Security

YubiKey smart card login with Open Directory

  Yubico sells Mac-compatible USB authentication keys for two-factor authentication. Its YubiKeys support a slew of authentication mechanisms. I just started working with their FIPS-validated key for one of my clients. Yubico’s… Read more »

Frequently encountered issues with Macs

  While my regular clients hire MacMaven for IT and information security work, I often get calls from new clients with computing problems. An analogy could be made with plumbing…. Read more »

CISO vs Director of Information Security

  Companies that require information security leadership typically hire someone in a CISO or Director of Information Security position. You might be wondering what the differences are between these security… Read more »

Messages in iCloud considerations

  In the latest versions of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, you now have the option of storing your iMessages in iCloud. There are two benefits. First, your messages… Read more »

Don’t store passwords or other sensitive data in the Contacts app

  In light of the recent Facebook data harvesting incident, I took a closer look at developer access to the Contacts app in macOS and iOS. The first time you… Read more »

Should I know my employees’ passwords?

  If you’re a business owner or manager, you might feel that it’s your duty to maintain a list of your employees’ passwords. After all, you might need access to… Read more »

Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities

  It’s now more important than ever to keep your Macs and iOS devices fully updated. Apple has addressed the Meltdown vulnerability in High Sierra 10.13.2. A supplemental update to… Read more »

Two-factor authentication

  If you’ve been putting off enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) on your internet accounts, you shouldn’t. 2FA is one of the simplest and quickest ways to protect your online presence…. Read more »

Security Through Obscurity

  Tomorrow Apple is holding its big media event to debut the new iPhone, Apple TV, and Apple Watch. Unfortunately, the details of these products were leaked. According to John… Read more »

Backup strategy for Mac ransomware

  Macs are not immune to ransomware. The first functional Mac ransomware was found in the wild last year. A good backup strategy is critical if you’re hit with this… Read more »