Tag Archives: cybersecurity

Episode 246, Celebrate Heart Health Month by earning an Activity Award on Valentine’s Day; special Apple Vision Pro presentation

In this episode, we will discuss how Apple is celebrating Heart Health Month.The annual Heart Month Challenge is back again this year for Apple Watch users.  The event is slated for Valentine’s Day on Wed, Feb 14. Also, learn how Mac Minutes listeners can listen in to a special presentation on the Apple Vision Pro and Apple Healh sleep feature.

Earn an Activity Award celebrating Heart Health Month this Valentine’s Day.
Graphic of the 2024 Heart Health Month Activity Award.

Episode 245, Stolen Device Protection feature available with iOS 17.3

In this episode we will discuss Apple’s addition of the Stolen Device Protection feature on iPhone with iOS 17.3. Stolen Device Protection adds a layer of security when your iPhone is away from familiar locations, such as home or work, and helps protect your accounts and personal information in case your iPhone is ever stolen.  When Stolen Device Protection is enabled, some features and actions have additional security requirements when your iPhone is away from familiar locations such as home or work. These requirements help prevent someone who has stolen your device and knows your passcode from making critical changes to your account or device.

Episode 241, 2.6 billion personal records compromised by data breaches in past two years — underscoring need for end to end encryption

In this episode we will discuss a report stating 2.6 billion personal records have been compromised by data breaches in past two years — underscoring need for end‑to‑end encryption.  This year’s study  file:///newsroom/pdfs/The-Continued-Threat-to-Personal-Data-Key-Factors-Behind-the-2023-Increase.pdf demonstrates threats that had already reached historic levels. Increasingly, companies across the technology industry are addressing these threats by implementing end-to-end encryption, as Apple did with last year’s launch of Advanced Data Protection for iCloud.


With Advanced Data Protection for iCloud, users have the choice to further protect important iCloud data even in the case of a data breach.

Episode 195, Safety Check on iPhone works to keep you safe; iPhone 14 Plus now available in stores

In this episode, we will discuss how Safety Check on iPhone works to keep you safe and briefly cover the launching of the iPhone 14 Plus.

You can use Safety Check to check whom you’re sharing information with, restrict Messages and FaceTime to your iPhone, reset system privacy permissions for apps, change your passcode, change your Apple ID password, and more.
iPhone 14 Plus features a durable and sophisticated aerospace-grade aluminum design in five beautiful colors — midnight, blue, starlight, purple, and (PRODUCT)RED.1 With an expansive 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display, iPhone 14 Plus is great for seeing more content on-screen, having a larger canvas for on-the-go photo and video editing, and watching TV and movies. And the larger display, combined with A15 Bionic with a 5-core GPU makes it a bargain at its current pricing. 

Episode 185, MacBook Air M2 orders start; Apple introduces Lockdown Mode coming to new operating systems

In this episode, we will discuss the start of ordering today of the all-new Mac Book Air with M2 and Apple’s introduction of Lockdown Mode to the upcoming operating systems.

With the new M2 chip, the 13-inch MacBook Pro delivers even more performance and capabilities than before for faster video and photo editing, along with smoother gameplay.
The Lockdown Mode capability further hardens device defenses and strictly limits certain functionalities, sharply reducing the attack surface that could potentially be exploited by highly targeted mercenary spyware.

Episode 167, Apple announces businesses to accept contactless payments through Tap to Pay on iPhone; Apple updates AirTag and unwanted tracking

In this episode, we will discuss Apple announcements this week, United States merchants will be able to accept Apple Pay and other contactless payments simply later this year by using iPhone and a partner-enabled iOS application.  In the second half of the podcast we will talk about Apple discussing AirTags and unwanted tracking. We will talk about these items and much more.

No additional hardware is needed to accept contactless payments through Tap to Pay on iPhone, so businesses can accept payments from wherever they do business.
Tap to Pay on iPhone enables businesses to seamlessly and securely accept Apple Pay, contactless credit and debit cards, and other digital wallets through a simple tap to their iPhone.
AirTag is a small and elegantly designed accessory that can be personalized with free engraving, and enables iPhone users to securely locate and keep track of their valuables using the Find My app. Apple announced this week they will be making changes to prevent unwanted tracking.

Episode 128, Apple talks about App Store cybersecurity

In this episode, we will give you a rare glimpse of what Apple has accomplished to make App Store a safe and trusted place for users to discover apps by detecting and taking action against fraudulent developers and users. (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)