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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  • 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.

  • 5G Is Here: What Does This Mean for You?

    October 22nd, 2020  |  33 mins 45 secs

    Josh and Kirk discuss 5G: what it is, how it works, and how fast it is. Is it worth getting a new iPhone 12 for 5G? Also, we look at another case of Apple notarizing malware, and a new RAT that started out on Windows and is now threatening the Mac.

  • Apple's New iPhone 12 and HomePod mini

    October 15th, 2020  |  30 mins 41 secs

    Josh and Kirk talk about Apple's announcement of the iPhone 12, and whether they plan to upgrade. They explain the point of the HomePod mini, and discuss what Siri can do with this new home device from Apple. We also look at the new MagSafe charging system on the iPhone 12.

  • Three Years! And What's Next for Apple?

    October 8th, 2020  |  29 mins 20 secs

    Josh and Kirk celebrate three years of the Intego Mac Podcast, and we discuss what Apple is likely to announce next week. We also look at a useful tip to keep thieves from using a stolen iPhone, a problematic macOS update that Apple had to pull, and serious, unmatchable issues with the T2 security chip in recent Macs. And yet another reminder that Flash is dead.

  • Who Is Tracking You?

    October 1st, 2020  |  30 mins 6 secs

    Apple's Safari web browser has a new feature that prevents trackers from profiling you; we discuss how this works to protect you on the Mac and on iOS. We also talk about the new Series 6 Apple watch, and the solo loop band. And we take a detour to look at how a security researcher put ransomware on a coffee machine.

  • Beware Drive-By Downloads in Safari

    September 24th, 2020  |  26 mins 12 secs

    The popular fitness tracking app Strava can assist stalkers; Facebook is irked about European regulators; a new Bluetooth vulnerability takes a new tack on attacks; and we look at some disturbing drive-by downloads that are coming from rogue Google ads.

  • New, New, New from Apple!

    September 18th, 2020  |  31 mins 51 secs

    Apple announced new Apple Watch models, updated iPads, a new fitness subscription service, and a subscription bundle, Apple One. While iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 were released this week, there's still no news on macOS. Josh and Kirk look at all the new stuff, and try to figure out what's best for most users.

  • What if Apple Built a Search Engine?

    September 11th, 2020  |  31 mins 34 secs

    With Apple holding a new product event next week, we discuss recent speculation that Apple might be building a search engine. The discuss the implications of this, especially if Apple's own search engine replaced Google as the default search engine on macOS and iOS.

  • Apple Authorized Mac Malware

    September 4th, 2020  |  29 mins

    iOS 13.7 is out, with support for COVID-19 exposure notifications. Apple's clever new privacy ad highlights the way people give up personal data. Criminals are using Ring doorbells to know when the cops are coming. And Apple approved, through their "notarization" system, dozens of malicious apps.

  • A Six-Digit Passcode Isn’t Strong Enough

    August 28th, 2020  |  31 mins 56 secs

    A Lightroom update has wiped user photos, and there's no way to get them back; malicious Chinese code in 1,200 iOS apps is collecting data and simulating clicks to make money; and a chilling story shows why a six-digit passcode isn't enough to protect your data on an iOS device.

  • Back That Mac Up

    August 21st, 2020  |  29 mins 55 secs

    New Mac malware targets the Xcode development environment, and Apple has know about it for more than a month, but didn't share the information with security specialists. Epic vs. Apple: who will win the Fortnite battle royale? And we discuss backing up your Mac using Time Machine, Intego Personal Backup, and using a NAS for backups and other file storage.

  • How to Send Files Securely, and Why You Shouldn’t Use Tor

    August 14th, 2020  |  33 mins 55 secs

    Apple is planning on offering a bundle of services called Apple One, and we discuss how useful it might be. We mention new iOS and macOS updates, talk about the Have I Been Pwned website going open source, look into an Amazon Alexa abomination, and explain why Tor isn't as safe as you might have thought. We then take a look at the many ways you can send files securely to someone; and explain how sending files by email can be secure.

  • A New iMac, a Google Gotcha, and a Zoom Zinger

    August 7th, 2020  |  29 mins 33 secs

    Apple updated the 27" iMac this week, and it may be the last new desktop Mac running Intel processors, but should you buy this one or wait for Apple's own chips? Google accidentally enabled some of its speakers to listen in on sounds in people's homes, and we update recent stories about Garmin getting hit by ransomware, and the Great Twitter Hack of 2020.

  • How computer security is depicted in movies

    July 31st, 2020  |  32 mins 4 secs

    We talk about an update on the Great Twitter Hack of 2020, discuss a ransomware attack on Garmin that shut down the company's services, and even its assembly lines, and warn listeners about some Netgear devices that have vulnerabilities and can't be updated. We then discuss the often ridiculous way hacking is portrayed in movies and TV.

  • Are smart locks really that smart?

    July 24th, 2020  |  31 mins 41 secs

    We follow up on the great Twitter hack of 2020, we discuss how a Cloudflare outage brought down many major websites, and Kirk tells a story of a suspicious email from his local government. We then examine whether smart locks are really safe.

  • The Great Twitter Hack of 2020

    July 17th, 2020  |  30 mins 52 secs

    Apple issues another round of updates, hackers target organizations involved in coronavirus vaccine development, and there was a big Twitter hack where CEOs and politicians had their accounts compromised. Tweets were posted for a cryptocurrency scam, but were there other reasons for the hack?