Apple to Require 2-Factor Authentication on Developer Accounts Starting February 27

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Apple has informed developers that starting February 27, 2019, 2-Factor Authentication (2FA) will be required on their accounts for additional security. Apple informed devs that the move is to not only keep their accounts security but is also aimed to prevent third-parties from being able to access their accounts. Developers were informed by email yesterday … Read moreApple to Require 2-Factor Authentication on Developer Accounts Starting February 27

Touch ID Support for Safari Autofill Found in macOS Mojave 10.14.4 Beta 1

Touch ID Settiings in MacOS Mojave

Touch ID in macOS Mojave looks to be getting a handy new update. With the release of the first beta of MacOS 10.14.4 last week, Touch ID has been expanded to support Safari Autofill functionality. This should make things more secure should you leave your Mac unattended (don’t do that!) with Safari open. Currently in … Read moreTouch ID Support for Safari Autofill Found in macOS Mojave 10.14.4 Beta 1

Apple Voices Opposition to Australian Encryption Law

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Apple, Google, and Microsoft are among several tech companies that today voiced their concern and opposition to the new Australian Encryption law.  That law was passed last week and could force companies to allow access to encrypted devices or face heavy fines.  The law past last week and all three of the companies call it … Read moreApple Voices Opposition to Australian Encryption Law

Some Users Reporting Apple ID Account Locks on Their iPhone

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A number of people on Twitter and Reddit are reporting that they are waking up this morning to their Apple ID being locked.  The issue, which has an unknown origin, requires iPhone users to answer security questions and enter a trusted phone number to resolve.  In some cases, users may have to reset their Apple ID password.

Apple, for security reasons, will lock accounts if too many attempts on a wrong password are used to unlock an iPhone or iPad.  Why this issue is happening randomly is a mystery and Apple has not confirmed anything as of yet.

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Apple Privacy Site Refreshed – US Users Can Now Request All Personal Data

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At Apple, we believe privacy is a fundamental human right.

That is how Apple started their explanation and understanding of privacy on the revamped Apple Privacy site today.  This opening sentence sets a very clear mark for Apple’s view point on privacy, your data, and how critical it is to the very nature of the company.

The new site, which can be found here, outlines Apple’s approach to privacy as well as how to manage your privacy, and the company’s transparency report where you can see the number of requests they get from governments and law enforcement.

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Apple to Drop TLS 1.0 and 1.1 Support in Safari in March of 2020

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Apple has informed developers and sites that the company’s browser, Safari, will no longer support TLS 1.0 or 1.1 starting in March 2020.  The new follows similar announcements from Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla on support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 dropping in 2020.  TLS 1.0 was introduced back in 1999 so in terms of Internet half-life, it is ancient.

TLS, or Transport Layer Security, is a security protocol used to protect web traffic.  TLS 1.2, provides far better security against attacks and provides better encryption.

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Mail in MacOS Mojave Now Supports Microsoft Exchange Accounts With 2 Factor Authentication

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There is some great news for those of you who use 2 Factor Authentication with Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Exchange in Office 365 and have upgraded to MacOS Mojave.  Mac Mail now supports it!

Up until Mojave, if you used 2FA with Microsoft Exchange, Mail did not support the mechanisms that Microsoft uses as part of the authentication process.  Most users (me included) would simply get an error and it would never authenticate your account.  With Mail in Mojave, Apple has included support for the Microsoft authentication requirements and it works.

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Microsoft Authenticator Update Brings Apple Watch Companion App

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A few weeks ago I posted about an update that would be coming to Microsoft Authenticator.  That update, which was released this morning, brings an Apple Watch companion app so you can approve 2 Factor Authentication request from your Watch.

The companion app works with your personal Microsoft account, work, or school account right now and doesn’t appear to work with other 2FA account you may have configured (Twitter, Evernote, etc).  Ideally the companion app should mirror what’s on your iPhone but it is a start.

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