pics from your iPhone stolen, as a new report from CNET shows. More →

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iCloud Phishing Attack

Here’s how to make sure your iCloud data is safe from hackers

By on October 22, 2014 at 3:20 PM.

Here’s how to make sure your iCloud data is safe from hackers

After reports emerged from China detailing a sophisticated iCloud phishing attack, Apple has posted instructions on its support pages to help users figure out whether they’re actually on the real iCloud page, or on a fake page meant to steal iCloud credentials from unsuspecting victims. Additionally, Reuters reports, Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday met with China’s vice premier Ma Kai to discuss personal data security. More →

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Apple falls victim to an iCloud attack from the Chinese government, servers not affected

By on October 21, 2014 at 2:26 PM.

Apple falls victim to an iCloud attack from the Chinese government, servers not affected

The Chinese government is currently staging an attack on Apple’s iCloud, according to Internet censorship monitor Greatfire.org. The report claims that this main-in-the-middle (MITM) attack is an attempt to gain access to the private information of Chinese citizens, including texts, pictures and contacts. The attack coincides with the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in China. More →

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iPhone iCloud Activation Lock Check

Buying a used iPhone? Here’s how to find out if it’s stolen first

By on October 2, 2014 at 11:46 AM.

Buying a used iPhone? Here’s how to find out if it’s stolen first

The new iPhone 6 models aren’t the only iOS handsets selling well, as many people are more than happy to purchase a cheaper used iPhone model. However, one problem with the used devices selling in various places is that they might be stolen, or still accidentally protected by Apple’s Find My iPhone features. In such cases, the active Activation Lock iOS security feature will prevent buyers from using an iOS device without using the original Apple ID and password in order to activate it. But iDownloadBlog has discovered that Apple released a new online tool that lets users check whether Activation Lock is active on an iOS device. More →

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Nude Celebrity Photo Leak

Celebrities hit by ‘Nudegate’ iCloud hack may file $100M lawsuit against… Google?

By on October 2, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

Celebrities hit by ‘Nudegate’ iCloud hack may file $100M lawsuit against… Google?

There’s little question at this point that the recent round of nude celebrity photo leaks are Apple’s fault. Hackers supposedly used simple brute force attacks, which consist of quickly and repeatedly guessing different passwords for an account until one works, to infiltrate iCloud accounts belonging to celebrities. Hacks of this kind are quite old and a simple security measure that restricts access to an account when incorrect passwords are used too many times in a short span would have prevented the leaks, if brute force attacks were indeed the hackers’ weapon of choice.

But now, it looks like this huge ordeal could end up costing Google, not Apple, millions of dollars. More →

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iCloud Drive Bug Fix

How to avoid the horrible iOS 8 bug that could delete your files

By on October 1, 2014 at 10:35 AM.

How to avoid the horrible iOS 8 bug that could delete your files

Apple has had one headache after another over the past few weeks, spanning from the media circus that is “Bendgate” to a buggy iOS 8.0.1 update that bricked about 40,000 new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets. Among all of these issues lies a fairly serious bug in iOS 8 that has been causing major headaches for users — but luckily, there’s a simple way to avoid the issue altogether. More →

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iOS 8 iCloud Drive Bug

Another huge iOS 8 bug could delete your iCloud Drive files

By on September 29, 2014 at 5:10 PM.

Another huge iOS 8 bug could delete your iCloud Drive files

Apple was quick to release an updated version of its latest mobile operating system after the iOS 8.0.1 rollout proved disastrous, but it appears that the company is still quite a ways from ironing out all the bugs. Last week, security research Stefan Esser noted that QuickType was offering up his unique passwords as autocorrect suggestions, and now MacRumors forum users are reporting that the ‘Reset All Settings’ feature on iOS 8 is deleting iWork documents from the newly-implemented iCloud Drive service. More →

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Jennifer Lawrence Nude Photos

It’s Apple’s fault that the world has seen naked photos of Jennifer Lawrence

By on September 25, 2014 at 9:55 AM.

It’s Apple’s fault that the world has seen naked photos of Jennifer Lawrence

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past month, you have no doubt read about the massive caches of nude celebrity photos and videos that leaked recently. In fact, the odds are fairly good that you’ve even seen some of them, or censored versions of them at the very least. Hackers reportedly obtained the private images by gaining access to online iCloud accounts belonging to more than a dozen celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice, Kate Upton, Kaley Cuoco, Aubrey Plaza and Jennifer Lawrence. Now, just in case Apple needed some more bad news, it has been revealed that Apple knew about the security vulnerability that led to the leaks at least six months ago, and it could have easily prevented them. More →

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Apple iCloud Nude Photos Leak

Apple’s iCloud security nightmare gets worse as more nude celebrity pics leak

By on September 21, 2014 at 8:42 AM.

Apple’s iCloud security nightmare gets worse as more nude celebrity pics leak

If you thought that the hugely successful iPhone 6 launch would help Apple move past the controversy surrounding nude celerity photos that were stolen from hacked iCloud accounts, think again. TMZ reported on Saturday that a fresh round of stolen celebrity photos popped up on 4Chan and included pictures of Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, Hope Solo and Jennifer Lawrence. This marks the second major cache of nude celebrity photos that have hit the Internet following an earlier hack that included pictures of Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice, Jenny McCarthy, Kate Upton, Mary E. Winstead and many others. More →

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Apple iCloud Security Features

The improved iCloud security features Apple promised are already here

By on September 17, 2014 at 7:15 AM.

The improved iCloud security features Apple promised are already here

Apple CEO Tim Cook promised in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that iCloud security will be increased soon, to prevent future leaks similar to the celebrities’ nudes scandal that preceded the iPhone 6 event. And, while the company failed to address iCloud security during its September 9th keynote, Apple has already rolled out two iCloud features including two-factor authentication, email notifications and app-specific passwords for iCloud assets. More →

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