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

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

With Storms Increasing, Protect Your Tech Gear from Damaging Power Fluctuations

It has been a tough year for extreme weather events. While the connection between weather and technology may seem tenuous, heat waves, high winds, and lightning strikes can play havoc with all sorts of powered and networked electronic devices. Anything that causes power fluctuations—spikes, surges, sags, brownouts, and blackouts—can hurt your tech gear. Protecting [...]

By |2023-09-13T16:35:19-04:00February 16th, 2024|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on With Storms Increasing, Protect Your Tech Gear from Damaging Power Fluctuations

What Should You Do about an Authentication Code You DIDN’T Request?

We strongly encourage using two-factor authentication (2FA) or two-step verification (2SV) with online accounts whenever possible. The details vary slightly, but with either one, after you enter your password, you must enter an authentication code to complete the login. Although it’s always best to get such codes from an authentication app like 1Password (which [...]

By |2023-09-13T16:33:32-04:00February 2nd, 2024|iOS Tips|Comments Off on What Should You Do about an Authentication Code You DIDN’T Request?

Beware Executive Imposter Scams Aimed at New Employees

We’re hearing about new hires who receive an email or text from someone claiming to be the CEO of their new company, asking the employee to carry out some small task like sharing personal information, purchasing a gift card for a client, or wiring funds to another business. The new employee, eager to make [...]

By |2023-09-13T16:39:13-04:00January 23rd, 2024|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Beware Executive Imposter Scams Aimed at New Employees

When Should You Upgrade to macOS 14 Sonoma, iOS 17, iPadOS 17, watchOS 10, and tvOS 17?

September is upon us, so Apple will soon start releasing major upgrades for all its operating systems. Note that we say “start.” Apple will undoubtedly release iOS 17 and watchOS 10 alongside new iPhone and Apple Watch models in mid-September. The company hasn’t said when it will release iPadOS 17, although it’s likely to [...]

By |2023-09-13T16:26:02-04:00January 19th, 2024|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on When Should You Upgrade to macOS 14 Sonoma, iOS 17, iPadOS 17, watchOS 10, and tvOS 17?

Things You Need to Know Before Moving to a New iPhone

Are you among the millions of people planning to get a new iPhone 15? It’s exciting, we know, but don’t move too fast when getting started with your new iPhone, or you might cause yourself headaches. Instead, follow these instructions when you’re ready to transfer your data—and, for many people, much of your digital [...]

By |2023-09-13T16:23:59-04:00January 5th, 2024|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Things You Need to Know Before Moving to a New iPhone
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