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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 122: Unrest In The Nest

Jan 24, 2019

It’s the end of the world as we know it — or at least, for one Californian family, that’s what it seemed like for about thirty minutes or so. Meanwhile, the police are leaking data all over the place online, but hey, at least Apple has a new raft of updates for all your favorite products to download and install. Those stories, and our thoughts on them, make …

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Checklist 121: On Checklist, TV Watches You!

With January slipping by quickly, are you back in the groove of all your usual life responsibilities? Are you perhaps enjoying your free time by taking advantage of all those new gadgets you got over Christmas, such as a brand-new TV? It may have some unsavory features you don’t know about lurking in the menus and settings — and speaking of settings, what better time of the year than to …

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Checklist 120: New Year Old Worries

It’s a new year — but some old worries have followed us into 2019, still lingering and causing some concerns. That means it’s time to shake off the last of the sleepiness still hanging around from the holidays and get back down to business. We have phishers making calls looking for info, more issues with troublesome apps that evaded Apple’s notice, and an update to the unfolding story about how …

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Checklist 119: Hacky Holidays!

The holidays are here — and so is the entire Checklist crew! On this week’s special holiday edition of the show, we’re veering into something new and fun. Rather than bringing you depressing stories about data breaches or the headlines about whatever Facebook’s latest follies may be, we’re sinking into the sofa with mugs of hot chocolate (and mini marshmallows, of course) for a holiday movie marathon. We aren’t flipping …

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Checklist 118: Australia Ruins Everything

With the New Year starting to peek over the horizon, The Checklist is heading to Oz in this week’s discussion — not in terms of “The Wizard of,” though, but “Australia!” There’s a story from Australia this week that has us quite cross, though we also have something to be happy about as Apple starts giving Safari users even more options for safety. We’ll follow that with an update on …

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Episode: SecureMac Celebrates Two Years of The Checklist Podcast

SecureMac Celebrates Two Years of The Checklist Podcast

Las Vegas, Nevada — With more than 118 episodes in the history books, SecureMac is proud to mark the passing of two years since the initial launch of The Checklist, a weekly privacy and security-focused podcast for users of iOS, macOS, and all things Apple. Hosted by Ken Ray, creator of the long-running and enduringly popular show Mac OS Ken, and SecureMac’s own founder Nicholas Raba, and lead developer Nicholas …

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Checklist 117: Once More Into the Breaches

As we get back into the groove of things in between the major holidays, the security hits keep on coming as it starts to look like there are more than just a few weeds in the “walled garden” that is the iOS App Store. Elsewhere, things aren’t always as they seem either as one of the most fundamental ways we know we’re safe on the web turns out to not …

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Checklist 116: It’s In The Mail

Welcome in to our post-Thanksgiving episode of The Checklist, brought to you by SecureMac.

Holiday weeks are typically where news goes to die — everyone shovels out the stories they don’t really want to talk about in the hopes that no one will notice, being instead too distracted by football and stuffing. Does it always work? Nope. Not when you’ve got people like us with their eyes peeled for …

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Checklist 115: A Cornucopia of Security Stuffing

We’re stuffed on security news this week, with a cornucopia of subjects to sort through in our discussion. We’ll be chatting about a major online retailer fumbling with some of your data just before the biggest shopping season of the year, as well as crypto-miners striking some surprising targets, and a founder of the Web as we know it trying to make the online world a better place. So, …

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Checklist 114: What’s the Internet for Again?

Welcome in to another episode of The Checklist, brought to you by SecureMac. We’re diving right into the headlines again today, looking first at a new improvement to Mac security, plus a couple of the more interesting stories floating around in the world of computer security this week. So, on our list for this week, we’ve got the following stories:

New Macs get physical with their mics
What’s the Internet for …

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Checklist 113: Security Breaks and Fixes in iOS

A slightly surprising slip-up on Apple’s part, a helpful security how-to, and an update on a persistent foe — that’s what we’re diving into this week as we tour the headlines and pluck out the security stories that seem most ripe for an interesting discussion. On today’s list, we’re checking off the following stories:

A bypass in Apple’s hours-old update
Scammy subscriptions, and how to stop them
And GrayKey is getting stuck …

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Checklist 112: Security as an Obstacle in Mojave

Last week, we brought you a discussion about some of the latest security and privacy features in Apple’s latest major release, macOS Mojave. Not everything is as it should be, though. Sure, Mojave is just fine for the average user – that’s the determination we made last week – but there are a few problems that have appeared in the days and weeks since its public release. This week, …

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Checklist 111: macOS Mojave

Say goodbye to High Sierra, and hello to Mojave! On September 24, Apple released the latest version of its core operating system, macOS, bringing with it not only many security improvements but also some new additions for online and offline privacy, as well. For those who tuned in to our in-depth look at the latest features in iOS 12, some of these will sound familiar due to the way …

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Checklist 110: Security and Privacy in iOS 12

It’s finally here! On September 17, Apple introduced iOS 12, the latest version of the operating system that makes our iPhones and iPads tick. Packed with a ton of new features, there’s more to iOS 12 than new Animojis and screen time monitoring services. Even a quick look reveals that it’s filled with all kinds of security goodies, too. In this week’s discussion, we’ve taken a deep dive into …

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Checklist 109: The Weakness is Wetware

Social engineering strikes again, the intersection of the digital world and constitutional law, and more — that’s the gist of the tour we’re taking around the headlines in today’s discussion. On our list for this week, we’ve got:

The Weakness is Wetware
Your Face and the Fifth Amendment
Questions About Last Week’s Wi-Fi Questions

We’re kicking off this week with a look at a story from Cult of Mac with a …

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Checklist 108: Hotel Wi-Fi How-To

This week on The Checklist, we’re going on vacation! No, wait — it’s a business trip. Maybe… the house is being fumigated! Whatever the reason is, we have to check into a hotel, leaving our home network behind. Good news, though: the hotel has free Wi-Fi for us to use! The bad news: we weren’t the ones to set up the security for the hotel’s wireless network. We don’t …

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Checklist 107: Newegg, Old Issues

This week, we’re looking at a slew of security issues, from a good old-fashioned data breach, to Apple’s latest way to make sure that the person using your device is really you! Those stories, plus a look at California’s attempts to rein in problems with the Internet of Things, will give us a glimpse into what’s going on in the world of security recently. On our checklist for today’s …

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Checklist 106: Breaking Down Breakdowns in the Mac App Store

This week, we’re taking a bit of a different approach to our show. Instead of presenting you with a list of topics and running down several separate stories, this week we’re focusing in on one major story that’s developed over the last week or two: breaches within Apple’s walled garden, the App Store. If you’ve heard disturbing stories about apps stealing your data and sending it off to China, …

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Checklist 105: Products and Byproducts

In this week’s discussion, we’re looking at some stories that strike a similar tone to several of our recent episodes. With Google figuring out how to use your spending habits to make money, spyware apps that end up being compromised, and a look at the web’s privacy-friendly search engine, we’ve got plenty to tackle today. Here’s what we’ve got on our list:

You’re still the product
Your kids are the byproduct
A …

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Checklist 104: Guess Again! And Again! And Again!

It might seem like we have a thousand new security issues to talk about each week — but if you’ve been listening for a while, you know that’s pretty much par for the course these days. This week we have a plethora of stories about telcos (and their partners) dropping the ball when it comes to user privacy, followed by yet another Facebook story that leaves us wondering “When …

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