Soon after Russia invaded Ukraine last February, the number of cyber attacks launched against both countries surged. Because targeted attacks against specific government entities are what usually makes the headlines, it’s easy to overlook the role we all play in today’s cyber warfare.
As we use our beloved iPhones to help us navigate our daily lives, we rely on a large number of apps, many of which send potentially sensitive information to remote servers. That’s usually not a problem except when the servers that the app is communicating with are located in Russia or Belarus, and the iOS version of SpyBuster by MacPaw is here to help you discover all apps on your device that do just that.
“In 2016, Russia adopted legislation that requires telecom providers to store private user data, including the content of voice calls, images, and text messages, for 6 months. It also orders them to retain metadata like sender and recipient information, sending time, and location, for 3 years,” explains Eugene Kalnyk, PR Specialist at MacPaw. “The so-called Yarovaya Law allows FSB and other Russian law enforcement agencies nearly unlimited access to any user data on Russian servers without a court order.”
SpyBuster debuted in March 2022 as a macOS privacy tool. It took MacPaw only three months to release it as a Chrome extension. With the recent release of the iOS version, users can finally protect their privacy everywhere — from desktop computers and laptops to the web to mobile devices.
Just like CleanMyMac X and other software applications developed by MacPaw, SpyBuster is designed to be user-friendly, and it shows through and through.
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When you launch SpyBuster, it automatically begins examining installed apps, looking for connections with Russia or Belarus. It then presents a list of suspicious apps, allowing you to see at a glance why the apps should be avoided. Less experienced users may also appreciate the inclusion of detailed uninstall instructions.
The settings section of the SpyBuster app lets you adjust your detection accuracy setting, which influences how many privacy offenses an app has to commit before being flagged as suspicious.
To learn more about SpyBuster, visit its official website, where you can find download links for iOS, macOS, and Chrome.
Emirates Airline To Invest $2 Billion On Major Upgrades
Emirates plans a huge retrofit on its fleet and an upgrade to the inflight experience.
Emirates Airline has just announced plans to improve its inflight experience for passengers. The carrier has budgeted $2 billion to refit the interiors of over 120 of its aircraft, aiming for a more modern aesthetic for cabins, along with better food choices, modern inflight entertainment options, and a significant service overhaul.
Emirates is well known for its premium service, so this overhaul is an ambitious decision, as many other airlines are trying their hardest to increase revenues and reduce costs.
“Emirates is flying against the grain and investing to deliver ever better experiences to our customers. Through the pandemic we’ve continued to launch new services and initiatives to ensure our customers travel with the assurance and ease, including digital initiatives to improve customer experiences on the ground. Now we’re rolling out a series of intensive programmes to take Emirates’ signature inflight experiences to the next level,” says Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline.
The investment aims to ensure Emirates stays on top form, with many of the upgrades scheduled to materialize quickly. For the physical refit, aircraft are scheduled to enter the Emirates Engineering Center in November. So what can passengers expect once work is complete? The most significant change will be to aircraft interiors, where flyers of all classes will immediately spot new flooring, paneling, and reupholstered seats.
As well as a physical overhaul, the airline plans to upgrade entertainment systems, adding a “Cinema in the Sky” experience, complete with a bespoke app. In addition, better meal choices will reflect changing dietary preferences, including a new vegan menu and a nod to sustainability — though there will remain a strong luxury vibe to the proceedings, as the company has entered an exclusive agreement to offer Dom Perignon vintage champagne on board, as well as delicacies such as Persian caviar.
Though many of the improvements may seem trivial, Emirates is hoping that along with a huge cabin overhaul, their overall flight experience will continue to make travel a pleasurable experience, elevating their service above the competition.