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How can we restore Apple silicon Mac hardware on networks secured in an enterprise environment?

Is there some way to do a full IPSW restore in an enterprise environment? In our case this means no DHCP and behind a proxy. Other machines all have a fixed IP and proxy certificate installed. But ...
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Any way to access Startup Security Utility when Internal SSD dead/corrupt?

We have a 2018 MBP business laptop with an SSD that's died. The support company have declared it is dead and recommended recycling it. I'd very much like to get it booting from an external SSH. FYI: ...
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Face ID no longer works after activating Stolen Device Protection

The Face ID feature on my Apple iPhone 12 Pro no longer works after activating Stolen Device Protection. I can't even reset face ID in security settings either. According to Apple website: When ...
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Proper value for com.apple.quarantine on 14.4.1

I’m running into an issue on macOS Sonoma 14.4.1 relating to file quarantine xattr -w com.apple.quarantine true uTorrent\ Web When I write quarantine metadata to a this file, it results in utorrent ...
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How to limit `set-key-partition-list` to one certificate

TLDR: How can I find make security set-key-partition-list run against a single entry, rather than everything in the keystore? I was facing issues with a cipher mismatch with an dotnet/aspnet app and ...
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Are some apps always linked to iCloud.com via a SharedWebCredentials Library in its code?

I found that some apps contain a Library named SharedWebCredentials which contains the config json files that seem to always enable linking to iCloud. I am using Sonoma 14.5. These apps include FindMy,...
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Unlocking new Mac not working with Apple Watch

I've grown accustomed to the convenience of being able to unlock my MacBook Pro with my Apple Watch, but I just got a new Mac Mini, and no matter what I do, it is not unlocking it for me. I have ...
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How to disable clamshell mode behaviour? Force machine lock on lid close

90% of the time I work with my macbook connected to a screen. I want my macbook to go to preferably lock, but will settle for sleep, when I close it. I don't care if it is doing anything, if I close ...
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Settings for access to Files & Folders are ignored?

Recently after updating an app (Watchman's watchman, using Homebrew) is behaving like it no longer has access to Files & Folders, despite the fact that I have given it access in Security settings. ...
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How to Secure erase files in OS X without moving the files into trash?

My Question is I want to erase a file in OS X Securely (like the function of "Secure Empty Trash") so that, the file cannot be recovered by using recovery tools. I don't want to empty the ...
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Allow every new AirPort network password access for my application

I made a CLI wifi that generates a QR-Code of the current wifi to connect with other devices. This CLI uses the next command: security find-generic-password -a "$NETWORK" -D 'AirPort network ...
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Disallow clicking on links in email messages in Mail on macOS?

To protect from malicious emails I would like to disable all hyperlinks in received email messages in Apple Mail on macOS. I know to not click on links in mail messages, but I'd like to make it ...
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How to diagnose a dialog box that flashes up unpredictably, at irregular intervals, too fast to read contents?

Over the last couple of days, I’ve repeatedly had a dialog box appear for a fraction of a second and then disappear, much too quickly to read the contents. It’s happened maybe 4 or 5 times so far; it ...
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"Security Settings prevented XYZ Software from Loading" windows has not option to close

I am trying to install a software for a graphical tablet called Wacom. On restarting my laptop after installing its device drivers, I see a warning on my desktop saying "Security Settings ...
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How do I "toggle" macOS Sonoma Security/Features OFF/ON so I can use the full functionality of the `security` command?

I'm working on a script to import numerous Certs (Like 50) into System.keychain. macOS Sonoma Security Features are preventing the security command from fully working. Note: Intune MDM Trusted Cert ...
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How do bulk update outdated passwords in iCloud Keychain?

In the past, I moved to using Bitwarden, because Chrome stopped natively supporting iCloud Keychain and I needed something that would work on all devices. Now I'm using Arc Browser, which does seem to ...
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What steps can I take to track down what is trying to gain sudo access?

I now have a prompt that recurs every 30s wanting me to allow running some unknown sudo script. The prompt is a macos builtin prompt that takes the center of the screen and can lose focus but can't be ...
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How can I enable DVD or CD Sharing with the Firewall on?

I'm trying to enable "DVD or CD Sharing" in the System Preferences. When I enable it, it says that the Firewall is blocking it. If I go into the Security > Firewall settings, I see that the first item ...
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Does Apple's new Password Manager work with 2FA QR codes? [closed]

Today I use Dashlane's family plan, which suits me well, but it comes with a cost. I read in the announcement that Apple's password manager supports QR codes, which makes me understand that it's ...
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Important Carrier Message "Unlock iPhone to view message"

Yesterday I made an update to the latest iOS version. Now I have to unlock the phone to enter the passcode for Mobile ID (2FA authentication). Before the update, I could enter the Mobile ID passcode ...
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Open anyway for not verified app not working despite being unlocked

Open anyway for not verified app not working despite being unlocked. Any help is much appreciated
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iPhone app side loading? [closed]

I saw on the news recently, that due to a ruling in the European Union, Apple would be forced to allow third party app installation, outside of the official App Store. To sideload on iPhone it seems ...
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Why does code-signing identity look revoked when using SSH, but good when using Terminal app?

Problem If I SSH to the mac remotely from another computer, then view valid code-signing identities, I get CSSMERR_TP_CERT_REVOKED, as seen below. # executing remotely in an ssh session % security ...
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Which iPhones can be found when powered off?

I have a question about lost and stolen iPhones. My understanding is, should an iPhone get lost or stolen, the owner can use Find my iPhone to track the location and recover it. Certain iPhones have ...
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Listing all applications that are actively listening through audio inputs

I would like to know if there is any way to use terminal to list all active applications that are listening to audio devices (built in microphones, usb mics, etc) via terminal. I already know about ...
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MacOS Recovery Mode Risk

(A related question was previously posted in the Asahi Linux forum, I didn't get an answer there; see https://discussion.fedoraproject.org/t/question-and-worries-about-wipe-linux-in-recovery-mode/...
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ATT internet service incompatible with Macbook email

My elderly neighbor is having trouble with email on a new macBook. Internet service is from AT&T in California. ATT apparently farmed out personal email service to Yahoo. So when you receive or ...
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How can I see all applications I gave security permissions in the past?

MacOS Venture: 13 I am going through my Mac right now, cleaning it up doing some general security checks and what not. Throughout the years I've downloaded many applications, software, libraries etc ...
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Mac Pro with Startup Security Utility

hi I am trying to remove or disable Startup Security Utility in terminal, does anyone know any commands that can do this so I can reinstall from an external device, for some reason internet recovery ...
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Grant permissions from the command line

I want to grant a permission to an application (Cliclick, needs permission to control the computer), but currently only have ssh access to the machine I'd like to do this on. Is there any way to ...
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Work email under iPhone’s settings> messages > send and receive

Why is my work address included as an account under my personal phone under settings>messages> send and receive? Does this mean my employer can see my personal text messages? How did work email ...
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How can I tell my risk when I detect Malware In Safari cache?

I was browsing a finance site when I got an alert from my third-party antivirus, now this was NOT a popup on the webpage (fake tech support) or a recommendation via MacOS. My antivirus had actually ...
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No Administrator Account Found: Recovery Mode

So here’s the deal. I recently cloned my internal drive to a 1TB external SSD using SuperDuper!. It worked great, allowing me to boot into it, do everything I need to. However, today, I went to ...
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iCloud Hacked and trusted number changed - is there anything I can do?

Note: This might be more of a rant than a question, but I'd still appreciate advice. I have a dual SIM phone. All of a sudden, the eSIM (personal line) kept getting calls on loop from a number saying ...
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Resigned from a job, they are now asking me for my personal Apple ID and password to remove Activation Lock - does this make sense?

So at the start of my most recent job, when setting up my work MacBook they suggested I use my personal Apple ID and password. I went ahead and did this even though I felt uneasy (a mistake, I know). ...
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If a hacker succeeds in using my Apple ID to log his device into my iCloud account, can he spy on my devices well enough to hack into my web accounts? [closed]

I ask, assuming the latest versions of iOS and MacOS. Can he capture keystrokes created on my devices? Can he access my Google, Yahoo, etc website accounts if I'm logged into those sites, assuming he ...
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Can thieves with a stolen Macbook (non-M1) and corresponding AppleID iCloud password retrieve keychain and chrome passwords from the Mac?

Girlfriend's MacBook was stolen, and she fell into their phishing trap and gave them her iCloud password (changed less than 15 minutes later, and luckily different from her login password). Next, the ...
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Can't add a certificate to iCloud keychain

I generated a certificate with developer.apple.com for publishing my app in Apple App Store and downloaded .cer file. Doubly clicked on .cer file, selected "System" at the bottom-right ...
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How could you add a site to HSTS list on MacOS

Say you have a bank site that you want safari to go to always by https rather than http. How could you pin that site to https if you are too lazy to type https:// prefix manually? Alternative/shorter ...
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Can I prevent turning wifi off or entering airplane mode on an unlocked iPhone?

My concern is robbery with a thief grabbing my unlocked iPhone and running away with my device out of my control. The first thing the thief should do is to put the phone in airplane mode to prevent ...
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`wants to make changes` dialog

Occasionally an app pops up a dialog like the one pictured. Some questions regarding it. Is it true that an app that I launch has the same permissions as me? So why does it ask me for my credentials?...
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Should ordinary web users somehow implement end-to-end protection of their DNS requests? [closed]

I've read that, when browsers send website requests, the DNS lookup part of the request is not encrypted, and is therefore a security vulnerability. Also, I'm aware that routers have DNS settings, ...
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Change login timeout period?

When a user fails to enter a password they receive an increasingly long delay between login attempts. By default it seems this retry failure increases to rather unergonomic values, for example you can ...
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How to remove scam sites from the actual LIST on Notifications?

Here's a typical scam site where I must have accidentally clicked yes on the notifications scam panel: It's easy to click "off", but how do you literally remove the items from that list?
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Is there a valid reason why Canon's webcam plugin asks to scan my external drives?

Two days ago, I installed Canon's software to use my DSLR as a webcam, using the link I found on this page. The installer required me to override MacOS' security settings. I did so, thinking that it ...
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How do I allow the logger command to run using non superuser (sudo) privileges?

I've been trying to run the logger command in terminal but it only works with sudo. How do I allow it to work in terminal without the sudo command? I'm trying to run the logger command from ...
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Process are still alive after closing session

I have installed a fresh new MacBook. There are no third party applications. I have created 2 users: user1 and user2. I can switch from user1 to user2 sessions. I have closed user1 session. I have ...
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Why are CPU fans running on my MacBook Pro 15" full blast while my laptop has just booted up and waiting at the login screen?

I know a lot of people have problems with the MacBook Pro's CPU fan running super loud and IMO the Activity Monitor is less than unreliable in telling what's really causing it… but let's check what ...
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Disabling Thunderbolt-related kernel extensions in the SSV on Big Sur (Random Crashes 2015 Retina MacBook Pro)

EDIT: Do not do this. This created a startup error that has now forced me to reinstall my OS from Internet Recovery. I'm one of a number of MacBook Pro users unfortunately plagued by a longstanding ...
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pmset: Error 0xe00002db cancelling all scheduled events [duplicate]

I get the following behavior on my mac. > sudo pmset schedule cancelall pmset: Error 0xe00002db cancelling all scheduled events > sudo pmset schedule cancel wake '04/13/2024 09:27:02' pmset: ...

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