Intego Mac Podcast, Episode 32: Browser Cookies & Private Browsing

We talk about all those GDPR emails you’ve been receiving, mention a new Spectre-type vulnerability, and then take a deep dive into browser cookies and private browsing.

Check out the latest episode of The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode 31: Delete Your Social Media History

We discuss the new EFAIL issue affecting encrypted email; discuss a new class-action suit against Apple; and then explain how you can delete your history on Facebook and Twitter. It’s not easy, but it’s possible.

Check out the latest episode of The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

How to Easily Remove Old Tweets and Facebook Posts

Your social media accounts are a reflection of your life—at least the part of your digital life that you share with your friends, family members, and perhaps strangers. People post all sorts of things on social media: photos of selfies and vacation pics, links to articles you find interesting, comments about your favorite sports teams, random thoughts about movies, music, politics, and more.

While fun to banter on social media, if you were to take a look back at comments you’ve posted on Facebook and Twitter over the years, you may cringe. There may come a time in your life when you want to clean up what you’ve shared on social media; not that what you’ve posted is necessarily wrong, but this unfiltered content, often composed in the spur of the moment, may not be flattering when taken out of context years later.

In this article, I’ll show you how to use free tools to easily delete old tweets and clean out your Facebook content.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode 30: What Is a Firewall, and How Does it Work?

After some news about an interesting new iOS security feature, some potential malware, and a surprising move by Microsoft, we delve into firewalls. What is a firewall? How does it work? Why do you need one?

Check out the latest episode of The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

Social Engineering: Beware of ‘Tech Support’ Scams

It begins with a simple phone call. A scratchy voice, often sounding distant and foreign, introduces the caller as “John,” or “Steven,” but the accent suggests otherwise. The caller claims to be calling from Microsoft tech support, and says that there’s a problem with your computer. If you say that you have a Mac, they either hang up or say, “Yes, sorry, you have a Mac.”

And so begins an attempt at social engineering (social hacking), a way of conning people into allowing an unknown person to access their computer, possibly copy files, and eventually getting them to pay for this “tech support.” The scammer strings the user along, leads them to supposed “error” messages and malware files on their computer, and gets them to install software allowing the scammer to access their files.

Even though Microsoft recently stated that only 183,000 had reported this type of scam to the company in 2017, that’s probably just a fraction of the number of people who get contacted; it’s a very common scam. Most tech-savvy people know that this is a scam and just hang up, but as with phishing scams, it only takes a few people to be tricked to make the scam worthwhile.

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