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Apple's desensitisation of the human race to fundamental security practices

My son turned 7 earlier this month. I've been getting him into coding and teaching him the fundamentals of using a PC which I reckon is a pretty essential life skill these days. Part of that is helping him to understand the principle of secrets, namely that he should protect the PIN he's using to sign in to his Windows 10 machine. He's good at it too, being sure to shield the little laptop from view whenever he uses it with others around. But based on my experience today, if he was to walk into an Apple store today with a faulty iPhone, he'd be taught a very different lesson: Tried to get a faulty iPhone speaker looked at in...

Everything you need to know about the Apple versus FBI case

Some days, the news is dominated by a single security story and not just in the tech news either, but today the consumer news is all about Apple’s message to their customers. I’ve been getting a heap of media requests and seeing some really interesting things said about the story so let me distill all the noise into the genuinely interesting things that are worth knowing. There are way more angles to this than initially meet the eye, and it’s a truly significant point in time for online privacy. The background story In December last year, 14 people were killed and a bunch more injured in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. The...

The mechanics of the iCloud “hack” and how iOS devices are being held to ransom

If you’re an Aussie with an iPhone, there’s a chance you’ve been woken up in the middle of the night by this: Oh boy. What we’re looking at is an iPhone that has been remotely locked by “Oleg Pliss”. What we’re looking at is a modern incarnation of ransomware executed via Apple’s iCloud and impacting devices using the “Find my iPhone” feature. Perplexingly, this is predominantly impacting Aussie iCloud users and to date, there’s no clear reason why, rather we have 23 pages of reported hacks and general speculation on the Apple Support Community website. I’ve been speaking to a...

10 graphic examples of the abomination that is iTunes on Windows

This is a rant; an unapologetic, no holds barred rant on why something that I hold in such high esteem – my iOS devices – could have come from the evildoers who created this spawn of Satan: iTunes. I love my Apple TV, my iPad, my iPhone, my wife loves her iPhone, heck, even our two year old loves his hand-me-down iPhone. They all rock – big time. They’re the best damn devices I’ve ever owned, without exception. But the otherwise joyous experience of ownership is continually crippled by the searing pain that is iTunes. Not every other day, not once or twice a day but many times every single bloody day. It’s a...