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Is macOS `prefPane` app possible containing virus?

In theory, yes. A bad actor could create a malicious preference pane bundle for macOS. In practice, this is unlikely. If you do not trust the developer and distributor of a piece of software, do not ...
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Apple Pay Security

I would do precisely what Apple recommends if you lose your device and have Apple Pay enabled - suspend it. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203027 Your credit, debit, and prepaid cards will be ...
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Apple Pay Security

Apple Pay is secured by Face ID/Touch ID and your password. Either of these things generally grant access to Apple Pay. If your device is stolen, you should use Find My iPhone on iCloud.com to place ...
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How to turn on stolen device protection but do not allow iphone to be unlocked without a passcode

No - this isn’t possible today. You have to enable Touch ID or Face ID before Stolen Device Protection can be enabled. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT212510 (Stolen Device Protection)
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Is macOS `prefPane` app possible containing virus?

I'm the author of Cursorcerer and I can assure you that it is a safe app. I've been maintaining it since 2007 and it is used by many, many users across all the various versions of MacOS that have been ...
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Using Stolen Device Protection to protect photos

Stolen Device Protection only protects the key logins/passwords as defined by Apple (mainly your AppleID), it can’t be used to protect other data elements.
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Creating a disk image from folder vs. Creating a blank disk image

When making a "Create a disk image from a folder or connected device", the amount of available space is slightly larger than the space used by the folder. I was unable to change the size of ...
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1 vote

App and Terminal Isolation / Sandboxing

There seems to be something called sandbox-exec which accepts a "seat-belt" file .sb which is a set of permissions regarding what the app or script can access. Where I found out about this: ...
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How-To export all "Keychain Access" passwords into plain text / search for specific (compromised) passwords

System Settings Check the Security Recommendations for your credentials in System Settings on macOS 14. This should list compromised entries. The ▼ … button within System Settings > Passwords ...
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Is it possible to remove activation lock on a 2022 Mac Studio?

Apple can remove activation lock as part of their support process. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201441 If you need help removing Activation Lock and have proof of purchase documentation, you ...
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Search iCloud keychain for all accounts that use a specific password

iCloud Keychain has notifications for duplicate passwords. If you identity (or create) an entry with the password you are concerned about, you will receive a list of duplicates. Navigate to your ...
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