AuthorJonny Evans

‘We need new privacy laws’ urges Apple CEO, Tim Cook

In a sidelong slap at the business model of Facebook, Google and others, Apple CEO Tim Cook has published an article in which he urges the U.S. government to put surveillance capitalists/data brokers under transparent legal oversight.

Stand up for your rights

“In 2019, it's time to stand up for the right to privacy - yours, mine, all of ours.” Cook writes in an article for Time Magazine.

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‘We need new privacy laws,’ urges Apple CEO Tim Cook

In a sidelong slap at the business model of Facebook, Google and others, Apple CEO Tim Cook has published an article in which he urges the U.S. government to put surveillance capitalists/data brokers under transparent legal oversight.

Stand up for your rights

“In 2019, it's time to stand up for the right to privacy — yours, mine, all of ours.” Cook writes in an article for Time Magazine.

To read this article in full, please click here

How to create and open compressed files on iPhone, iPad

Many enterprises rely on zip files to exchange data, particularly confidential data – compression helps keep information safe, even against inquisitive ads trackers lurking inside “free” email or online storage services. How do you handle these things on iPad or iPhone?

How to handle zip files on iPhone

While it isn’t especially obvious, iOS provides some limited features that let you archive and decompress zip files. You can even create a nice little Shortcut to do this for you:

  • Open Shortcuts, Tap Create Shortcut
  • In the search bar, type Extract Archive: That shortcut should appear in the list below, tap it to add it to your workflow.
  • Returning to the search bar, type Save File. When it appears tap it to add it to the workflow you are building.
  • Tap the switch button at top right of the shortcut name
  • In the next pane you can name the shortcut and give it an icon. The most important change you should make is to enable Show in Share Sheet (flick to green).
  • You can create a second Shortcut to make archives. Just tupe Make Archive to find the relevant flow and then add Save File and Show in Share Sheet as decribed above. Don’t forget to give it a name, such as Make Archive.
  • Shortcuts can work with multiple compression formats, including .tar, .zip and .iso.

How to use it:

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Enterprise iPhones will soon be able to use security dongles

Enterprise security professionals will be pleased to learn that it will soon be possible to enhance the already considerable device security of Apple’s iPhones with hardware-based physical authentication dongles using the Lightning port.

A highly secure proposition

Announced at CES 2019, the key fits on a keyring and comes from the authorization experts at Yubico. The hardware connects to iOS systems using the Lightning connection and is also equipped with USB-C for Macs. This is quite a big deal.

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Apple wants to stop you from using dangerous USB-C devices

Apple wants to make it harder for its customers to use cheap USB-C cables — and it’s for your own good.

The risks of USB-C cables

Cables are complicated, and that’s why friends don’t let friends connect cut-price or otherwise unverified USB-C cables to their systems — and soon, you won’t be able to.

Apple has warned its users to avoid using low-quality equipment for years. It was only in 2016 that it was revealed that hundreds of chargers at that time sold on Amazon and advertised as being made by Apple were in fact dangerous fakes.

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Apple wants to stop you using dangerous USB-C devices

Apple wants to make it harder for its customers to use cheap USB-C cables – and it’s for your own good.

These are the risks of USB-C cables

Cables are complicated and that’s why friends don’t let friends connect cut-price or otherwise unverified USB-C cables to their systems –and soon, you won’t be able to.

Apple has warned its users to avoid using low-quality equipment for years. It was only in 2016 that it was revealed that hundreds of chargers at that time sold on Amazon and advertised as being made by Apple were in fact dangerous fakes.

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Innovative anti-phishing app comes to iPhones

We’re always told never to click on a link we receive in an email in case doing so takes us to some dodgy phishing site where our account details are violated, but what if our email app warned us before we clicked malicious links?

Can this app offer you protection?

MetaCert isn’t fully available yet, but it does seem to be a promising solution that provides email users in enterprise and consumer markets an additional line of defence against clicking on malicious links received in email messages.

The solution emerged from the developer’s earlier work building an API to help app developers add a layer of security to WebView.

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Will Apple’s iPhone replace your password?

Imagine using Face ID on your iPhone alongside a password and Touch ID on your computer in order to access highly secure websites, such as online banks, enterprise intranets and confidential online data services.

That’s a possibility as Apple begins testing a new security standard called WebAuthn.

What is WebAuthn?

Apple has begun beta-testing support for the standard in Safari Technology Preview Release 71, though it does warn this support is an “experimental feature,” so it may go no further than that.

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Why Apple’s Siri is already an enterprise product

Apple's voice-activated digital assistant, Siri, has come in for more than its share of criticism that it has fallen behind other voice assistants in some ways. Critics don’t seem to understand that Apple’s voice assistant is an enterprise product.

Why is Siri an enterprise product?

This is what happens when you use a voice search tool: You activate the assistant, it listens to what you say, identifies that a request is being made and sends that request to the cloud to be resolved and responded to.

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Why Apple’s Siri is already an enterprise product

The usual suspects love to spend time claiming Siri lags other voice assistants in some ways, but they don’t seem to understand that Apple’s voice assistant is an enterprise product.

Why is Siri an enterprise product?

This is what happens when you use a voice search tool: You activate the assistant, it listens to what you say, identifies that a request is being made and sends that request to the cloud to be resolved and responded to.

This all happens pretty quickly and after a short delay your response arrives, or an action takes place.

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