Weekly Tech Wrap-Up 9-9-2023, a week in which Apple’s iOS and macOS zero-day patches, password-stealing Chrome extensions, apps that support passkeys, and Notion tips captivated our readers the most. Today, we look back at this week’s ten most engaging articles from the Tech Help Knowledgebase social media feeds. We order the summaries below by user engagement — the stories our users interacted with the most. Articles are in descending order, with the most engaging story first. Our human-curated social media feeds include links to technology news, how-to and help articles, and video tutorials for common issues.
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Top 10 Most Engaging Stories This Week
Apple has released emergency security updates for iOS and macOS to address two zero-day vulnerabilities. The vulnerabilities, tracked as CVE-2023-28206 and CVE-2023-28205, affect the IOSurfaceAccelerator component and WebKit. An exploited malicious application could execute code with kernel privileges or gain arbitrary code execution by luring the targeted user to a malicious website. Google’s Threat Analysis Group and Amnesty International’s Security Lab reported the vulnerabilities to Apple. Commercial spyware vendors likely exploited the security holes to target government officials and activists.
Researchers created a proof-of-concept Chrome extension capable of stealing plaintext passwords from the HTML source of any website. The extension could steal passwords from sites like Gmail, Amazon, and Facebook. Users should be careful about which Chrome extensions they install and only install extensions from trusted sources. They should also regularly check their browser extensions for updates and remove unused extensions.
Passkeys replace traditional passwords with a more secure and convenient way to sign in to websites and apps. They are still in the early stages of adoption, but a number of popular apps and services already support them. Passkeys are more secure than traditional passwords because they are not stored on a remote server. Instead, they are only stored on your device and in the biometric authentication system, making them much more difficult to hack.
Notion is a versatile productivity app used for a variety of tasks, from taking notes to managing projects. With some creativity, you can use Notion to organize your life and work in a way that is both efficient and effective.
The keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+T (or Command+Shift+T on Mac) is a handy way to reopen a closed tab in your web browser if you accidentally close a tab or if you want to revisit a tab that you closed a while ago. Use the shortcut while in your web browser, and the last closed tab will reopen. Press the shortcut multiple times to reopen multiple tabs.
Apple has released iOS 16.6.1, a minor update that brings important security fixes for iPhone users. The update addresses two actively exploited zero-day vulnerabilities. One vulnerability affects the IOSurfaceAccelerator component, and the other vulnerability affects WebKit. iOS 16.6.1 also fixes many other security issues.
Flipper Zero is a popular and cheap hacking tool. Hackers use it to spam nearby iPhones with annoying pop-ups prompting users to connect to a nearby malicious Apple device. The security researchers who demonstrated the ability to spam iPhones with the Flipper Zero said they did not intend to create a tool that would annoy people. They were instead trying to raise awareness of the security risks posed by Bluetooth devices.
Apple has confirmed that the iPhone XS and later models will run the upcoming iOS 17 update. The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X will not support the new operating system. The iOS 17 update will bring a number of new features and improvements to the iPhone, including a new Lock Screen, new Live Text features, and new ways to interact with apps.
Google has delayed the release of Android 14. The delay reportedly came at the last minute. The new launch date may arrive on October 4. Google originally scheduled the release of the Android 14 source code for September 5, 2023. The reason for the delay is not yet known, but it is possible that Google is still working on some bugs or features.
Vivaldi is a Chromium-based web browser known for its customization options and productivity features. It has some unique features that set it apart from other browsers. This article lists five reasons why Vivaldi is one of the best web browsers.
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