Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Apple has finally woven an update this mfox that scary, lurking glitch that invaded Group FaceTime a couple of weeks ago.
The software updates — iOS 12.1.4 and macOS Mojave 10.14.3 – are ready to be installed and downloaded in your Settings App on your iOS devices or in the App Store on your Mac.
Apple issued this statement:
“Today’s software update fixes the security bug in Group FaceTime. We again apologize to our customers and we thank them for their patience,” an Apple spokesperson said in a statement. “In addition to addressing the bug that was reported, our team conducted a thorough security audit of the FaceTime service and made additional updates to both the FaceTime app and server to improve security” Via CNN.Com
To install the software updates on iOS devices, go to Settings -> General -> Software Updates and tap “Download and Install.” On a Mac, open the App Store and go to the Updates section.
And if you disabled FaceTime, you’ll have to turn it back on in Settings to resume using the feature.
So, all is safe now. No more eavesdropping! FaceTime is now open for business.
It’s September! Yes. It is! And for Apple fans, this means another Apple Event is upon us. And this one promises to be a doozy!
On Tuesday, September 12th, Apple will reveal some major new products at the spanking brand new and very posh Steve Jobs Theatre. I cannot wait to see this gorgeous theatre. It sounds pretty amazing.
So it is only fitting that the product revelations match the aura and opulence of this new theatre, named after Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs. Read the rest of this entry
I guess I have been watching too many episodes of Homeland, 24 and Criminal Minds because this latest news item blows my mind and makes me wonder why the FBI does not have adequate capability to penetrate encrypted dialogue on the iPhone?
Maybe the FBI should take a page from the Apple Manual and apply the “Think Different” philosophy to their detective skills.
Nevertheless , they are forcing Apple to create software to bypass specific encryption protocols developed and safeguarded by Apple Inc. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, stresses that their customers deserve privacy, defying orders to unlock the phone in question. He said it would be a dangerous and unprecedented move on their part.
To emphasize the seriousness of this matter and the value Apple places on securing privacy for all of their customers, Apple posted a well – detailed MESSAGE to its customers, explaining and underlying the importance of this issue and what it means to the security of all data stored on its servers.
Here is an excerpt:
“The Need for Encryption
Smartphones, led by iPhone, have become an essential part of our lives. People use them to store an incredible amount of personal information, from our private conversations to our photos, our music, our notes, our calendars and contacts, our financial information and health data, even where we have been and where we are going.
All that information needs to be protected from hackers and criminals who want to access it, steal it, and use it without our knowledge or permission. Customers expect Apple and other technology companies to do everything in our power to protect their personal information, and at Apple we are deeply committed to safeguarding their data.
Compromising the security of our personal information can ultimately put our personal safety at risk. That is why encryption has become so important to all of us.
For many years, we have used encryption to protect our customers’ personal data because we believe it’s the only way to keep their information safe. We have even put that data out of our own reach, because we believe the contents of your iPhone are none of our business.”
I, along with the rest of the world, appreciate the seriousness of this matter and the need to recover as much information and dialogue engaged by this individual prior to the shooting – but, not at the expense of Apple customer security. All it takes is one – ONE – disgruntled FBI employee to run amok with this software and bring down the secure digital framework we associate with Apple.
I don’t have answers to this problem but, surely, in this day and age of advanced technology, there must be a solution somewhere, somehow. Maybe the FBI can follow up on their leads the old – fashioned way – through better Intel, perhaps? To base all your leads on a phone is just sad. No doubt it requires less effort.
However, think about this. When people used landlines and the calls were secure, what did our intelligence do then? Pound the old pavement, questioning tons of people, adding 2+2 =4, summoning one’s instinct and moving on that instinct.
Maybe my thinking is archaic and simplistic, but, sometimes, everything old can become new again.
In the meantime, Apple customers can sleep easier tonight knowing that Apple has gone to extreme measures to ensure the protection and privacy of their personal information.
I have had my Apple TV 4 for one week and, with the exception of one small glitch, I am absolutely loving the entire experience. Read the rest of this entry
If you have been suffering from Two Dots withdrawal syndrome, well suffer now more! The Two Dots creators have added 25 new levels featuring that annoying ghoulish Slime Machine in their Creep Through The Graveyard Part Two update of this very addictive but very delightful game. Read the rest of this entry