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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  • Polymorphic Viruses

    June 5th, 2020  |  32 mins 45 secs

    We begin by learning how Josh got interesting in computer security. We then discuss Apple patches and flaws, end-to-end encryption, coronavirus scams, a Google lawsuit, and a photo that can crash Android phones.

  • Apple operating system updates, iPhone & iPad storage, and shooting video on an iPhone

    May 29th, 2020  |  34 mins

    Apple updated all its operating systems again this week, but a jailbreak vulnerability was found quickly. We discuss the new contact tracing feature in iOS, how to free up storage on an iOS device, and give some tips on shooting video on an iPhone.

  • Tips for using your Mac, iPad, and Apple Watch

    May 22nd, 2020  |  34 mins 52 secs

    We look at some practical tips for getting more out of your Mac, iPad, and Apple Watch. We take a close look at System Preferences, discuss using the iPad as a second screen for your Mac; and a handful of tips for making the Apple Watch more efficient. Also, Josh and Kirk disagree about Microsoft's choice to flag two spaces after a period in Word as an error.

  • iCloud, Thunderbolt, WWDC, and North Korean Malware

    May 15th, 2020  |  29 mins 58 secs

    The date for this year's WWDC has been set (June 22). Many users don't know that the government can access some of your iCloud data (with a warrant). We look at a new Thunderbolt vulnerability that affects Macs made since 2011 (but you don't need to worry). And we discuss contact tracing apps and new North Korean malware.

  • It’s World Password Day; Why do we still use passwords?

    May 8th, 2020  |  30 mins 32 secs

    Passwords are easy to implement, but keeping them secure is not that simple. On World Password Day, Josh and Kirk discuss how passwords might be replaced by other means of authentication. And they discuss the UK's covid-19 contact tracing app which raises privacy concerns, a Facebook bug that caused lots of apps to fail, why you should always check that auto-completed email address, and more.

  • Don’t Share Your Apple ID (so a Friend Can Watch Apple TV+)

    May 1st, 2020  |  31 mins 2 secs

    Getting a text message on an iOS device can crash your iPhone or iPad; but it can't do any more harm than that. Apple has released a beta version of iOS with its coronavirus notification API, but Americans don't trust tech companies. And we talk about Apple TV+, and how you should never share your Apple ID so friends can watch shows with your account.

  • Zero Day, Compromised Ad Servers, and the New iPad Magic Keyboard

    April 24th, 2020  |  32 mins 11 secs

    Every day is zero day in the security world. Researchers have found some serious vulnerabilities in iOS that affect the Mail app, and a fix is coming. Compromised ad servers allow cybercriminals to serve malware on respected websites. And we discuss the new Magic Keyboard for iPad, which turns the iPad into a new computing device.

  • Contact Tracing, Phishing, and a New iPhone

    April 17th, 2020  |  28 mins 18 secs

    Apple has announced a new iPhone SE, a low-priced phone that's really the iPhone for everyone. Google and Apple are working on a contract tracing app, to help stem the spread of the coronavirus. And Apple users are among those most targeted by phishing. And we inaugurate our new segment, Zoom Zinger, where we highlight security and privacy issues with the Zoom videoconferenceing software. (Sorry about the audio; Josh's recording software crashed, and we had to fall back on our backup Skype recording.)

  • How Not to Get Phone Scammed

    April 10th, 2020  |  37 mins 2 secs

    A good friend of Kirk's, a very tech savvy guy, got scammed on the phone by someone pretending to be from his bank. We discuss how this happened, and all the red flags you need to be aware of. We also discuss how Apple is helping health care workers, and we look at the latest Zoom security and privacy issues.

  • Zoom Is a Security and Privacy Nightmare (Zoomenfreude)

    April 3rd, 2020  |  31 mins 22 secs

    Lots of people have turned to Zoom to stay in touch with friends and family, and to work from home, but this software has had a huge number of security issues. We discuss these and how this trend shows poor attention to security and privacy in this software.

  • Medical ID, Apple Updates, Intel Vulnerabilities, and More

    March 27th, 2020  |  32 mins 35 secs

    Josh and Kirk discuss how to set up a medical ID on an iPhone and Apple Watch, we cover this week's Apple updates, we look at a new Intel CPU bug, and more.

  • How to Adapt to Working From Home

    March 20th, 2020  |  31 mins 38 secs

    Many people are required to work from home for the foreseeable future, so Josh and Kirk have decided to give some tips about working from home, something they both do.

  • The History of Apple Malware, with Guest John McAfee

    March 13th, 2020  |  33 mins 11 secs

    Malware has affected Apple computers since even before the release of the Macintosh. In fact, the very first computer virus that spread in the wild affected the Apple II. We discus the history of Apple malware, and we talk with John McAfee, creator of the first commercial antivirus, about how he created the software.

  • RSA Conference 2020 Highlights

    March 6th, 2020  |  34 mins 50 secs

    Josh attended this year's RSA Conference, one of the big meet-ups about computer security, and discusses what he learned there. We also cover news about smart speakers listening to your conversations (again), a copy/paste issue that Apple says isn't a big deal, and a new limitation by Safari for HTTPS certificates, that will affect some websites.

  • 10 Things You Shouldn’t Do on Your Work Computer or Phone

    February 28th, 2020  |  34 mins 5 secs

    Your work computer or phone doesn't belong to you, and you should be careful about what you do on these devices. Your employer can track you and all your activity, and record what you do, and even, perhaps, what you type.

  • Switching Default Apps on the iPhone and iPad

    February 21st, 2020  |  26 mins 45 secs

    Your iPhone or iPad comes with 36 default apps, including Mail, Safari, and Messages. You may want to use other apps for email, for browsing, and for messaging, in part to enhance your security and privacy. While you can't set other apps to replace the defaults, as you can on macOS, you can switch. We explain how.