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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  • Zoom Zero-Day, and Unmasking Mac Malware Makers

    July 19th, 2019  |  34 mins 3 secs

    An app named Zoom may sound like a good thing, but this app opened the Macs of users who had it installed - including Kirk - to a serious security vulnerability. This led Apple to take the rare action of pushing out a silent security update to Macs. And Josh tells us all about how you find out who creates malware.

  • Browser Fingerprinting, Hyper-Threading, Firefox, VPN, and More

    July 12th, 2019  |  32 mins 9 secs

    We discuss a number of issues in the news, such as a 17-year old Firefox vulnerability, the threat to end-to-end encryption, and whether Apple should offer a VPN. We also answer listening questions about browser fingerprinting - what is it? we explain - and turning off hyper-threading (we explain that too).

  • Browser Wars: Which Web Browser Is Best for Privacy?

    July 5th, 2019  |  35 mins 27 secs

    Everyone uses a web browser, on their Mac and their iOS device. But there are many web browsers, and some are better designed to protect your privacy. We take a deep dive into web browsers and discuss the pros and cons of Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and a number of alternatives.

  • New Mac Malware, Apple Public Betas, and More

    June 28th, 2019  |  28 mins 43 secs

    There's been a lot of Mac malware appearing lately, and Intego has been discovering many serious new threats. We look at some of these malware, discuss an interesting new OneDrive feature, then talk about installing and using Apple's public betas for macOS, iOS, iPadOS, tvOS, and watchOS.

  • Flash, Incognito Mode, Porn, and a Malware Extravaganza

    June 21st, 2019  |  36 mins 36 secs

    This week, as we are at Midsummer's Day, we look at the final nail in Adobe Flash's coffin, a new Chrome incognito mode feature, the UK's porn block, and a bunch of new malware.

  • Privacy Policies Can Be as Complicated as Kant's Critique of Pure Reason

    June 14th, 2019  |  34 mins 28 secs

    We discuss running iOS and macOS betas, the new iPod touch, Firefox's coming subscription service, Safari auto-submitting user names and passwords, and how some companies' private policies can be as complicated as Kant's Critique of Pure Reason.

  • New Security and Privacy Features in macOS Catalina and iOS 13

    June 7th, 2019  |  34 mins 49 secs

    Apple announced their new operating systems early this week, and we take a close look at the many interesting and useful new security privacy features that will soon be available on your Mac and iOS devices.

  • Deep Dive: Software Updates on Mac and iOS

    May 31st, 2019  |  27 mins 44 secs

    It's essential that you update your software, both to have improved features, squashed bugs, and security fixes. But should you update your software automatically, or should you wait? How can you best manage software updates on the Mac and on iOS?

  • Oh, Google...

    May 24th, 2019  |  34 mins 8 secs

    We've called out Facebook many times recently for their security issues, and now it's time to look at a couple of problems with Google. We also discuss the Huawei situation, and how it may affect Apple, and more.

  • Epic disasters: ZombieLoad, WhatsApp, Google 2FA Keys, and Microsoft RDP

    May 17th, 2019  |  30 mins 57 secs

    It's been a busy week for security vulnerabilities. ZombieLoad affects all recent Intel processors, and Apple has issued a fix for it. A serious WhatsApp vulnerability made the evening news because it was so dangerous. And Google and Microsoft had a few issues as well.

  • How We Use Facebook

    May 10th, 2019  |  33 mins 21 secs

    We look at an issue that caused Firefox add-ons to not work for a while, and discuss a suggestion about making Apple's AirDrop more secure. Then we discuss how we use Facebook, and why we don't use it much any more (and perhaps why you should rethink how you use the service).

  • Should you worry about MDM software?

    May 3rd, 2019  |  30 mins 11 secs

    Apple has updated XProtect; what is this? Facebook bans quizzes and useless apps; finally. And we take a close look at MDM software, and how Apple has taken measures against apps that use this technology.

  • When should you upgrade your Mac?

    April 26th, 2019  |  32 mins 43 secs

    Macs last a long time, but whatever your needs, you’ll need to upgrade your Macs eventually. Whether you buy new or used, there comes a time when you need more power, RAM, storage, or all of the above. You don’t necessarily have to upgrade your entire Mac. We discuss the different variations of upgrading your Apple hardware.

  • Solving a problem that isn’t there

    April 19th, 2019  |  33 mins 18 secs

    Breaking news: folding phones are out, and they’re breaking. Is this a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist? We also discuss the possibility of Apple creating a Find My Everything app, and we look at advertising identifiers on iOS device, and Mozilla’s campaign to get Apple to change them every month.

  • Is Apple Breaking Up iTunes?

    April 12th, 2019  |  36 mins 13 secs

    Rumors abound of Apple breaking up iTunes, and we look at what this might entail. We also discuss how Amazon employees are listening in on Alexa devices, and we relate the story of an Apple employee whose confidential Apple devices were subject to searches when he tried to cross the border.

  • The One About the iPad

    April 5th, 2019  |  36 mins 24 secs

    We discuss the iPad: how it can replace a computer for some people, how the new iPad mini is a great little device, and how there are some elements of iOS that could be improved to make the iPad even better.