March 22, 2013

Apple ID Two Factor Auth

Looks like Apple has instituted Two Factor authentication for anyone with an Apple ID and a phone that receives text messages.

9 to 5 Mac has the story

I will be setting this up on my Apple ID as soon as I get a chance. However, they have not sent out any official notice yet. Also, 9 to 5 says they are still training their personnel on how it works so they can assist customers.

If you haven't ever set up Two Factor on gmail or dropbox or other platform, you may want to give it a few days. That way if you get stuck, you are more likely to get help quickly.

It's good to see this. Thank you Apple.

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Then I saw this story

Apple ID Security Hole Allows Password Reset With Email Address and Date of Birth

So sooner might be better than later in going to the 2 factor auth. 

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I just went through the process.  Worked in a very straightforward way.  Although be prepared for the dire warnings of what will happen if you lose the recovery password etc. 

It turns out you can verify a device like a phone, or your ipad, or ipod touch.  You don't need a cell phone I think... I did add my cell number to the process as another method.  If you don't want to give them a cell number, it might still work.  


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March 21, 2013

To Enhance Your Experience...

There is some new ad malware created specifically for Macs circulating about the interwebz.

Ad-injecting trojan targets Mac users on Safari, Firefox, and Chrome

Don't ya just love ad spammers. Yeesh.

So let's go over this once again! Please do not click on anything and install it when browsing about at a website. No matter how much you want to see that kitty jump at the red dot, this will not enhance your experience.

If you get to a site and it tells you to install a plugin to view the video... leave. Immediately.

If you have a Mac and you are worried about having picked up this barnacle, it seems to be fairly easy to check and then to rid yourself of it.

How to remove 'Yontoo' adware Trojan from your OS X system

And so ends your public service announcement for today.  We thank you for your kind attention.

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March 13, 2013

Bye Bye Google Reader

So Google is turning off Reader, their popular RSS service on July 1st. If you have been using this service, you might be at a loss. What now?

Fear not. There are other options.

Go to google and download your RSS feed via google takeout. Go to your google reader page --> Help --> How to --> Reading -->  How can I download my Reader data?  Click the link it will aggregate the data.  When it's at 100% click Create Archive.  It will zip it and then give you a download button.  VoilĂ .  You are done.

This format should be compatible for import to other readers.

One option to replace google is newsblur. It's open source with a web option along with iOS/Android options too.  The iOS app looks very nice.  They have instructions on how to import your google reader feed.

Of course they are currently swamped with fleeing google users even though there are a few months before the service goes away... sheesh.  The main site is either slow or down for the count tonight.  Wait a bit before trying to access it until the furor dies down a bit.

I gave up on feed reading a while back. Just couldn't keep up.  But the iOS app is so nice I may reconsider...

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March 06, 2013

And another lock screen bug

This one on Samsung devices.

It looks as if the Samsung Galaxy S 3 and the Note 2 have the same lock bug that was causing Apple some headlines a couple of weeks ago.

I'm pretty sure you'd have to have some very bad luck and have your phone stolen by a complete geek for this to be an issue. However, if you own one of these devices, you should probably be on the lookout for system updates issued over the next week or so. Once it's released, you may want to wait a day or two. Just to be sure there aren't any major issues with the "fix".

Here's the scoop (such as it is) via Ars Technica.

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March 04, 2013

Evernote

If you are an Evernote user, have you changed your password?  Yesterday Evernote sent out emails to all their users asking them to change their passwords because of a data breach. 

Very proactive on their part. No matter what the company doing business online, the bad guys keep trying.  It is impossible to keep them out completely.  Fast action on the part of companies to limit the damage, is a great thing.

So do take a few minutes, if you haven't done it yet, to change the password and make your data more secure.

Thank you.

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