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Digital Privacy at the U.S Border: A New How-To Guide from EFF

An update from the EFF on Digital Privacy at the U.S Border: A New How-To Guide from EFF - download the PDF.

PROTECTING THE DATA ON YOUR DEVICES  AND IN THE CLOUD
 
We have fewer rights at the U.S. border than in the interior. Still, we can all take action before, during, and after our border crossings to protect our digital privacy.  See more at the EFF site.

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Daniel's Mac Security Guide

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Last update March 11, 2016

Mac / OS/X Security Recomendations

  • Keep your software up to date.
    • Always update your Apple software from the Updates section of the Apple App Store.  Click the Apple icon on the top left of the display, select "About this Mac" and click on Software Update.  Never update by way of a link on a webpage or an email.
    • Update non-Apple software from within the application or from the company's web site.  Beware of ectra or bonus software downloads during updates.  Oracle's Java updates are notorious for installing unnecessary toolbars.  Less scrupulous companies are often the source of unwanted add-ons that can steal data or show unwanted ads.
  • Make Time Machine backups
    • Select the option to encrypt backups.
    • Keep at least two backups each at a different location and at least one disconnected.  See my article on The Dangers of Cloud Sync.
  • Install anti-virus software.
    • I use Sophos Home, a free AV program for Macs.  Sophos.com
    • Install anti-malware software
      • I use Malwarebytes from Malwarebytes.org.  
  • Set a login password for your Mac
  • Keep your Mac behind a good firewall.

Identifying Back Doors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices by Jonathan Zdziarski

Slides from the talk Identifying Back Doors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS by Jonathan Zdziarski at the 2014 Hope X conference in New York. 
 

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Mac Rumors Apple Product Cycles

This page provides a product summary for each Apple model. The intent is to provide the site's best recommendations regarding current product cycles, and to provide a summary of currently available rumors for each model.

This page is based on rumors and speculation.  Useful data about average update cycle and days since last update.

Fixing the "ACL found but not expected on ..." error during OSX Volume Repair

logo of OSX Disk Utility

Symptom - Running the OSX Disk Utility program and selecting Verify Disk permissions results is multiple error of ACL found but not expected on [filename]”  While these errors can be safely ignored (ACLs are Access Control Lists) it does make reading the results of the disk verify difficult.    Fix - Fletcher Tomalty has written a python script that can be run from the command line to remove these unexpected ACLs.  The script uses the OSX Disk Utility to find the files and then does a sudo chmod -h -N on each of them.

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