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

AutoFill in Safari Not Working? Set “My Card” in Contacts

We heard from a client that AutoFill in Safari suddenly stopped entering her name and address in Web forms when she chose Edit > AutoFill Form or pressed Command-Shift-A, forcing her to enter her contact information manually, like an animal. (And yes, the “Using information from my contacts” checkbox was selected in Safari’s AutoFill [...]

By |2023-01-06T17:23:45-04:00January 17th, 2023|Mac Tips|Comments Off on AutoFill in Safari Not Working? Set “My Card” in Contacts

Copy Gigabytes of Data Between Macs with Target Disk Mode

Apple makes it easy to move data between Macs. You can send files via AirDrop, attach them to an email message, put them in a Messages conversation, turn on and connect via File Sharing, or use a file-sharing service like iCloud Drive, Dropbox, or Google Drive as an intermediary, to name just a few [...]

By |2023-01-06T17:30:11-04:00January 13th, 2023|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Copy Gigabytes of Data Between Macs with Target Disk Mode

Upgrade Past macOS 10.15 Catalina to Keep Getting Microsoft Office Updates

We aren’t quite ready to recommend that everyone upgrade to macOS 13 Ventura, but if you use Microsoft Office with macOS 10.15 Catalina, you should start planning for an upgrade. Microsoft has announced that current versions of its productivity suite—Office for Mac 2019, Office for Mac 2021, and Microsoft 365—will receive updates only if [...]

By |2023-01-06T17:21:42-04:00January 10th, 2023|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Upgrade Past macOS 10.15 Catalina to Keep Getting Microsoft Office Updates

These New Year’s Resolutions Will Improve Your Digital Security in 2023

Happy New Year! For many of us, starting a new year means reflecting on fresh habits we’d like to adopt. Although we certainly support any resolutions you may have made to get enough sleep, eat better, reduce social media usage, and exercise more, could we suggest a few that will improve your digital security [...]

By |2022-12-01T17:43:23-04:00December 30th, 2022|Mac Tips|Comments Off on These New Year’s Resolutions Will Improve Your Digital Security in 2023

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

Two Ways to Manage Your Email So You Can Find It Later

We recently wrote about different ways to organize your files, which prompted some people to ask us about the best ways to manage email. Email may have competition from messaging services like Slack and Microsoft Teams, but for many people, it’s still where the most important communications take place. That’s especially true for anyone [...]

By |2022-12-01T17:33:33-04:00December 9th, 2022|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Two Ways to Manage Your Email So You Can Find It Later
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