How to give your phone an Android-12-inspired privacy upgrade

Android 12 sure is an onion of an update, wouldn't ya say?

Now, don't get me wrong: I'm not suggesting it's fragrant, likely to make you cry, or positively delicious when cooked in a stir-fry. (That'd be one heck of a piece of software!) I just mean that it has lots of layers to it, including some that are beneath the surface and impossible to see when you're only glancing from afar.

Android 12 is full of changes both big and small, in fact — and while many of its most noticeable external elements will be limited to Google's own Pixel phones, some of the improvements tucked away in those sticky lower layers are arguably the most important changes of all.

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8 Security Tools to be Unveiled at Black Hat USA

Security researchers and practitioners share a host of new cyber tools for penetration testing, reverse engineering, malware defense, and more.

Acronis teams with Jamf to secure the Apple-centric enterprise

As the Mac security journey becomes ever more challenging, there's fresh activity in the Mac security and enterprise infrastructure space: Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud now integrates with leading enterprise management platform Jamf.

Acronis and Jamf: Better together

That’s a significant step forward in terms of better native Mac support from Acronis, which has been working to widen its support for Apple’s platform since at least 2014 when it introduced Mac support for Acronis Access. It’s also a significant indicator that despite the existence of a few hold-outs, most enterprises now recognize that the future of work is remote.

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About the Pegasus spyware, Apple’s telling the full truth

When it comes to security and privacy issues, Apple generally does a far better job than its rivals — though admittedly for selfish marketing reasons. When comparing Apple's iOS and Google's Android, it's hard to not see that at least Apple makes a good-faith attempt at being security- and privacy-oriented, compared to Google, which would prefer selling ads and anything else it can think of.

Still, Apple has been known to twist and shift the truth, omitting germane background info and context when it’s convenient. Remember antenna-gate? The battery-gate brouhaha?

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Biden Administration Responds to Geopolitical Cyber Threats

In response to growing concerns regarding the recent uptick in large-scale, nation-state-backed ransomware attacks on critical infrastructure, the Biden administration is taking new action to tackle the evolving challenges posed by ransomware attacks.

Pegasus spyware and iPhone security

Amnesty International's Security Lab revealed that a handful of iPhones, mostly belonging to journalists and human rights activists, were successfully infected with Pegasus spyware. While the majority of iPhones users are not affected, the spyware, created by NSO Group, was found even on newer iPhone models equipped with the latest iOS update. Apple bills the iPhone as the most secure consumer cellular product on the market, so this wave of malware raises security concerns. Computerworld Executive Editor Ken Mingis and Macworld Executive Editor Michael Simon join Juliet to discuss iPhone security and more.

7 Hot Cyber Threat Trends to Expect at Black Hat

A sneak peek of some of the main themes at Black Hat USA next month.

Scary ‘malware-as-a-service’ Mac attack discovered

Law Firm for Ford, Pfizer, Exxon Discloses Ransomware Attack

Campbell Conroy & O'Neil reports the attack affected personal data including Social Security numbers, passport numbers, and payment card data for some individuals.

US Accuses China of Using Criminal Hackers in Cyber Espionage Operations

DOJ indicts four Chinese individuals for alleged role in attacks targeting intellectual property, trade secrets belonging to defense contractors, maritime companies, aircraft service firms, and others.