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macOS Catalina 10.15.4 release: security improvements and more

macOS Catalina 10.15.4 release: security improvements and more

In late March 2020, Apple released another subversion of macOS Catalina. The new 10.15.4 iteration introduces a series of bug fixes and enhancements while additionally delivering security tweaks and feature updates. Compared to the previous build, this one appears to have more substantial changes under the hood and has a hue of finalization, which could mean that a fresh major macOS version is around the corner.

David Balaban
David Balaban
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COVID-19 scam emails to beware of

COVID-19 scam emails to beware of

The coronavirus pandemic is underway and a glimmer of light has yet to appear at the end of the tunnel. Having found themselves locked up in their homes as part of disease prevention, people around the world are being growingly targeted by online scams. Black hats are ramping up their efforts to execute COVID-19 themed phishing attacks aimed at stealing sensitive credentials or defrauding individuals and organizations of money.

David Balaban
David Balaban
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XXI century cybercrime stats and what to expect in the 2020s

XXI century cybercrime stats and what to expect in the 2020s

It is believed that a look back on the past can give valuable clues on what the future holds. How about applying this theory to cybercrime? From phishing and ransomware to mobile malware and cryptojacking, this century has already become a cradle of deleterious phenomena in this arena. This article encompasses some of the key cybercrime stats to date and outlines the top challenges that will likely emerge in the 2020s.

David Balaban
David Balaban
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Did you know that Facebook pays $20 per month for installing its own pseudo-VPN?

Did you know that Facebook pays $20 per month for installing its own pseudo-VPN?

Many Internet users do not believe that they can earn up to $20 a month selling their personal data. The latest scandal around Facebook shows that this statement has its right to exist. It turned out that Facebook has been running a secret Atlas project for more than two years, within which people get paid up to $20 a month for installing and using on their smartphones Facebook branded pseudo-VPN.

John Dee
John Dee
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Understanding What, in Fact, Is Personal Data

Understanding What, in Fact, Is Personal Data

Ipswich boy Ribald from the X century, turned the bark into a carrier of personal data, combining a drawing of his father and his name. Personal data is understood as a set of information that allows you to identify an individual - a set that unambiguously indicates a specific person. In some jurisdictions, like European countries, personal data is a broad term and may include various quasi-identifiers that may lead to the identification of a particular person.

John Dee
John Dee
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Apple Mail client exposed to a crypto security bug

Apple Mail client exposed to a crypto security bug

The sad truth is that the uncrackable security of macOS is a myth debunked quite a while ago. Ransomware, crypto miners, browser hijackers and adware compose an incomplete list of cyber threats successfully targeting this platform. To its credit, though, Apple keeps the scale of these attacks much lower than on competing operating systems, making malicious agents come up with non-standard workarounds like the recently discovered EFAIL compromise vector.

John Dee
John Dee
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