Intego Mac Podcast

Advice from Mac experts on the latest Apple news in security and more

About the show

Join the Intego Mac security experts for the latest Apple news, industry opinions, and a splash of security advice in our easy-to-digest, entertaining, and informative podcast series.

Hosted by Kirk McElhearn and Josh Long.

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Episodes

  • New, New, New from Apple!

    September 18th, 2020  |  31 mins 51 secs

    Apple announced new Apple Watch models, updated iPads, a new fitness subscription service, and a subscription bundle, Apple One. While iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 were released this week, there's still no news on macOS. Josh and Kirk look at all the new stuff, and try to figure out what's best for most users.

  • What if Apple Built a Search Engine?

    September 11th, 2020  |  31 mins 34 secs

    With Apple holding a new product event next week, we discuss recent speculation that Apple might be building a search engine. The discuss the implications of this, especially if Apple's own search engine replaced Google as the default search engine on macOS and iOS.

  • Apple Authorized Mac Malware

    September 4th, 2020  |  29 mins

    iOS 13.7 is out, with support for Covid-19 exposure notifications. Apple's clever new privacy ad highlights the way people give up personal data. Criminals are using Ring doorbells to know when the cops are coming. And Apple approved, through their "notarization" system, dozens of malicious apps.

  • A Six-Digit Passcode Isn’t Strong Enough

    August 28th, 2020  |  31 mins 56 secs

    A Lightroom update has wiped user photos, and there's no way to get them back; malicious Chinese code in 1,200 iOS apps is collecting data and simulating clicks to make money; and a chilling story shows why a six-digit passcode isn't enough to protect your data on an iOS device.

  • Back That Mac Up

    August 21st, 2020  |  29 mins 55 secs

    New Mac malware targets the Xcode development environment, and Apple has know about it for more than a month, but didn't share the information with security specialists. Epic vs. Apple: who will win the Fortnite battle royale? And we discuss backing up your Mac using Time Machine, Intego Personal Backup, and using a NAS for backups and other file storage.

  • How to Send Files Securely, and Why You Shouldn’t Use Tor

    August 14th, 2020  |  33 mins 55 secs

    Apple is planning on offering a bundle of services called Apple One, and we discuss how useful it might be. We mention new iOS and macOS updates, talk about the Have I Been Pwned website going open source, look into an Amazon Alexa abomination, and explain why Tor isn't as safe as you might have thought. We then take a look at the many ways you can send files securely to someone; and explain how sending files by email can be secure.

  • A New iMac, a Google Gotcha, and a Zoom Zinger

    August 7th, 2020  |  29 mins 33 secs

    Apple updated the 27" iMac this week, and it may be the last new desktop Mac running Intel processors, but should you buy this one or wait for Apple's own chips? Google accidentally enabled some of its speakers to listen in on sounds in people's homes, and we update recent stories about Garmin getting hit by ransomware, and the Great Twitter Hack of 2020.

  • How computer security is depicted in movies

    July 31st, 2020  |  32 mins 4 secs

    We talk about an update on the Great Twitter Hack of 2020, discuss a ransomware attack on Garmin that shut down the company's services, and even its assembly lines, and warn listeners about some Netgear devices that have vulnerabilities and can't be updated. We then discuss the often ridiculous way hacking is portrayed in movies and TV.

  • Are smart locks really that smart?

    July 24th, 2020  |  31 mins 41 secs

    We follow up on the great Twitter hack of 2020, we discuss how a Cloudflare outage brought down many major websites, and Kirk tells a story of a suspicious email from his local government. We then examine whether smart locks are really safe.

  • The Great Twitter Hack of 2020

    July 17th, 2020  |  30 mins 52 secs

    Apple issues another round of updates, hackers target organizations involved in coronavirus vaccine development, and there was a big Twitter hack where CEOs and politicians had their accounts compromised. Tweets were posted for a cryptocurrency scam, but were there other reasons for the hack?

  • An actual Mac virus, and 1 in 142 passwords is "123456"

    July 10th, 2020  |  31 mins 20 secs

    While there is plenty of malware that affects the Mac, actual viruses are rare; but new malware has been found that does meet that description. We talk about how 1 in 142 passwords is "123456," and we have a special announcement about new Intego software.

  • New Mac Ransomware-wiper-spyware ThiefQuest discovered

    July 3rd, 2020  |  27 mins 19 secs

    New malware targeting the Mac was discovered this week; it's a hybrid ransomware-wiper-spyware, but you don't need to worry if you don't download pirated software. We also discuss how a journalist's iPhone was hacked by him visiting a website, look at issues with the TikTok app on iOS, and look at how Google is now auto-deleting new user history after 18 months.

  • What’s Coming in macOS Big Sur and iOS 14

    June 26th, 2020  |  34 mins

    This week, Apple announced the new features for its coming operating system updates: macOS Big Sur, and iOS 14. They also announced a big change to Mac hardware. Josh and Kirk discuss the changes coming, and take a close look at security and privacy features in these operating systems.

  • We Can’t Be Safe without a Faraday Cage

    June 19th, 2020  |  32 mins 48 secs

    Intego has discovered new malware that propagates through poisoned Google search results. Zoom does a couple more u-turns. An App Store controversy is causing people to question Apple's policies. And spies can eavesdrop by watching the variations in light bulbs.

  • What Could Apple Switching to ARM Processors on Macs Mean for You?

    June 12th, 2020  |  33 mins 44 secs

    Apple has been making its own chips for iOS devices for a while now, and it seems likely that the company will announce a move to the same ARM-based processors for Macs at the coming WorldWide Developer Conference. We discuss how Apple has changed processor architecture twice in the past, and cover some news about Dropbox, Zoom, the Brave web browser, and smart home devices.

  • Polymorphic Viruses

    June 5th, 2020  |  32 mins 45 secs

    We begin by learning how Josh got interesting in computer security. We then discuss Apple patches and flaws, end-to-end encryption, coronavirus scams, a Google lawsuit, and a photo that can crash Android phones.