Browsing Tag: apple

Categories: Apple, Mobile Security

Context is a funny thing. In most segments of society, Apple is seen as an exemplary company, with an unrivaled record of innovation, much-admired ad campaigns and a stock price that is the envy of every company not named Google. But in the security community, Apple is regarded with some combination of disbelief, confusion and the disdain that once was reserved for Microsoft. 

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Categories: Apple, Microsoft

Apple’s implementation of a semi-new set of technologies collectively known as Gatekeeper in the upcoming Mountain Lion release of Mac OS X is set to give users better control of the security of the machines, specifically which apps are allowed to run. The Gatekeeper system will enable users to decide which apps they trust and then prevent pretty much anything else from running.

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It’s gotten to the point now where it’s almost easier to talk about the mobile apps and services that don’t ship your personal data off to some remote server for purposes unknown rather than discussing the ones that do. The latest discussion of privacy invading apps flowed from the discovery that Twitter and some other iPhone apps were uploading users’ contact lists without their knowledge. Now, a researcher at Veracode has written a small app that allows users to figure out exactly which iOS apps are doing what with their personal data.

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After a researcher discovered that any person who decides to download the Path app onto their mobile device is unknowingly sending their address book to a server belonging to the social network and photo-sharing service without prior notification, the company has released a new version of the app that asks people to opt in to that behavior.

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