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How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Apple Pay

You get a call from an unknown number. You ignore it. But they call again, and again, and again, and sometimes they leave you a silent voicemail. Spooked, you google the phone number. There are several reports saying the callers are credit card scammers, but there are also comments saying that the callers really are your credit card company.

Unsure, you decide to check your credit card statement online. You see strange charges: a subscription to a Latvian gaming site, a deluxe membership on a porn site, five subscriptions to Christian Mingle. And if you’re really unlucky, a motorhome.

If you actually use your credit card, a variant of the above scenario has likely happened to you. Possibly several times. It occurs because a business you used the card with didn’t protect their data and got broken into, and in the process, your personal details and card information were stolen.

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All Your iCloud Accounts Are Belong To Us

When a group calling themselves “The Turkish Crime Family” threatens to wipe hundreds of millions of Apple devices unless they’re paid a bizarrely small amount of money by April 7th, 2017, what do you do? If you’re Apple, you give the offenders a corporate-speak version of the middle finger: we do “not reward cyber criminals for breaking the law.”

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Security, Privacy and IoT: The Week of March 18th, 2017

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One of the most significant stories of the week is a claim by a hacking group that they have several hundred million Apple account credentials and will use them to remotely wipe devices on April 9th if Apple doesn’t pay up. While it seems unlikely, there are simple precautions you can take which you should already be doing – use a unique strong password on your Apple account (one you don’t use anywhere else) and turn on 2 factor authentication. I’ll write up more about this soon. For now, you can read the original coverage at Motherboard and a follow-up at ZDNET.

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How to Safely Update Your Apple Devices

The release of iOS 10 didn’t exactly go smoothly.

Many iOS users found their devices bricked – after installing the update they were stuck asking to be connected to iTunes. iTunes would only replace the OS, wiping out all data on the device – and even that wouldn’t succeed.

If you only use an iPhone for phone calls and don’t use a lot of apps or media with it then you can probably skip this and throw caution to the wind. Otherwise it helps to be aware of best update practices and what they can and can’t protect you from.

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