Cyber Security News & Tips by Glenda R. Snodgrass for The Net Effect
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May 9, 2023

Good morning, everyone!

Apple users, did you get your first "Rapid Security Response" update this week?

I did! Both my phones buzzed me on Monday. I was hesitant to hit "update now" because I was about to walk out the door, but it seemed important, so I did. And it was a fast update! I was super pleased. Took just a minute or two. If you haven't gotten yours yet, do so now! (iOS 16 and macOS 13 only, at least this time)

Apple created the Rapid Security Response program to enable quick fixes for security issues that are really bad and/or being actively exploited. The idea was to release security fixes independently of new feature releases, so users will get the fixes sooner. Great idea, IMO!

Google launches support for passkeys

Google recently announced support for passkeys on personal accounts (it's not being rolled out to business accounts just yet, but it will). What is a passkey? It's a way of securly logging into a website without using a password!

How does it work? Each device has to be registered with the online account. This creates a file on the device that is sent to the website (using strong end-to-end encryption) each time you need to be authenticated. So all you have to do is unlock or log into your device, and you have access to online accounts without having to type in a password and a 2FA token. Many hope that this technology will be widely adopted and spell the end of passwords altogether. (Not recommended on shared devices.)

Apple & Google working together against unwanted location trackers

I'm sure you've read stories of Air Tags used by stalkers, which is pretty horrifying. Apple added in anti-tracking features, but they can be bypassed with Air Tag clones

The new initiative by Apple and Google is working on an industry-wide standard for Bluetooth that will enable detection of unauthorized tracking AND alerts across both Apple and Android phones. I wish they had done this before putting out the tracking devices in the first place, but better late than never, right?

Stay safe online this (and every) week!

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Have a great week!

Glenda R. Snodgrass

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