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 216: The Problem with Default Passwords

    December 2nd, 2021  |  27 mins 17 secs

    The UK is mulling a bill to prohibit default passwords; the admin/admin that is often set by default on internet-connected devices. This would be a good thing, but there are drawbacks. We also discuss how Apple takes the lead in smartphone sales in China, and an upgrade program for Mac laptops.

  • Episode 215: Apple Sues NSO Group for Pegasus Spyware

    November 25th, 2021  |  29 mins 15 secs

    Apple has filed a lawsuit against NSO Group, the creator of Pegasus spyware, that has targeted politicians, journalists, and activists. We discuss this surprising lawsuit and what it means for Apple users and security.

  • Episode 214: Shop Safely on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

    November 18th, 2021  |  32 mins 9 secs

    We had to check our calendars when Apple announced a new self-service repair program for iPhones. We look at some new Mac malware, and we discuss how to shop safely and securely online this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

  • Episode 213: Is Apple Planning to Lock Down the Mac?

    November 11th, 2021  |  28 mins 35 secs

    There is still new malware pretending to be Flash Player updates, even though Flash is dead; Facebook said they were ditching their facial recognition program, but has done an about face; and we discuss whether Apple is on a path to lock down the Mac to only allow apps to be installed from the Mac App Store. (Math correction: at one point I said $200 million; the correct number is $2 billion.)

  • Episode 212: Apple’s Poor Patching Policies

    November 4th, 2021  |  30 mins 50 secs

    We look at how Apple's inconsistent patching policies for fixing security threats puts users at risk. We also discuss Facebook's decision to shut down their facial recognition program, and an interesting "Trojan source" attack that could allow malware to be inserted into source code using invisible characters.

  • Episode 211: Say Hey to macOS Monterey

    October 28th, 2021  |  29 mins 46 secs

    Apple releases macOS Monterey, the company's newest desktop operating system, along with a number of security updates. We discuss Apple's new M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pro models, which may be too powerful for most users. And if you're getting a new Mac, we discuss which is better: migrating your old system, or doing a clean installation.

  • Episode 210: Apple’s New MacBook Pros, Really for Pros

    October 21st, 2021  |  30 mins 47 secs

    Google removes FTP from Chrome; a journalist looks at a state website's source code and the governor brands him a "hacker"; Facebook is in trouble, and plans to change its name, sort of; and we look at Apple's new MacBook Pros, that really are for pros.

  • Episode 209: What the heck is Apple doing??

    October 14th, 2021  |  30 mins 18 secs

    Apple has released a security update for an actively exploited vulnerability, but only for iOS 15, not iOS 14? What are they doing? We also discuss how Apple sometimes offers security updates for older versions of macOS, but not always.

  • Episode 208: iPad mini 6, Facebook's Time-Out, and a Contactless iPhone Rip-Off

    October 7th, 2021  |  28 mins 4 secs

    Facebook's downtime shows how risky it is to use social media services to log into other services. An interesting proof of concept can steal money from Visa cards on iPhones. And we discuss the new iPad mini 6, and the Apple Watch Series 7 that goes on sale Friday.

  • Episode 207: iOS 12 Security Updates, Zero-Day iOS Vulnerabilities, and the iPhone 13

    September 30th, 2021  |  30 mins 29 secs

    Apple issues a security update for iOS 12, zero-day vulnerabilities target iOS and iPadOS, and we look at the iPhone 13 Pro.

  • Episode 206: Why Doesn't Apple Want People to Upgrade to iOS 15?

    September 23rd, 2021  |  30 mins 2 secs

    There's new Mac malware hiding in a terminal emulator app, an interesting Finder vulnerability, and Apple launches iCloud+. We also wonder why Apple isn't prompting iOS users to upgrade to iOS 15

  • Episode 205: Apple’s Consistent Iteration

    September 16th, 2021  |  32 mins 30 secs

    Apple has patched two in-the-wild vulnerabilities, and you should update your devices right away. We look at the dangers of "corrupt my file" websites. And we discuss Apple's new product announcements.

  • Episode 204: CSAM, GDPR, and Android Updates

    September 9th, 2021  |  28 mins 7 secs

    Apple pauses their new CSAM image scanning rollout, WhatsApp gets slapped with a big GDPR fine in Ireland, and Germany is mandating seven years of updates for all mobile phones. We also discuss new Mac malware, and Intego's 100% virus detection rating.

  • Episode 203: Zero Click, Russian Fines, and Apple Wallet

    September 2nd, 2021  |  31 mins 42 secs

    A new zero-click exploit targets the iPhone, Russia fines internet companies for not storing user data in the country, and you'll soon be able to put a driver's license in Apple Wallet, but should you?

  • Episode 202: How We've Changed Our Approach to Security and Privacy

    August 26th, 2021  |  30 mins 51 secs

    Josh and Kirk look at some new iCloud features, and talk about how they've changed their security and privacy practices over the 200+ episodes of the Intego Mac Podcast.

  • Episode 201: Apple's New Child Protection Features

    August 19th, 2021  |  28 mins 37 secs

    Apple has announced Expanded Protections for Children, designed to help limit the spread of child sexual abuse material. However, these features scan photos on iPhones and iPads, and many privacy advocates are concerned by their potential for misuse.