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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  • How Security Analysts Work

    February 7th, 2020  |  34 mins 1 sec

    We explain how to delete "off-Facebook activity," discuss a Google Photos data leak, a Twitter phone number issue, and a man who created a traffic jam with a wagon full of smartphones. We then explain how security analysts work, discussing a developer who wanted to know why his Wacom drawing tablet had a privacy policy, and worked out what data the device was sending to a server.

  • If It’s Free, You’re the Product

    January 31st, 2020  |  31 mins 28 secs

    Apple updates everything, the Ring doorbell has trackers in its app, and the Shlayer malware has infected lots of Macs. We then discussed a number of issues where free services you use monetize data collected about you and your activities.

  • iPhones Hacked and Cracked

    January 24th, 2020  |  29 mins 48 secs

    The world's richest man's iPhone was hacked when he clicked on a video in WhatsApp. Police and the FBI are cracking iPhones to get evidence. Should we worry? Tom Cruise would know what to do.

  • Your Photos Can Tell People Where You Live

    January 17th, 2020  |  32 mins

    Photos you shoot with your iPhone, and with some cameras, store location data. Sharing these photos on social media may pinpoint your location: where you live, or where you work. It's easy to remove this data. In the news, we talk about listening in on Skype audio, another Apple - FBI spat about accessing data on an iPhone, Google getting rid of cookies, and more.

  • The Year in Apple Security 2019

    January 10th, 2020  |  34 mins 52 secs

    We look back at the eventful year 2019 in Apple security. In the news, Apple is switching to randomized serial numbers for its products, Apple sues a company over jailbreaking, Firefox has critical vulnerabilities, and more.

  • 9 Security and Privacy Settings to Activate on Your New iPhone or iPad

    January 3rd, 2020  |  30 mins 22 secs

    We cover some security news, such as a password breach at Zynga, a user database breach at Waze, and a new Apple patent for under-display biometric sensors. Then we discuss essential settings to keep your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch secure.

  • 8 Steps to Ensure the Security and Privacy of Your New Mac

    December 27th, 2019  |  30 mins 44 secs

    If you got a new Mac for the holidays, there are a number of settings you can adjust to enhance its security and privacy. We discuss eight tips to make your Mac stronger. We also look at some news, with Ring's reaction to the claims that they were compromised, Apple pulling an app from the App Store for spying on users, and Apple's new bug bounty program.

  • Apple HomeKit and the Smart Home

    December 20th, 2019  |  36 mins 8 secs

    We take a close look at smart home technology and Apple's HomeKit, and also discuss why Vladimir Putin is still using Windows XP, another Ring camera issue, some password problems, and a new Intel vulnerability called Plundervolt.

  • Mac Pro costs the same as Tesla Cybertruck

    December 13th, 2019  |  29 mins 1 sec

    Apple has released the new Mac Pro, along with updates for all its operating systems this week. Google Chrome gets a serious update, Google Maps gets incognito mode, and the Ring doorbell leaks some location data allowing journalists to create heat maps of Ring-protected homes. Plus an AirDrop vulnerability, a tweet with an iPhone decryption key, and more.

  • Twitter Trickery, Charging Insecurity, Cryptocurrency Malware, and More

    December 6th, 2019  |  36 mins 41 secs

    We follow up on our Black Friday purchases, then talk about some Twitter trickery, some Russian rigidity, some charging insecurity, some location confusion, and some new Mac cryptocurrency malware.

  • The Chain of Trust

    November 29th, 2019  |  33 mins 20 secs

    Apple's two-factor authentication system sets up a chain of trust from one device to another. By ensuring your identity on one device, that device can then authenticate you on another device, and provide you with enhanced features, such as an Apple Watch unlocking a Mac, or an iPhone authorizing Apple Pay on a Mac. Understanding this chain of trust helps you better understand how Apple protects you.

  • Black Friday Safe Shopping Advice

    November 22nd, 2019  |  29 mins 51 secs

    It's Black Friday again, either the day we release this episode if you're in Europe, or next week, if you're in the US. It's the day when you can get some good deals on things you need, discounts on things you don't need, and, if you're not careful, you could get scammed. We discuss some best practices for buying new and used on Black Friday, and warn you about buying a used iPhone.

  • Vice President of Integrity

    November 15th, 2019  |  32 mins 47 secs

    We discuss Apple's new 16" MacBook Pro with a redesigned keyboard; two new entrants in the video streaming market, Apple TV+ and Disney+; a bug in Facebook's app; Google's Pixel 4's face unlock; and more.

  • iPad vs. MacBook: is iPadOS a game changer?

    November 8th, 2019  |  34 mins 10 secs

    With the release of iPadOS, the iPad has become a serious competitor to a laptop. While you can't do everything on an iPad that you can on a laptop, the gulf between the two is getting slimmer. We talk with Ian Schray, a dedicated iPad user, about replacing a laptop with an iPad.

  • admin / admin

    November 1st, 2019  |  35 mins 43 secs

    Apple has release a whole slew of security updates this week, stretching back quite far, and we discuss some of the changes, and also Apple's problematic HomePod update. Equifax is sued for using admin as user name and password to protect sensitive data. (Duh.) And we take a close look at the many security alerts and dialogs you see with macOS Catalina.

  • Depending on Your Threat Model...

    October 25th, 2019  |  38 mins 48 secs

    Samsung is foiled by screen protectors, users are spoofed by a clever two-factor authentication con, Firefox offers social tracking protection, and a stalker found his idol by analyzing reflections in her eyes in photos. And Google announces a quantum computing breakthrough that may mean that we need to use reeeeeeaaaaaallllllyyyyy long passwords in the future.