Homebrew: How to install reconnaissance tools on macOS

We’ll guide you through the process of using Homebrew package manager to install security tools on macOS to perform reconnaissance, discovery, and fingerprinting of the devices on your network.

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For years the message was that Apple devices were impervious to common viruses. Evidenced through the classic “I’m a Mac” ads, Macs were not immune to malware: It’s just that with such a negligible (but growing) market share, threat actors did not really target Apple devices as much as devices running Windows, which posed a much larger target—with greater rewards for their efforts.

SEE: iPhone 12 event: What Apple announced at its 2020 Hi Speed event (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

Fast forward to modern times, and well, malware affects every device, regardless of the operating system, applications, or hardware type. With changes like always-on connections, a never-ending variety of software choices from corporate developers to one-person studios, the reliance on network-connected access for just about every service, and the explosive growth of computing devices in general are all adequate reasons any organization should work diligently to secure its resources.

The first step to any protection policy or plan is to first identify those resources: What they

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2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid first drive review: A hard formula to mess up

It might not be the most exciting car on the planet, but the Toyota Camry Hybrid absolutely excels at its intended purpose. It’s comfortable, efficient and sufficiently equipped with modern creature comforts. For 2021, a smattering of nonessential updates slightly refines the formula, making a contextually excellent vehicle just that much better.

New tech, but also not

The most immediately noticeable upgrade in the 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid is the addition of a new “floating” screen that replaces the one set into the dashboard. The entire middle of the dashboard is redesigned to accommodate this new display, which measures 9 inches on my Hybrid XLE tester, although lower trims make do with just 7 inches. Either way, it’s prominent, and the new look still packs the same physical buttons for the climate control, which are easy to reach and use with little distraction. Charging takes place via several USB ports, but only the one under the dashboard is capable of running smartphone mirroring; the USB-A and USB-C ports in the armrest are for charging purposes.

While the screen might be new, the Entune software on it is not. It’s the same familiar user interface found in every modern Toyota,

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Second stimulus check money: 4 ways it could be bigger, 3 ways you might get less

Would the amount of your stimulus check go up or down in the second round, or stay the same? Here’s what we know and how it could change.

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Hope has not run dry as to the chances that legislators will sew up negotiations on a stimulus bill before the Nov. 3 election and send a second stimulus check to over 150 million people in the US. President Donald Trump is pushing lawmakers hard to get out direct payments of up to $1,200 per person and hints he will intervene if the Republican-controlled Senate balks at passing the bill, which the White House administration is negotiating with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a top Democrat.

If the bill does go through — and you can read up on the significance of the Senate’s planned Tuesday vote here — we know of a few ways your check could be higher the second time around, or also smaller, if your circumstances have changed. We’ll take you through what we know about stimulus money.

For even more details, here’s the formula used to set your stimulus check total. This story was updated recently.

4 ways you could get more money with a

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Best Laptops: Holiday Gift Guide

With options from Apple, Dell, Acer, and more, you’ll find the best laptop to fit your gift-giving needs.

The holidays are upon us once again, which means it’s time to start shopping for gifts. With so many people working from home, you might consider getting your loved one a new laptop to make their workday smoother. Whether you’re buying for a Linux lover, Apple aficionado, Chromebook connoisseur, or Windows whiz, this gift guide can help you figure out the perfect laptop to buy this holiday season. 

Dell Latitude 9410 Business 2-in-1

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The Dell Latitude Business 2-in-1 laptop is a great choice for those working from home or who have to travel a lot for work. The Latitude runs on Windows 10 Pro and is the world’s smallest 2-in-1. It features a 10th Generation Intel Core  i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB PCIe NVMe Class 35 SSD storage, and a 14″ FHD touch anti-reflective and anti-smudge touch display. Pricing starts at $1,829. 



Acer Swift 3

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Acer’s Swift 3 won PC World’s Editors’ Choice Award in 2020. With an ultra-thin design (it’s only 0.63 inches thick and weighs 2.6 lbs), 8 GB of RAM,

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Best Holiday Gifts for Apple Fans in 2020

If you’re shopping for just the right gift for the Apple lover in your life, search no further. You’ll find curated tech gifts in various price ranges, including the new iPad Air and a MacBook cover.

The 2020 holiday season will prove unusual and unique. For the first time in most everyone’s memory, few will be rushing to physical stores and malls to browse and enjoy holiday cheer. Instead, the year is likely to see record spending for online gifting, as the pandemic encourages everyone, regardless of habit and preference, to safely shop from home. Don’t despair, as you need not go it alone. Here are gift recommendations at a variety of price points for the Apple fan in your life that are sure to bring a smile this year.

ColorKit for MacBook

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A thin but protective, colorful wrap that adds personality and protection to a MacBook is a thoughtful gift sure to be appreciated by any MacBook user. The cover, available in aqua, black, coral, forest green, and deep rose, protects the top, bottom, deck, and keyboard of any Apple MacBook. This is an inexpensive way to help someone you care about stand out

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