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US Gov't Issues Alert About iOS "Masque Attack" Threat

Rosyna Re:I don't get it... (98 comments)

All of those hoops are removed if the app is signed by an Apple 'enterprise deployment' certificate. Someone anyone can get just by asking.

No, those are all the hoops you have to go through to accept the "enterprise deployment" certificate profile the first time, then accept the app launching the first time. Also, the phone needs to be unlocked to accept any of these dialogs.

But then Apple can just revoke the cert (which it did for WireLurker) and blacklist the malware on the Mac side (which it also did for WireLurker).

about two weeks ago
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Apple Releases iMessage Deregistration Utility

Rosyna Re:It's all about the Phone Number ID (136 comments)

The real issue is that you can't opt out of automatically having your phone number become and account/id in iMessage.

I want to use iMessage on my iPhone, but only with regular iCloud accounts, not with the phone number being used to create an account.

Unfortunately, the iOS team doesn't give the user that option.

The option is given when you set up a device for iMessage. It explicitly asks how you want to be contacted. By number, by email(s)/AppleIDs, or all of the above

about three weeks ago
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Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys

Rosyna More secure than cards (150 comments)

With an active CPU behind it, certainly this system can be more secure than the current card system. Also means much less chance of leaving the card in the room and less money spent replacing lost cards.

about three weeks ago
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Sale of IBM's Chip-Making Business To GlobalFoundries To Get US Security Review

Rosyna Re:Abu Dubai???? (95 comments)

The quote was from the retired Brig. General himself. He got the two cities confused.

And we all know neither Abu Dhabi nor Dubai are in Canada. I don't know why it was necessary to point that out.

about a month ago
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China Staging a Nationwide Attack On iCloud and Microsoft Accounts

Rosyna Re:Popular US browsers will warm, Chinese ones won (109 comments)

Forgot to mention that enabling 2FA in China may be useless if they can also intercept the messages and do a replay attack.

about a month ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Rosyna Re:Some are innocent, others are indeed bad (313 comments)

Some are indeed bad, like the streaming of Safari/Spotlight chars to Apple with suggestions turned off.

It does not stream the chars to Apple if the option is off, Landon just forgot to disable the option in Safari and Spotlight.

about a month ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Rosyna Re:That's absurd, aim your hate cannon elsewhere. (313 comments)

TFA is about Yosemite's collection.

And the people that sued Apple tend to just sue companies over the Zip issue hoping for a payout. But previous courts have found that asking for the ZIP code before purchase does not constitute personally identifiable information not associated with the credit card transaction. (It's wrong if they ask for the ZIP after the transaction has been completed, but not before)

about a month ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Rosyna Re:Yay :D (313 comments)

TFA specifically notes that the behavior described was observed with all visible 'privacy' settings adjusted. Presumably the story is even cheerier if those aren't switched off.

He only disabled Spotlight Suggestions in the Spotlight preferences, he did not disable it for Safari, which is in the Safari preferences, right next to the search engine preference.

  (Because you may not want Spotlight sending strings to Apple when searching for files on the computer, but you may not care if you are only searching the internets via safari).

about a month ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Rosyna Re:If you want results from the web (313 comments)

Still, this one should be tested. Does it send a string when Spotlight Suggestions are turned off in Safari as well? We won't know until somebody tries it.

No, it does not.

about a month ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Rosyna Re:If you want results from the web (313 comments)

Still, do you think that they changed the search engine, left all those options for smart search on, then went to the OS setting for spotlight and turned that off, then sounded the alarm? Would seem a bit like manufactured outrage to me, but I suppose it's not impossible.

Yes, yes, that is what I think Landon did.

about a month ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Rosyna Re:That's absurd, aim your hate cannon elsewhere. (313 comments)

They don't make money by selling user information to third parties or by selling ads,

Funny, Apple has this thing called iAd where you pay Apple to place targeted ads, and it's currently being sued for selling user info to 3rd parties. Are these activities Apple's primary revenue model? No, but they are part of the revenue stream nevertheless.

iAd is only for iOS Devices (not Yosemite) and your second link is extremely misleading. They're being sued for asking customers that purchase high priced items for their zip code as an additional form of data to verify with the credit card processor to prevent fraudulent transactions. Maybe merchants that have a high amount of fraud do this type of verification.

about a month ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Rosyna Re:If you want results from the web (313 comments)

Because then you are sending a lot of requests to random domains that may not be designed to handle the traffic? And a lot, a hell of a lot of mail servers out there for common email services use legacy mail servers not related to the domain of the email address (because the mail servers were set up before that particular email domain became popular).

Super quick example, if you have a @windowslive.com email address, the IMAP server is imap-mail.outlook.com. The Exchange ActiveSync server is s.outlook.com. Neither one would be found but your suggestion of randomly hitting subdomains.

There is actually an included list of common Mail Servers and common mail configurations. Mail.app only sends the domain when the domain is not on the list or the configuration fails. It also means that if enough users look for a domain, Apple can immediately include the information without waiting for an update.

Have you ever done tech support for email problems before? It's a nightmare. Anything to help the user is best.

about a month ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Rosyna Re:If you want results from the web (313 comments)

He turned off Spotlight suggestions for Spotlight, not Spotlight suggestions in Safari.

(Because you may not want Spotlight sending strings to Apple when searching for files on the computer, but you may not care if you are only searching the internets via safari).

about a month ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Rosyna Re:If you want results from the web (313 comments)

They specifically said they turned off Spotlight suggestions.

No, he said he turned off Spotlight suggestions in Spotlight. Not Spotlight suggestions in Safari. (Because you may not want Spotlight sending strings to Apple when searching for files on the computer, but you may not care if you are only searching the internets via safari).

Even if that were not so, changing search engine should never mean you have to find another configuration option to turn off the old search engine. That's just wrong.

It's in the same window!

about a month ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Rosyna Re:Diagnostics and Usage Data is opt-out (313 comments)

It is not on by default. It's an option shown in the setup assistant. Shown after you first install Yosemite. The option in the setup assistant then sets those options in the Security prefpane. I'm not sure why Siracusa said they are on by default. Maybe since he's been using the beta for so long (since June), he forgot the option was in the Setup Assistant (since the Setup assistant is only shown on first major upgrade)

about a month ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Rosyna Re:If you want results from the web (313 comments)

Or why when setting up an email account does the mail app send the domain name you enter to apple?

It's part of the automatic configuration settings. When you first set up a new email address using "Add other Mail Account" in Mail.app, it just asks your for your name, email address, and the password for the account. It then sends the domain to Apple to get the imap/pop3/smtp servers and other configuration information for that domain, if it is available, so the user doesn't have to enter them all separately. It's part of a good UI.

about a month ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Rosyna Re:If you want results from the web (313 comments)

Oh, I read it. But you didn't read my response to your other comment, which was,

Even if you change search engines in safari, it doesn't disable Spotlight suggestions in Safari. That's a separate checkbox in the Search tab in the Safari preferences. (There are a bunch of options in the Search preferences in Safari)

Searching maps is part of Spotlight suggestions

about a month ago

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