Essential Apple Podcast 210: Glenn Fleishman (and miserable malware news)

Recorded 21st February 2021

Glenn Fleishmann joins Simon and Steve from Geeks Corner to talk about his new book Take Control of Securing Your Mac, Macs, Malware, Betas, Bugs and more.


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On this week’s show


  • Glenn Fleishman is a veteran technology writer who has contributed to dozens of publications across his career, including Macworld, Fast Company, and Increment. He has also written dozens of editions of books in the Take Control series. He is currently building 100 tiny type museums full of real printing artifacts.
  • Glenn’s Tiny Type Museum (
  • @GlennF ( on Twitter


  • Runs the Geeks Corner website
  • Produces the Geeks Corner podcast
  • @GeekCorner_uk on Twitter


  • Apple fixes macOS Big Sur bug that caused irretrievable data loss – IT Pro
  • Apple’s M1 is already the target of Apple Silicon malware – Slash Gear
  • Apple to support winter storm relief efforts in Texas, other US states – Apple Insider
  • New malware found on 30,000 Macs has security pros stumped — Ars Technica
  • Chromecast with Google TV now supports Apple TV app, Apple TV+ – Apple Insider
  • annoying bug in my Safari Technology Preview – it doesn’t retain the pinned tabs, every time I close the window or quit the browser my pinned tabs vanish – I don’t have loads thankfully but even so
  • the update of the Parallels Tech Preview (or whtever they call it – Beta anyway) broke my VM – the VM runs fine but now it can’t see any network (I tried all the modes)
    • @Dougee sent me a terminal command ‘sudo netplan set ethernets.eth0.dhcp4=true‘ ran it in Terminal, restarted the VM and ran it again, changed the network to bridged and then back to Shared and that did the trick.
  • Apple Issues Bold Blow To Google With This Brilliant New Security Move – Forbes
    • Lily Hay Newman on the Security Guide – Wired


  • The Bizarre Reaction To Facebook’s Decision To Get Out Of The News Business In Australia – Tech Dirt


  • LastPass free restricts users to one device type in March – 9to5Google
    • Six free alternatives to the LastPass password manager – The Verge
  • ‘Spy pixels in emails have become endemic’ — BBC News
  • New browser-tracking hack works even when you flush caches or go incognito – Ars Technica


  • OWC unveils truly universal Thunderbolt 4/USB-C cable – Apple Insider


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