How to get a Safari password to save it in a password manager

Apple has been a fantastic promoter of better password security by suggesting strong passwords and auto-filling them in Safari for macOS and iOS. These passwords are long, complex, automatically stored, stored securely, and—if you have iCloud Keychain—synchronized across all your devices linked to the same iCloud account that also have …

Microsoft warns of Visual Basic, VBA and VBScript ‘procedure call’ errors after August patches

August is going to be a perilous patching month. We’re tracking down credible reports of the Server 2012 R2 Monthly rollup breaking RDP logins, a conflict between the Win10 1903 cumulative update and last month’s version of Outlook 365, confusion about Win7 patches being branded as “IA64 only,” dealing with …

3 Google privacy tips for Mac and iOS users

Alternative search engines such as DuckDuckGo are attracting growing numbers of privacy focused users, but there’s no doubt that Google dominates the industry, even on Apple products. Fortunately, there are several ways to make your Google activity more private. Do you have a Google account? (You probably do) Do you …

Chrome, Firefox to expunge Extended Validation cert signals

Google and Mozilla have decided to eliminate visual signals in their Chrome and Firefox desktop browsers of special digital certificates meant to assure users that they landed at a legitimate site, not a malicious copycat. The certificates, dubbed “Extended Validation” (EV) certificates, were a subset of the usual certificates used …

How to use 2FA on older Apple devices that won’t let you enter a verification code

Most people who own Apple hardware have different generations of equipment in use. And because the company’s gear can last a long time, you can wind up with some old equipment—like an ancient Apple TV or Mac that’s being used to serve up video or what have you. Apple has …

Lockly Secure Pro Review: This pricy biometric smart lock joins the Wi-Fi club

I reviewed the Lockly Secure Plus smart lock late last year. It integrated a fingerprint reader into its hardware, ostensibly providing a dramatic upgrade to the security level of the system. One thing was missing from the package: Any kind of significant “smart” features that let you tie the Lockly …

Lockly Secure Pro Review: This pricey biometric smart lock joins the Wi-Fi club

I reviewed the Lockly Secure Plus smart lock late last year. It integrated a fingerprint reader into its hardware, ostensibly providing a dramatic upgrade to the security level of the system. One thing was missing from the package: Any kind of significant “smart” features that let you tie the Lockly …

Why blockchain-based voting could threaten democracy

Public tests of blockchain-based mobile voting are growing. Even as there’s been an uptick in pilot projects, security experts warn that blockchain-based mobile voting technology is innately insecure and potentially a danger to democracy through “wholesale fraud” or “manipulation tactics.” The topic of election security has been in the spotlight …

Apple announces a new iPhone (and you can’t have it)

Apple has announced a new iPhone for 2020, but it will only be made available to a select group of security researchers – along with huge bounties to anyone informing the company of a new OS vulnerability. Probably the world’s most exclusive iPhone Ivan Krstić, Apple’s head of security engineering …