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iOS 12 trick that allows you to passcode-protect apps

iOS doesn't give a direct way to passcode access to apps, but by using the Screen Time feature we can pull off something that is workable. Bear in mind that this trick does have limitations, so you might want to read on before making changes to your iPhone. This trick only works for devices running iOS 12, and also works for iPads.

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Zeroday exploit prices are higher than ever, especially for iOS and messaging apps

Enlarge / iPhones are seen at an Apple Store in Tianjin, China. (credit: Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images ) spacThe prices for James Bond-style hacks keep growing, especially for those that hijack iPhones and secure messaging apps. It's the latest sign that governments and police forces around the world are as eager as ever to exploit software that's becoming ever more difficult to compromise. On Monday, market-leading exploit broker Zerodium said it would pay up to $2 million for zero-click jailbreaks of Apple's iOS, $1.5 million for one-click iOS jailbreaks, and $1 million for exploits that take over secure messaging apps WhatsApp and iMessage. Previously, Zerodium was offering $1.5 million, $1 million, and $500,000 for the same types of exploits respectively. The steeper prices indicate not only that the demand for these exploits continues to grow, but also that reliably compromising these targets is becoming increasingly hard. "I think one conclusion is that targets are getting harder to exploit," Patrick Wardle, a former hacker for the National Security Agency and now a cofounder of Digital Security, told Ars. "But also another is that there is now a higher demand for exploits." He continued: Read 8 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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iOS apps used Touch ID feature to trick users into paying hefty fees

Enlarge / Images displayed by the Fitness Balance app in Apple's App Store. (credit: Eset ) Apple’s App Store has given the boot to two highly rated apps that abused the iOS Touch ID feature in an attempt to swindle users out of sums of more than $100, users on Reddit reported over the weekend. The offending “Fitness Balance app” and “Calories Tracker app” promised to calculate body mass index, monitor calorie intake, and provide other health-related services. With no advanced warning, according to Reddit posts here and here , the apps charged users fees of $99.99, $119, or 139 Euros, depending on the country of the user. Users who had a credit or debit card connected to their Apple account were immediately billed. The scam worked by displaying a message as soon as the app was opened. It told users to scan their fingerprint to view a calorie tracker or receive another personal service. When users complied, the apps displayed a popup window that said they had been charged a fee. Less than two seconds later, the popup disappeared, but by then it was too late for many users. Anyone with a card linked to their Apple account was already charged. Read 3 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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