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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  • Software Updates, Scam iPhone Apps, and Using Safari Browser Extensions

    February 11th, 2021  |  35 mins 7 secs

    There were a number of important security updates to key software this week: macOS, Chrome, Edge, and even Plex. We discuss how upgrading a Mac to Big Sur without enough space can cause data loss, we look at scam apps on the iOS app store, and we talk about using Safari browser extensions on the Mac

  • Face ID with Masks, a sudo vulnerability, and Apple's Privacy Labels

    February 4th, 2021  |  31 mins 24 secs

    Apple is testing a new feature allowing users with Face ID iPhones to unlock them with their Apple Watch, if they're wearing masks. There's a vulnerability with the sudo command in various Unix distributions, including macOS. And we discuss how Apple's privacy labels have been abused already by developers.

  • Apple Updates, Web Browsers, and Ergonomics

    January 28th, 2021  |  34 mins 42 secs

    Apple updated most of its operating system, and these updates are important because they patch vulnerabilities that are exploited in the wild. We talk about some web browsers and Flash, and we discuss ergonomics and how you can make your workstation healthier.

  • DNS, Lost Bitcoin, and the new Big Sur Control Center

    January 21st, 2021  |  32 mins 33 secs

    DNS is in the news, following a warning from the NSA and new malware. We discuss how common it is for law enforcement to crack smartphones, and how this should prompt you to choose a more secure passcode for your device. We look another bitcoin owner who's lost millions. And we discuss the new Control Center in macOS Big Sur.

  • How iTunes Changed Apple

    January 14th, 2021  |  33 mins 11 secs

    iTunes is 20 years old. Even if, on the Mac, that name has been eclipsed, the iTunes brand still exists, and iTunes is one of the reasons that Apple is such a strong services company. We also look at some new AppleScript malware, how some millionaires are losing Bitcoin because they forgot their passwords, and discuss "brushing," a new semi-scam where people received Amazon deliveries they never ordered.

  • New Year’s Resolution: Cull Your Notifications

    January 7th, 2021  |  32 mins 3 secs

    There's new malware attacking cryptocurrency apps, WhatsApp warns users about data it is sharing with Facebook, and Apple loses a copyright fight with a company that virtualizes iOS so security researchers can look for vulnerabilities. We also look at how you can manage and secure notifications on your devices, so you don't get too distracted, and also so personal information isn't visible when your devices are locks.

  • A Brief History of Adobe Flash Player: From Multimedia to Malware

    December 31st, 2020  |  31 mins 13 secs

    On December 31, 2020, Adobe Flash Player is officially dead. This browser plugin, which provided multimedia content for the early internet, has been plagued by security issues, and became the most exploited vector for malware on the Mac. We look back on 25 years of Flash.

  • Looking Back on the Year in Apple Security

    December 24th, 2020  |  32 mins 32 secs

    As the year ends, we look back on the security issues that arose in 2020, including malware that bypassed Apple's checks, Flash Player malware, and malware that specifically targeted Mac developers.

  • Understanding Apple’s App Privacy Information

    December 17th, 2020  |  35 mins 7 secs

    Apple has introduced new app privacy information on its app stores, explaining how developers collect data. We also look at this week's Apple updates, including one for iOS 12, and even iCloud for Windows. And we discuss how Google is manipulating links in emails, ostensibly to protect users.

  • What Do You Want for Christmas?

    December 10th, 2020  |  35 mins 16 secs

    Apple announces new over-the-ear headphones, AirPods Max, and we discuss whether these meet the needs of our hosts. Apple doubles down on anti-tracking rules, and WhatsApps complains about Apple's coming "nutrition labels" about data collection in apps. And Apple and Cloudflare have come up with a new way of sending DNS requests that protects privacy.

  • A Week with the New MacBook Air

    December 3rd, 2020  |  36 mins 50 secs

    We discuss how new security features in macOS Big Sur can make it difficult to install certain apps. We talk about Amazon Sidewalk, a feature that will share your bandwidth from Amazon devices. We look at an astounding remote wi-fi exploit that could have let hackers access your iPhone. And Kirk discusses his first week with the new MacBook Air, which has surprised him.

  • Black Friday; Securely Dispose of Your Old Mac; The HomePod mini

    November 26th, 2020  |  33 mins 52 secs

    With Black Friday coming up, we give some tips on buying older devices that may be insecure. We discuss how to audit your subscriptions with Apple, so you don't pay for what you're no longer using. We look at how to securely dispose of a Mac when you're selling or giving it away. And we talk about the new HomePod mini: is it the right smart speaker for you?

  • How To Prepare Your Mac for macOS Big Sur

    November 19th, 2020  |  32 mins 56 secs

    Apple released macOS Big Sur last week. On release day, there were a number of issues, including problems launching apps on Macs. We discuss what happened, and how Apple is changing its Gatekeeper security check. We also talk about when you should upgrade to Big Sur and how you should prepare your Mac for the big upgrade.

  • Apple Launches New Macs, and Big Sur Arrives

    November 12th, 2020  |  34 mins 8 secs

    Apple announced three new Macs with its own processors, the first of a transition of the complete line of Macs to Apple silicon that should be complete in about two years. At the same time, macOS Big Sur is released. We discuss the new Macs, Apple's M1 "system on a chip", and a two-year old Apple bug that still hasn't been fixed.

  • What to do if you think you have malware on your Mac

    November 5th, 2020  |  30 mins 13 secs

    Sometimes when things start going wrong on your Mac, you may think you have malware. In this episode, Josh and Kirk discuss the possible signs of a malware attack, and the steps to take if you think that you've been infection.

    In the introduction, we said we didn't think there would be much Apple-related news this week, but we learned that Apple will be announcing new Macs, and the release date for macOS Big Sur, on November 10, so we'll be covering that in the next episode.

  • Will Quantum Computing Change Computer Security?

    October 29th, 2020  |  27 mins 26 secs

    Quantum computing is just around the corner, and it will affect the way computer security works. Strong passwords and encryption will be cracked, and we'll need new ways to secure our data and identity. We also discuss complaints against Apple's coming anti-tracking protection in iOS, and we revisit the suggestions that Apple may build its own search engine.