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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  • Episode 344: App Store Fraud, Apple’s “Crush!” Ad, and GPT 4o

    May 16th, 2024  |  29 mins 18 secs

    Could Apple be getting back into the car business? A rumored alliance with a car company suggests that it's possible. The next generation of ChatGPT was announced as OpenAI continues to push the uncanny envelope. And are zombie photos and other presumed-deleted files reappearing on Apple devices?

  • Episode 343: Apple “Let Loose”: iPad Pro gets M4 and OLED

    May 9th, 2024  |  28 mins 12 secs

    We look at what Apple let loose at this week's Apple event: the M4 chip, updated iPads, and the Apple Pencil Pro.

  • Episode 342: Apple ID Lockout, AirTag Stalking Laws, and Weak Default Passwords Banned

    May 2nd, 2024  |  29 mins 53 secs

    Apple has yet to explain why many users were recently compelled to log into their Apple ID because they were blocked without apparent cause. States are tightening laws about stalking, because the laws on the books may not cover AirTag and other similar trackers. And what can and what should the government do to prevent the use of weak default device passwords?

  • Episode 341: Is TikTok Safe?

    April 25th, 2024  |  31 mins 28 secs

    What does the future look like for TikTok now that it has less than a year to avoid being banned in the US. And is the platform safe to use? After two data breaches, Roku introduces so-called two factor authentication. Are Roku users safer? And the rumors say new iPads will be announced next week. Anything else? We'll have a quick preview of Apple's "Let Loose" event.

  • Episode 340: How Hackers Can Take Over Your Phone by SIM Swapping

    April 18th, 2024  |  29 mins 6 secs

    The popular streaming service Roku was hit with its second data breach this year, and the info of hundreds of thousands of users was exposed. Another Google service has met its end, we'll tell you about the newest resident of the Google graveyard. And take a deep dive into how hackers use SIM swapping attacks and how you can stop them.

  • Episode 339: Patches, Data Breaches, and Too Many Messaging Protocols

    April 11th, 2024  |  29 mins 56 secs

    Both Apple and Microsoft have patched a lot of security vulnerabilities in updates to their operating systems. A new scam uses AI to put the squeeze on victims. Info from a years-old AT&T data breach has been made public and data from 10s of millions of users has been exposed. And Apple has said that the RCS messaging protocol is coming to its operating systems later this year. Just how many messaging protocols is too many?

  • Episode 338: Vintage, Obsolete, and a Few Anniversaries

    April 4th, 2024  |  28 mins 51 secs

    Apple calls old devices "obsolete" and "vintage;” what exactly do these terms mean? Alternative iPhone app stores will soon be available in Europe and new details suggest that some extra effort will be required from users. And all of Apple's M-series processors all have a newly discovered vulnerability that can't be patched without some compromises on speed.

  • Episode 337: WWDC, DOJ, and Smart Rings

    March 28th, 2024  |  28 mins 56 secs

    New MacOS updates with fixes arrived this week: we’ve got some details. Rumors of an Apple Ring compelled us to look into the market-leading Oura ring. A security setting for Apple's Journal app has generated some confusion: we’ll try to straighten things out. And the dates for Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference have been announced. We'll have some guesses of what might be coming.

  • Episode 336: When Should You Not Update Your Mac to the Latest Version of macOS?

    March 21st, 2024  |  30 mins 4 secs

    "Update-a-phobia". When do potential bugs in new system software updates outweigh the safety of new security patches? Apple faces a class action lawsuit that complains about its iCloud and backup limitations. And what will the iOS landscape look like if Apple has to permit third-party app stores throughout the world?

  • Episode 335: 68 Vulnerabilities Patched!

    March 14th, 2024  |  30 mins 25 secs

    Apple's latest macOS release patches 68 vulnerabilities, and that's a lot. The latest GarageBand update contains a quiet and un-noted security fix. Preventing your IP address from being detected and why that's a good idea. And speculation on future iPads Apple just might have in the pipeline.

  • Episode 334: Unintended Consequences of Third-Party iOS App Stores

    March 7th, 2024  |  30 mins 22 secs

    iOS and iPadOS updates bring security fixes and changes for iPhone users in the European Union. Those changes include Alternative App Marketplaces, AKA third-party app stores, on iOS, and Apple’s approach puts user security at risk.

  • Episode 333: Stealer Malware, App Store Scams, and The Demise of the Apple Car

    February 29th, 2024  |  29 mins 47 secs

    Stealer malware continues to spawn variants, poisoning ad-search platforms and hijacking cryptocurrency wallets. How much is actually being done to detect and neutralize Stealer related wrongdoing? App subscription scams on the App Store are on the increase: what's Apple doing about it? And the Apple Car project has ended. What will Apple be working on next instead?

  • Episode 332: Hackers Hacked, DoJ Strikes Back, and Messaging Apps on the Right Track

    February 22nd, 2024  |  28 mins 51 secs

    A hacker group known as Wicked Panda experiences its own data breach of collected data. What exactly happens when the hackers get hacked? The US Department of Justice quietly shuts down Russian malware installed on US routers. The Signal messaging app introduces usernames to replace phone numbers in its latest beta. And Apple is giving the Music app the ability to import your playlists from Spotify.

  • Episode 331: iTunes, iMessage, and Vision Pro

    February 15th, 2024  |  30 mins 25 secs

    Why was Apple slow to remove a dangerous fake app copycat from the App Store? EU regulators change their tune on iMessage. Apple finally releases new media apps for Windows users. And the Vision Pro is shipping; we tried it out in an Apple Store.

  • Episode 330: Apple and the EU: Changes Coming Soon

    February 8th, 2024  |  30 mins 9 secs

    Apple attributes a hacker with a discovery of a vulnerability just after he's arrested for hacking and scamming Apple. Researchers in Cupertino have created a new AI model that assists with image editing; is it coming to Apple’s Photos app? And the Digital Markets Act takes effect in the EU soon. What differences can European iPhone users expect when it comes to buying and downloading software?

  • Episode 329: A Look Back at 2023’s Mac Malware, and What To Expect in 2024

    February 1st, 2024  |  24 mins 58 secs

    We take a close look at the malware that has affected the Mac, iPhone, and iPad in 2023, and highlight which types of malware are likely to be common in 2024.