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WIRED | 3/30/2019 | Emily Dreyfuss
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This week started off with one of tech’s biggest events of the year: an Apple product release. One of the most inter­esting launches to come out of Cupertino was rectangular, incredibly thin, and made of metal. But it isn't a gadget, it’s a credit card—the Apple Card—which the company says will have better security than any other. WIRED's own Lily Hay Newman dug into that claim and has some tips on how to get those security benefits now, before the card is even released.

Newman had a busy week. On Monday she explained how to check for a tainted software update that installed malicious backdoors on thousands of Asus computers, a sophisticated hack first reported by Motherboard. She was first to reveal new details about Mastercard's plan for a digital identity, a useful idea that has proved tricky to implement in practice. By Thursday, she found that HTTPS encryption may not be, well, all that secure all the time. Finally, Newman closed out the week with a report on the British government's finding that Huawei, the Chinese telecom equipment maker, has major security flaws in its product code.

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