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Apple released iOS 13 for iPhone Thursday, September 27. Here are a few highlights you were waiting for.

  • Better performance
  • Dark mode – This is an alternative color scheme designed to reduce eye strain. It can be triggered manually or be set up to adjust on a schedule (dusk-to-dawn, for example). Many app developers have added dark mode to their applications.
  • Swipe keyboard – I have tried every app on the market thus far, but this one is the winner, and it’s finally free.
  • Betters maps – Maps now have Lookaround, Apple’s version of Google’s Street View. The newly added ETA feature not only shares your ETA with friends and family but also updates them if you are delayed in traffic. How cool is that?
  • Better messages – Users can now design custom emojis with new memojis and Animojis.
  • Enhanced photos – More customizations that you used to have to pay for in other applications are now included.
  • Security and privacy – Sign in with Apple is Apple’s answer to Federated Login. Why is this a big deal? As app developers adopt Apple’s ecosystem, you will be able to sign in with Apple to other applications. It’s different from signing in with Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. because Apple will never share your email address with the vendor. Instead, it will generate a random email address (i.e., nds6s48hghy@privaterelay.appleid.com) uniquely linked to your Apple ID. When you uninstall the application or disconnect the link, the email alias goes away, so no spamming ever. Explore more features here: https://www.apple.com/ios/ios-13/

Have you seen a breach lately?

Reverse Logistics Association (rla.org) is the latest victim in the compromise of 246,968 passwords and email addresses.

In other news:

Minehut, the hosting service for Minecraft, lost 394,326 email addresses.

A security researcher discovered an exposed server containing 87,522,755 Facebook IDs and phone numbers. Stay alert for any Facebook-related SMS scams. And change your password, always a good idea after any suspected or confirmed compromise.

Everything else

Every day I see more and more supporting evidence for good security hygiene. Here are some simple ways to help protect your accounts.

  • Keep a unique password for every service you use. You never know who will lose your data and when. A password manager can help.
  • Set up Multifactor Authentication (MFA) wherever you can. That code is what stands between your bank account and the hacker.
  • Change your existing passwords frequently (every three months). Again, you never know who will lose it and when. Password managers can do this for you.
  • Give as little information about yourself as you possibly can to the cloud vendor. You never know when they will lose it.

Be safe in this cyber shark-infested world.

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