If Your Holiday Gift Was a Tech Device, It’s Time to Change the Password!

Whatever consumer electronics product you can name, there’s probably a “smart” version that you configure via an app or Internet-connected interface once you’ve connected it to your Wi-Fi network. For ease of setup and to keep costs down, many such devices come pre-configured with not just a default username and password, but the same [...]

By |2023-01-06T17:28:23-04:00January 31st, 2023|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on If Your Holiday Gift Was a Tech Device, It’s Time to Change the Password!

What Is Advanced Data Protection for iCloud? Should You Enable It?

In early December, Apple made a surprise announcement: Advanced Data Protection for iCloud. It’s not as though iCloud’s standard data protection is problematic, but it hinges on one architectural decision that makes some iCloud data theoretically vulnerable: Apple holds the encryption keys necessary to decrypt iCloud data. Because Apple controls those encryption keys, an [...]

By |2023-01-06T17:34:00-04:00January 27th, 2023|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on What Is Advanced Data Protection for iCloud? Should You Enable It?

Protect Your Hidden and Recently Deleted Albums in Photos

Photos has long provided a hidden album you could use to hold images you wanted to keep a little more private. Until this year, however, it was security through obscurity: anyone who knew to reveal the album in Settings > Photos on an iPhone or iPad or by choosing View > Show Hidden Album [...]

By |2023-01-06T17:26:34-04:00January 24th, 2023|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Protect Your Hidden and Recently Deleted Albums in Photos

LastPass Security Breach: Here’s What to Do

Password management company LastPass has announced that it suffered a security breach in which attackers stole both encrypted customer account data (which is bad) and customer vaults containing encrypted usernames and passwords (which is much, much worse). On the positive side, the data of users who abided by LastPass’s defaults and created master passwords [...]

By |2023-01-06T17:32:00-04:00January 20th, 2023|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on LastPass Security Breach: Here’s What to Do

You Can Now Use Siri to Reboot Your iPhone or iPad

Although iOS and iPadOS are extremely stable, there are times when rebooting your iPhone or iPad can eliminate odd or problematic behavior, and there’s no harm in trying it. In the past, you’ve had to remember which buttons to press or select Settings > General > Shut Down and then press a button to [...]

By |2022-12-01T17:41:05-04:00December 27th, 2022|iOS Tips|Comments Off on You Can Now Use Siri to Reboot Your iPhone or iPad

Need to Amuse Small Children During the Holidays? Try Slow Motion Video

If you find yourself at a family gathering with bored children over the holidays, allow us to recommend an activity that can keep kids engaged. Figure out something the kids can do that involves motion—knocking down a tower of blocks, rolling a ball or toy car down stairs, even just making silly faces—and record [...]

By |2022-12-01T17:39:09-04:00December 20th, 2022|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Need to Amuse Small Children During the Holidays? Try Slow Motion Video

Merge Duplicate Photos and Videos in iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and Ventura

It’s all too easy to end up with duplicate photos and videos in your Photos library. The most common way is to use the Duplicate command, but we’ve seen duplicates appear due to accidentally repeated actions in other apps, repeated screenshots, multiple imports that include the same image (much as Photos tries to prevent [...]

By |2022-12-01T17:36:51-04:00December 16th, 2022|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Merge Duplicate Photos and Videos in iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and Ventura

Delete Contacts More Easily in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16

Deleting contacts on the iPhone and iPad used to be a pain, especially if you wanted to trash multiple contacts. You had to open the contact, tap Edit, scroll to the bottom, and tap Delete Contact. Although you still can’t swipe left on a contact in a list, as you do when deleting in [...]

By |2022-12-01T17:35:18-04:00December 13th, 2022|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Delete Contacts More Easily in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16

Here’s How to Stop Getting Paste Permission Requests

In iOS 16, Apple tightened security by displaying a confirmation alert when you copy data from one app and paste it into another. More security isn’t bad, but these alerts can become annoying if you copy and paste frequently. In iOS 16.1, Apple added a setting to control the behavior for each app. If [...]

By |2022-12-01T17:31:09-04:00December 6th, 2022|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Here’s How to Stop Getting Paste Permission Requests

Practice with the Emergency SOS via Satellite Demo, Just in Case

In mid-November, Apple launched its new Emergency SOS via satellite feature for the iPhone 14 lineup. If you have an iPhone 14 and find yourself in an emergency situation in the US or Canada without cellular or Wi-Fi service, you can still contact emergency services. Apple says the service will expand to France, Germany, [...]

By |2022-12-01T17:29:04-04:00December 2nd, 2022|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Practice with the Emergency SOS via Satellite Demo, Just in Case
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