Category : Apple

Blasted by Phishing Calendar Invitations

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Have you been getting random calendar invitations from unfamiliar sources about events you have never heard of before? It seems we are not the only ones. Most of the calendar invitations seem to be coming from email accounts from other countries, promising deals on brand name products such as Ray-Bans.

This is just another type of phishing scam. Do not accept or decline calendar invitations from unknown senders. If possible, try not to open the invitation at all, and if you do open the invitation, do not click any links that may be attached. From what we know about email phishing and malware, this is most likely an attempt at retrieving personal information from your device.

Apple is in the process of blocking the suspicious email addresses and hopefully putting a quick end to the unknown invitations. In the meantime, you can do a few things to protect yourself. Firstly, do not decline the invitations, this only alerts the sender of an active email account, and will most likely lead to even more invitations. Go into your calendar settings and change invitations to be sent via email rather than device iPhone notifications. Finally you can create a junk calendar, purely for these spam invitations. These are temporary alternatives while we wait for Apple to block the email addresses and secure the problem. If you would like to create an alternative calendar for these invitations, which is the best way to protect yourself at the moment, click here.

 


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Coolest MacBook Pro Touch Bar Features

Sitting just above the keys, the Touch Bar displays an array of color changing functionalities. Check out just a few of the cool things the Touch Bar can do!

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Just like texting on an iPhone, the Touch Bar allows for predictive text. For even faster email responses.

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You can Preview and Edit your photos with it too, all of the edit features appear just by double clicking a picture in the Photo Application.

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I think by far my favorite of the Touch Bar capabilities is switching between tabs visually in Safari. But it can also help coordinate your calendar and contacts by showing open times and days for you to choose from. It can also help you save documents and access keys no longer on the keyboard. Rather than lifting your hand and moving it to the track pad to save your document, just hit Command + S and watch Don’t Save, Cancel, and Save, appear. You may also notice that the F1 – F12 keys are missing from the new Pro. Not to worry, simply bring them up by holding the Fn key at the bottom of the keyboard and watch 1-12 appear on your Touch Bar.

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You can even choose Emojis with the Touch Bar!

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It can account for Touch ID as well. The first time you power up you will have to manually enter your password, but every time after that Touch ID is fair game. Just place your finger on the Touch Bar when you wake your machine from sleeping. Touch ID also means Apple Pay!

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Answer calls just like you would on your iPhone or iPad!

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Soon we will be asking ourselves how we ever lived without it!


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Best Mac Dock – Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter

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The Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter (that is one heck of a name) allows you charge or attach two USB devices to your Mac while also supporting a 4K display. This dock is part of a new wave of docks that finally do more than just drain your battery. Affordable at $60 on Amazon, this dock is attractive in both appearance and functionality. It has a higher level finish, with rounded edges and aluminum case that is available in four colors that perfectly match your Mac.

The built in cable has reinforcement at the dock connection and the head for durability. The USB-C jack is in an aluminum case for durability as well, and fits perfectly into a MacBook. The dock also has an HDMI port that supports 4K video at up to 30Hz.

At $60 this dock is $20 less than the Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport adapter alternative which is less capable, awkward in design, and has one fewer USB 3 Type-A port. Satechi is a great competitor device is you just want to charge and connect to a 4k display.


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iOS 10 – What happens if my iPhone 7/6 home button breaks??

iphone6-ios9-assistive-touch-menuThe iPhone 7 has changed the home button and like the headphone jack debacle, users are divided. Regardless of opinion if you have a iPhone 7 the home button has changed to a haptic engine known as the “Taptic Engine” which responds to touches with subtle vibrations, which actually simulates small movements although the home button itself does not move. The lack of moving parts is, in theory, less likely to break.

However, things do break occasionally. One user discovered what happens when the home button stops working with a home button notification reading, “Home Button May Need Service – In the meantime you can use the onscreen Home button below” as a temporary workaround. Yeah the home button still doesn’t work, but at least Apple is giving you another option for the time being.

Have a iPhone 6 with a broken home button? There’s a solution for you too, Enable Assistive Touch. Open Settings > General > Accessibility > Scroll down to Assistive touch and select it. Your screen should a white round button. This will serve as your onscreen home button. Tap the white round circle button, and home options will appear. You can move this button around your screen so that it is less in the way of your daily functions.

Regional Apple Support will also help you find out if the phone is under warranty, which will make the home button replacement free!


 

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Is WiFi Assist Swallowing your Data?

wifi assist iphone apple If your iPhone software is up to date, meaning iOS 9 and the most recent iOS 10, then you have “WiFi Assist”. WiFi Assist is a feature that allows you to stay connected to the internet even when the WiFi connection is poor. Meaning that if a webpage is having trouble loading or your Instagram won’t refresh due to poor internet connection, the cellular data on your smartphone will step in to bridge the gap. When this feature is turned on you will see the cellular data icon in the status bar on your device. Apple’s website warns that because of the obvious (the feature is using cellular data here) you might use more cellular data than usual, but should only be a “small percentage higher than previous usage”. Despite what Apple recommends, I read a decent amount of hoopla from consumers outraged by the increase in data usage when their phone bill arrived at the end of the month.

I turned my WiFi Assist feature off, and I have noticed no difference in my performance. However, I have a strong WiFi connection both at my house and my office – hey I do work for an MSP after all :) !

I will be interested to see how it holds up in other environments. Regardless I can always turn the feature back on.

Want to turn off WiFi Assist and maybe save a little cash? Watch my video!

Settings > Cellular > Scroll alllllll the way down till the end of your apps > WiFi Assist toggle


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Do this and not that – Mobile Malware

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The three best practices to avoid mobile malware is to use an official app store, resist temptation to jailbreak your device, and keep updates current. Apple and Google app stores remain the most vigilant about mobile malware concerns. Google uses Verify Apps that runs in the background of modern Android systems to scan for spyware, ransomware, and fraudulent apps. The company also checks mobile apps that are submitted to the Google Play Store. Less than one out of every 10,000 devices that only downloads from the Google Play Store has a program in the malicious category.

Jailbreaking your device undermines much of the already pre-installed security on the phone. In addition to this, the ability to restrict applications from accessing personal data on the phone as well as validate applications is disabled. Basically, if you jailbreak your device you better have a pretty good understanding of technology, because you just became the sole provider of security for that device.

This may be a surprise to most, but vulnerabilities actually do not increase the likelihood on malware on mobile devices. Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report released Apple iOS had nearly 8 times as many vulnerabilities as Android in 2014, but near all malware for that year were targeted at Android devices.

The reliance and increased functionality of mobile devices leads developers to push out updates and bug fixes as fast as possible. Users should pay attention to this and keep their applications and software updates current. Android users often wait to update because of the lengthy process involved, but the benefits usually out whey this inconvenience, especially considering Android devices are most susceptible for malware.

 


 

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iOS 10 Wants to Help you Get More Beauty Rest

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You’ll find the new bedtime feature offered in iOS 10 in the Clock application. The first time you use the feature you will be walked through the functions. You may notice the application is now in dark mode, finally realizing most of us set alarms when we are already in bed or near sleep.

Begin by setting your wake up time, and tap “Next”. Hit the days of the week you would like the alarm to function. Set the number of hours you need to get each night (don’t worry this can be changed). After you have decided how many hours of precious beauty rest you would like, the application would like to know when you would prefer your nightly bedtime reminders, which can range from the bedtime itself to 15 minutes before or 1 hour before. The new bedtime feature comes with new sounds as well to jazz up bedtime and wake time alarms. Once you have saved your preferences, you will be able to see a short seven day history of your sleep. If you tap “More History” you will be brought into the Health app where you can explore your sleep history by day, week, month or even year.

For those users that use iOS as an alarm clock, consider this to be a major upgrade. It isn’t a full blown sleep tracker as many fitness trackers offer, but it is an easy way to track sleep hours and set up bedtime reminders. How great would this be for kid bedtimes??


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Turn Voicemail into Text with iOS 10

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Apple has always had a productive approach to voicemail, first with the visual listing of voicemails with the contact name, date and time attached, making it easy to browse past or go directly to the voicemail you would like to hear. The upgrade to iOS 10 takes this a little further, allowing for voicemail transcription, that can be shared or saved. When you have a voicemail you would like transcribed, open voicemail and select the voicemail you wish to be written. The voicemail should automatically start playing. If the person has just left the message, iOS will start the process automatically, showing a “Transcribing” message, to tell you what is taking place. Once the voicemail is transcribed, the written message will be displayed within the original voicemail, in other words in the visual list of voicemail. This could be helpful in those instances when raising a phone to your ear is not allowed, perhaps during a presentation, work meeting, event, important dinner, etc. The transcription of the voicemail might be a little off, but at least this gives a general idea as to why the person is calling, aka emergency or non emergency. This feature is currently considered a beta feature, therefore after transcription has taken place you will see a tiny typed question asking “Was this helpful?”, which Apple will use to decide if the feature will be a permanent one.

 


 

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Turn off read receipts for specific conversations in iOS 10

abbI have my read receipts on and I love the transparency. In a world where we are always accessible, I hope that my read receipts provide my friends and coworkers reassurance that I am not simply ignoring their messages but rather I am not on my phone (which happens!!). I’d like to think this also applies to my family members. Mom, if I haven’t read your texts yet, I am probably not available for a phone call, just saying. But regardless of the read receipts and the reasons behind it, sometimes you don’t want the same features to apply to everyone in your contacts. Perhaps I’ll let you discover that reasoning on your own… 😉

iMessage lets you toggle between showing read receipts and not showing, but that’s as far as the customization goes. In iOS 10 however, users have been given the option to turn off read receipts within each conversation, meaning you can show read receipts to your bff and not your boss. Or vice a versa.

To discover this feature, send read receipts has to be on to start with, meaning if the thought of read receipts alone is too weird for you, you might want to find another iOS 10 feature to play with. First, go to the settings in your iPhone, then messages, and find the send read receipts toggle and implement. So if you are like me, after updating to iOS 10 you can skip this step entirely. Now comes the fun. Begin customizing who will get to see read receipts and who won’t by switching to the Message application in your iPhone. Within each conversation, in the top right corner, tap the information icon. Where you see “send read receipts” with a toggle option, choose how you would like to proceed for that conversation. Proceed with all conversations that you want to not show your read receipts.

As a user, I am torn. I think the accessibility of the feature can be viewed in two ways. Navigating the feature within each conversation could become tiresome if the user is looking to show read receipts for only a few contacts, such as with a significant other or family members. In this regard the user would have to go through every conversation and turn off the feature. What about those contacts that you haven’t texted recently enough to have a conversation to go back to? Will you remember to turn off this feature for each new communication? Probably not. It would be ideal if the feature had better audience control within iMessage settings. In retrospect, for users like myself that already have read receipts in use for all contacts, being able to turn off read receipts for individual conversations is a great bonus.

Nice feature, could have better audience selection.


 

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Pegasus Spyware Detected – Upgrade to iOS 9.3.5 ASAP

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Malware that spies on user phone calls and text messages, has been alleviated thanks to the latest iOS mobile operating system upgrade, and the wise proceedings of a human rights activist. Canadian cyber security research group, Citizen Lab, published a report that a human rights activist, Ahmed Mansoor, received a text message with a malicious malware link attached. Thankfully Mansoor was not tempted to click on the link.

Rather he passed the link to Citizen Lab where researchers identified the correlation between the link and the NSO Group, an Israeli company notorious for selling a government-exclusive spyware product, Pegasus, that is described as a “lawful intercept”. Most have dubbed this the most sophisticated spyware software detected and Apple, Android and Blackberry smartphone users are the target. The main difference between this malware and others is Pegasus’s ability to infect the powerhouse of the operating system, the kernel of the phone. This allows the software to intercept any conversation before encryption ever takes place, so encrypting such apps proves pointless against Pegasus. The link would have been capable of jail breaking the iPhone and installing surveillance software used to access the camera and microphone. Mansoor’s WhatsApp and Viber calls would have been especially vulnerable in addition to his GPS location services.

Citizen Lab wrote in its report that “[w]e are not aware of any previous instance of an iPhone remote jailbreak used in the wild as part of a targeted attack campaign.”

Last Thursday Apple released the latest version of iOS 9.3.5, which I highly advise upgrading to if you have not already done so. The update improves how iOS devices access memory and adds a patch that prevents visits to maliciously crafted websites from remotely executing arbitrary code.

Phew.


 

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