Here’s something you probably don’t think about when using your Mac: encrypting your startup disk and setting a firmware password.
Device encryption and firmware passwords will not only protect your personal data from unwanted access but it will also make it easier to recover lost or stolen devices.
Disk encryption is self explanatory, but you might be confused about that firmware password. Simply put, a firmware password prevents your Mac from starting up from any device other than your startup disk.
It can be helpful if your Mac is lost or stolen and will protect your against Direct Memory Access ( DMA ) attacks which can read your FileVault passwords and inject kernel modules.
Luckily you can easily enable both on your Mac, without 3rd party software, so let’s get started…
It’s a good idea to encrypt your digital life. Especially when you upload it to the cloud. You can already encrypt files and encrypt folders using macOS, but you might want to consider adopting a tool like VeraCrypt.
iPhone X Opens with a Glance – Face ID on iPhone X introduces the most unforgettable magical password ever created: Your face.
Introducing Portrait Lighting – Studio-quality portraits without the studio
iPhone X Adapts to Your Face – iPhone X recognizes you, even when you change.
I’ll be honest with you. I don’t use Facebook much. I’ll log in once in a while to see what my 400+ “close friends” are up to, scroll twice and log out. But usually I get on Facebook just to do a quick post on FSM’s page.
You might care more about Facebook than I do. And don’t worry… next time you log in, if you type in the wrong password, you’ll still get in.
Here’s the deal. Let’s say your FB password is “password”. You can type “1password” or “password1” ( or replace “1” with any other character ) and you’ll still be able to get in.
I’m not a security expert so I can’t explain why is this allowed. But in my book, no matter what the reason is, it’s a security flaw. I’m also a bit paranoid ( maybe too strong of a word ) and my first thought was…. OK, once people will figure it out it will be all over the news and then Facebook will prompt users to change their passwords.
Once a user changes his/her password, next step will be to “upload a clear photo of your face“. And I suppose you can figure it out why they want you to do that. To keep you safe. Wink wink.
To be clear, I’m not saying that’s the reason behind it. I’m only saying that this was my first thought. So in the meantime, you might want to turn on two-factor authentication by going to Settings > Security and Login. You might also want to use the “Recovery Codes” for 2FA, but if you want to use the SMS option, do me a favor and use a prepaid SIM not your actual number.
If you simply refuse to spend an obscene amount of money on a phone that feels like it’s a beta product, you can still partake in the iPhone X hype with the iPhone X scarf.
Get the iPhone X scarf here.
Did you know that Facebook now tries to know you even better by asking “casual” questions about yourself?
Facebook introduced a new “Did You Know” feature that’s meant to reveal your dreams, secrets and feelings on the social network. In a playful manner of course…
Following my “A Comprehensive Beginner’s Guide to iPhone Privacy and Security” article, I’ve decided to write another quick guide. This time is a quick guide on how to eliminate ( as much as possible ) Google from your life.
Holy f*cking sh*t. Check out this 3D printed Iron Man computer tower that houses all the components and a liquid cooling system.
Jump over the break to check out the specs and video…
Just a quick heads-up: Apple launched a Support Channel on YouTube. The new channel features a just handful of videos, at the moment, walking users through various iOS features like how to update iOS on your iPhone or iPad or how to delete call history on your iPhone.
Check out the Apple Support Youtube channel here.
Introducing Face ID – Introducing Face ID. Now your face can unlock with a look, log in to apps, and authenticate payments with Pay
Knows You When You Change – iPhone X recognizes you, even when you change your look.
Opens in the Dark – iPhone X recognizes you, even in the dark.
Animoji Yourself – iPhone X lets you bring messages to life. Animoji yourself.