Flashback to Leopard

It seems that my ability to predict the future with respect to Mac malware is, indeed, on par with Digitime’s ability to predict anything. Just recently I wrote, “on the Mac, Leopard and Tiger are no longer being updated”. To prove me wrong (yeah, I’m sure that’s why they did it), Apple has just released […]

You scream, I scream, we all scream for Apple security updates!

I’ve been talking a lot lately about the importance of keeping systems up to date and the role this plays in keeping malware at bay. I even suggested that Mac users are particularly good at keeping there systems up to date. So if you’re on OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or 10.7 Lion, please help […]

Only you should 0wn your data, Part 3: The Mac malware landscape

It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future. —Yogi Berra In Part 1 of this series I discussed how your 1Password data may (or may not) be threatened if your computer gets infected with some kind of malware, particularly Flashback. In Part 2, I reviewed the few simple things everyone should do to keep […]

New Problem for Old FileVault users

If you have been using Apple’s FileVault to encrypt your home folder on OS X, read on. There is an important security bug and action you should take. This is an Apple security issue that does not affect 1Password 3 or Knox for Mac, but it is an important enough issue that I’m announcing it […]

Only you should 0wn your data, Part 2: Staying safe

Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice: That alone should encourage the crew. Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice: What I tell you three times is true. —Lewis Carroll “The Hunting of the Snark” In Part 1 of this series I discussed how your 1Password data […]

Only you should 0wn your data, Part 1: 1Password and Flashback

Over the last couple weeks, a topic in tech news has been Flashback, malware that seems to have gotten itself installed on (at least) about 600,000 Macs running OS X. Although there has been malware for Mac OS X for a long while, Flashback is the first to reportedly affect a substantial number of users. […]

1Password 3.6.5 for iOS is out with PBKDF2 goodness!

1Password for iPhone, 1Password for iPad, and 1Password Pro (for both iPhone and iPad) have just been updated to version 3.6.5. All of the changes are behind the scenes, but they include a great security enhancement to how your Master Password is protected. Different versions may become available at different times in different locations, so […]

OAuth, Dropbox, and your 1Password data

A number of iOS apps, including 1Password, have a security problem in how they handle OAuth tokens. 1Password 3.6.5, which was submitted to Apple several days ago, fixes this. This will be a free update for all owners of 1Password for iPhone, 1Password for iPad, and 1Password Pro (for iPhone and iPad). We can’t predict how […]

The ABCs of XRY: Not so simple passcodes

When talking about reports of tools that break into iPhones, it is very important to remember that the seller may be inclined to overemphasize its capabilities. It is also wise to keep in mind that the more sensational claims are the ones that tend to be picked up, and perhaps amplified, by the press. In […]

One phish, two phish; old phish, new phish

The easiest way to discover someone’s password is to ask them for it. —Folk wisdom in the security business There are many ways to trick people into revealing their passwords, but one of the most commonly attempted is phishing. If you can lure people to a website that looks like Paypal’s, but is actually under […]