Kirk McElhearn writes about Macs, iPods, iTunes, books, music and more on his blog Kirkville. He is a regular contributor to The Mac Security Blog, TidBITS, and several other websites and publications. Kirk has written more than twenty books, including Take Control books about iTunes, LaunchBar, and Scrivener.
January 3rd, 2018 | 30 mins 55 secs
The producer of our podcast, Doug Adams, had his iCloud account hacked, and he joins us to explain what happened, and how he resolved the issue. We talk about what to do if this happens to you. And we tell you everything you need to know to not be a victim of phishing.
December 27th, 2017 | 28 mins 12 secs
Search engines collect and harvest lots of data about you, what you look for, where you are, and what you buy. We explain how you can tell Google to store less of their data, and how to change to a more privacy-friendly search engine. And we explain what Apple's "differential privacy" is all about.
December 20th, 2017 | 30 mins 16 secs
With just a few days before Christmas, we discuss how to safely shop online in the holiday season and all year round. We also talk about a recent Apple firmware update for AirPort base stations, one that patches the KRACK exploit.
December 13th, 2017 | 28 mins 14 secs
Apple discovered an embarrassing bug on December 2, and had to rush out a hurried update to fix it. We discuss this, look at the best way to back up iOS devices, and explain a change that Apple has made to iOS that trades security for convenience.
December 6th, 2017 | 27 mins 7 secs
We discuss the recent serious vulnerability that affects macOS High Sierra, which prompted Apple to rush out a security update. We explain what this means, and how important it is to keep your Mac up to date.
November 29th, 2017 | 29 mins 47 secs
We look at a fake antivirus blog that's distributing malware, and we discuss why you need to protect your Mac when you're at the coffee machine. Because Tom Cruise might be lurking near your Mac.
November 22nd, 2017 | 32 mins 29 secs
Kirk and Josh take a close look at passwords, how to create secure passwords, and what types of passwords to avoid.
November 15th, 2017 | 32 mins 49 secs
Kirk and Josh talk explain what two-factor authentication is and why you should use it, then discuss Bitcoin, and explain how some apps and websites hijack your processor to make (virtual) money.
November 8th, 2017 | 28 mins 4 secs
Kirk and Josh talk discuss recent issues around apps having access to your iPhone's or iPad's camera all the time. They then wonder if they'd let Amazon go into their homes when no one's there to drop off packages.
November 1st, 2017 | 25 mins 25 secs
intego, macs, malware, security