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Stay Alert! Voice Phishing Used in Recent Ransomware Attacks

All it took for MGM Resorts International to be compromised with ransomware was a quick phone call, which some now call “voice phishing” or “vishing.” An attacker using LinkedIn information to pose as an employee asked MGM’s help desk for a password change, after which they were able to install ransomware. MGM is now [...]

By |2023-12-18T14:02:39-04:00May 14th, 2024|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Stay Alert! Voice Phishing Used in Recent Ransomware Attacks

Want to Password-Protect a PDF? Follow These Best Practices

We periodically field questions about password-protecting a PDF to prevent the wrong people from reading it. Lawyers want to ensure that drafts of legal documents don’t fall into the wrong hands, financial advisers want to keep confidential financial information private, and authors want to prevent their writing from being shared broadly on the Internet. [...]

By |2023-12-18T14:22:03-04:00May 10th, 2024|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Want to Password-Protect a PDF? Follow These Best Practices

Forget Your Just-Changed Passcode? iOS 17’s Passcode Reset Has Your Back

The hardest time to remember your iPhone or iPad passcode is right after you’ve changed it. Generally speaking, there’s no reason to change your passcode, but if you inadvertently or intentionally shared it with someone with whom you wouldn’t trust your bank account information, changing it to something new is a good idea. We [...]

By |2023-12-18T14:00:32-04:00April 30th, 2024|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Forget Your Just-Changed Passcode? iOS 17’s Passcode Reset Has Your Back

Networking Gear Does Wear Out—Suspect It in Internet Slowdowns and Dropouts

We’ve helped some clients recently with networking problems that seemed to be related to Internet connections. Most notable was intermittently slow Internet performance, causing the client to call their ISP to upgrade to a higher bandwidth connection with guaranteed throughput. But that extra monthly expense turned out to be unnecessary once we tracked the [...]

By |2023-12-18T14:20:37-04:00April 26th, 2024|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Networking Gear Does Wear Out—Suspect It in Internet Slowdowns and Dropouts

Faster Copying of Two-Factor Authentication Codes from Messages

One welcome feature of Safari is its automatic detection and auto-filling of SMS-based two-factor authentication codes you receive in Messages. It allows you to complete your login quickly, without having to retrieve the code from Messages. But what if you use a different Web browser, like Google Chrome, Firefox, Brave, or Arc? Apple doesn’t [...]

By |2023-12-18T13:58:51-04:00April 16th, 2024|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Faster Copying of Two-Factor Authentication Codes from Messages

Tired of Nonstop Cookie Popups? Dismiss Them Automatically with These Extensions

The European Union has for many years required that websites—at least those serving European users—gain informed consent before storing the personal data of those users. That data includes cookies, which are bits of information stored in Web browsers that websites can read and write. Cookies are widely used for remembering login information, saving user [...]

By |2023-12-18T14:18:56-04:00April 12th, 2024|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Tired of Nonstop Cookie Popups? Dismiss Them Automatically with These Extensions

Keep a USB Keyboard and Mouse for Troubleshooting

Steve Jobs famously railed against cable clutter, and it’s now easy to use a desktop Mac with a wireless keyboard and mouse, either from Apple or another manufacturer. That’s fine for regular usage, but Bluetooth keyboards and mice aren’t always sufficient. Batteries wear out, pairing can fail, and wireless interference can cause lags or [...]

By |2023-12-18T13:57:24-04:00April 2nd, 2024|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Keep a USB Keyboard and Mouse for Troubleshooting

Is Your Mac Running Low on Disk Space? Here’s How to Delete Unnecessary Files

Between apps, photos, videos, music, and downloads, it’s easy to fill up your Mac’s drive, particularly one with just 128 or 256 GB of drive space. macOS warns you when you get too low on space, but those warnings may come late—for optimum Mac performance, we recommend you keep at least 10–20% of your [...]

By |2023-12-18T14:17:24-04:00March 29th, 2024|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Is Your Mac Running Low on Disk Space? Here’s How to Delete Unnecessary Files

No, NameDrop in iOS 17 Isn’t a Privacy Concern. Here’s How to Use It

One of the prominent new features in iOS 17.1 and watchOS 10.1 is NameDrop, which makes it easy to exchange contact information with someone merely by putting your iPhone or Apple Watch next to theirs. When you do that, you can share your contact card and receive theirs, or just receive theirs—nothing happens unless [...]

By |2023-12-18T14:15:57-04:00March 15th, 2024|iOS Tips|Comments Off on No, NameDrop in iOS 17 Isn’t a Privacy Concern. Here’s How to Use It

The “Hey” Part of “Hey Siri” Is Now Optional

If you use Siri, particularly on a HomePod, you’re probably accustomed to saying “Hey Siri” as the trigger phrase before your requests. In Apple’s new operating systems for 2023, you can now choose to invoke Siri using the traditional “Hey Siri” or just “Siri” (at least in Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US). [...]

By |2023-12-18T13:52:06-04:00March 5th, 2024|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on The “Hey” Part of “Hey Siri” Is Now Optional
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