By Levi Sumagaysay | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: October 18, 2018 at 8:40 am | UPDATED: October 18, 2018 at 8:55 am As other tech giants face increasing scrutiny over privacy, Apple is continuing to try to position itself as its champion. Apple this week launched a privacy portal for U.S. users. From there, they can now download the data the company has on them, something European users have been able to do since May, when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect there. The company also refreshed its privacy pages, giving more explanation about its products, services and the personal information associated with them, ahead of the ability to pre-order its newest iPhones on Friday. Facebook users have been able to download their data for some time, too. But as it offers more transparency, Apple the hardware maker is also seeking to differentiate itself from companies such as Facebook. “Whether you’re taking a … [Read more...] about You can now download your Apple user data — here’s how
It seems to be "phishing" season -- and Apple users are a growing target. Computer security experts have detected a recent uptick in Apple-related online scams, and they say there are several reasons for that. Hackers may be trying to exploit users' concerns about iCloud security after the highly-publicized case of celebrities' personal photos being stolen and posted online. In addition, experts say hackers are probably trying to take advantage of the popular excitement surrounding the launch of the new Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. With new products and software rolling out, many users may believe these scams are part of the normal update process. According to the 2014 Global Phishing Survey, Apple is now the "world's most-phished brand." A phishing attack is one in which a hacker sends you a text or email that appears to be from a legitimate business or acquaintance, and tries to trick you into entering personal data, a credit card number or other financial information. The … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Apple users targeted in “phishing” scams
Suppose the FBI wins its court battle and forces Apple to help unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino killers. That could open all iPhones up to potential government scrutiny - but it's not the end of the story. Turns out there's a fair bit both individuals and Apple could do to FBI-proof their phones and shield private information from investigators and cybercriminals alike. The New York Times reports that Apple engineers have been working on developing new security measures that even the company itself can't hack. According to the paper, work began on the technology even before the San Bernardino attack. Although no specifics of the technology were given, the idea is that it could eventually make it impossible for Apple or government officials to crack open a locked iPhone. "One senior executive, speaking on the condition of anonymity, replied that it was safe to bet that security would continue to improve," the Times reported. Aside from the possibility of a future, … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Can Apple design an iPhone even it can’t hack?
Terms like "magical," "incredible," "amazing" and even "chamfered edge" have long appeared in the lexicon of Apple keynote events. Here's a new one: "differential privacy." The words were uttered at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC 2016) by Craig Federighi, senior vice president of software engineering, as he explained the way the company's new iOS 10 software will anticipate your needs and wants. More importantly, he said, the operating system will get smarter without violating your privacy. "All of this great work in iOS 10 would be meaningless to us if it came at the expense of your privacy," Federighi said during the event, held in San Francisco. With that, he distinguished between the philosophies of Apple and competitors like Google when it comes to handling your personal data. The bottom line: Apple has chosen not to use its data to create "profiles," which means it doesn't need access to specific information about you to figure out what you need. Google, on the … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo How Apple plans on making features smarter while balancing privacy
Last Updated Sep 13, 2016 3:55 PM EDT After unveiling the new iPhone 7 and Apple Watch at a highly publicized event last week, Apple officially started to roll out the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 10, today. Now, consumers must ask themselves: should I upgrade to iOS 10 immediately, or wait and see? “Even though it looks just like iOS 9, a lot — and we mean a lot — of features are radically different,” writes CNET’s Sharon Profis. The latest software, which is compatible with recent models of the iPhone (iPhone 5 or newer), iPad and iPod touch, is Apple’s biggest operating system release yet, the company said. However, CNET advises holding off for now on phones older than the iPhone 6 since their processors may be more likely to suffer performance issues. New features in iOS 10 For those with newer phones, the software has some shiny new … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Apple’s iOS 10 is here – should you update now or wait?