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The Checklist Podcast

SecureMac presents The Checklist. Each week, Nicholas Raba, Nicholas Ptacek, and Ken Ray hit security topics for your Mac and iOS devices. From getting an old iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, and other Apple gear ready to sell to the first steps to take to secure new hardware, each show contains a set of easy to follow steps meant to keep you safe from identity thieves, hackers, malware, and other digital downfalls. Check in each Thursday for a new Checklist!

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Checklist 204: Cybercrime and the 2020 Election

The 2020 U.S. elections are just days away, and cybercriminals — some motivated by politics, others by financial gain — are stepping up their attacks. We’ll let you know what’s happening on this edition of the Checklist.

Voter intimidation emails attributed to Iran

We’ve talked before about the issue of foreign adversaries attempting to interfere with the upcoming U.S. elections, but this week a disturbing new development came to light. 

According to the …

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Checklist 203: T2, Revisited Plus an Actual Checklist

On this week’s Checklist, we’ll cover:

How Macs are perceived in the enterpriseAn addendum to last week’s T2 storyA checklist of security tips from the NCSA

Survey says…

Do you feel like your Mac is the best choice for security? You’re not alone.

A recent survey conducted by enterprise software management platform Jamf asked businesses—both ones that used Macs and ones that didn’t—what they thought about the Mac in terms of security.

Across the board, …

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Checklist 202: The T2 Vulnerability with Patrick Wardle

This week’s big news: an “unpatchable” hardware vulnerability affecting Apple’s T2 security chip! But how serious is it, really? We spoke with Mac security expert Patrick Wardle to separate the facts from the clickbait headlines. We’ll cover:

the technical backgroundwho’s impacted (and what they can do)

Parsing the T2 story

The Apple security community was abuzz this week with news of an unpatchable vulnerability in the T2 security chip found in newer Macs.

To …

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Checklist 197: Staring at the Cloud with Dominique West

On this Checklist, we talk with cloud security expert Dominique West. The conversation covers career paths in infosec, today’s changing threat landscape, common misconceptions about cloud security, and the importance of community to the industry.

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Checklist WWDC20 Outtake

We’re bringing you a WWDC outtake: an off-the-cuff, practically off-mic discussion of WWDCs past — as well as the roles Apple execs play.

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Checklist 193: A Look at Apple Silicon with Nick Leon

Starting this year, Apple will begin making its own, ARM-based processors for the Mac. In this episode of The Checklist, we take a look at the background to this change, as well as what it means for Mac users:

Intel vs ARMApple Silicon Macs and performanceApple Silicon Macs and security

Goodbye Intel, Hello ARM

When Apple announced their move from the Intel to the ARM processor architecture, it was clearly big news. But …

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Checklist 192: Twitter Hack 2020

A week behind us, the great Twitter hack is still unfolding. We’ll look at what we think we know so far and why the hack itself matters on this edition of The Checklist, brought to you by SecureMac.

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Checklist 191: TikTok Talk with Patrick Wardle

TikTok. Harmless fun? Or existential threat to the United States? The answer you get depends on who you ask. This week we have a special guest to help us discuss the question in depth — and we’ll get into the larger issues with apps, user data, and digital privacy.

TikTok, apps, and your privacy

In recent weeks, the popular video-sharing app TikTok has made headlines for its practice of monitoring iOS pasteboard …

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Checklist 189: WWDC20 and the Mac

On this week’s Checklist, we cover the biggest Mac news to come out of Apple’s 2020 Worldwide Developer Conference, including a new macOS and Safari, a new processor for Macs and a new way to log in to websites.

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Best of the Checklist: June 18th, 2020

The Checklist will return next week with coverage of WWDC 2020. In the meantime, we’ll catch you up on the latest cybersecurity news — and share several Checklists from the archives that shed light on these stories.

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