How many passwords do you have?
Ever struggled to remember them all, especially those infrequently used passwords? Have you written your passwords in a notebook, in 'Notes' on your iPad or stored them in your Contacts?
Or have you perhaps done what a lot of people tend to do - just use the same password in lots of different places, for lots of different online accounts - just so that you don't have to remember a variety of passwords?
Hmmm. Perhaps the latter is not such a great idea - because if someone gets hold of your email address and password, they can have quite a field day getting access to all sorts of accounts that you might have set up using these - your email account, iTunes, iCloud, Groupon, Dropbox, etc etc.
On the other hand though, we all hate having a variety of passwords. It is IMPOSSIBLE to remember them all. So how do you solve this problem and make sure you keep your passwords safe?
I use a combination of things to make my life easier when it comes to passwords.
I use iCloud's 'Keychain' (new in iOS 7 - turn it on in Settings->iCloud) to get my devices to 'remember' passwords (making sure, of course, I first have a strong passcode on my device).
And, most importantly, I use a product called OneSafe.
OneSafe allows me to store all sorts of passwords, ID's and registration details - email account passwords, website account passwords, medicare numbers, car insurance policy numbers, passport numbers, etc etc.
All I have to do is remember a single password to be able to access all other passwords that I have put in my OneSafe (which of course needs to be a strong password). In this way, I can have lots of different passwords, but still work out what these passwords are should I ever forget (which I regularly do!). And OneSafe syncs my all this information to all my Apple devices via iCloud - my iPad, my iPhone and my Mac computer.
But OneSafe is not the only App that provides 'password keeper' functionality. There are several other really good ones.
Check out this article published last year in the Sydney Morning Herald for a review of various Password Keepers for i-Devices.
If you are not sure whether it is necessary to have a Passcode on your iPad or iPhone and what sort of passcode is best, read this article that I have 'scooped' (along with a collection of other articles about Apple and Technology stuff)!
And you can rest assured that you don't have to put in your Passcode EVERY time your device goes to sleep. You can set a delay, so that the Passcode is only required if the device has been asleep for a nominated period of time.
Watch this free video to find out how to set this delay.
If you are interested in seeing a range of other articles that I have 'scooped' from various media sources, visit Great technology tips from the Geek Goddess.
This lovely group of ladies and one gentleman have been meeting every Thursday since the start of February for a special Seniors series of 'Getting to know your iPad" - learning all about the wonderful things they can do with their iPads.
As part of recent iTea&Coffee classes we looked up a couple of moves on YouTube. The laughter of these babies is just so infectious - it brightens your day!
Just what are they talking about!!??
This child's mother should be very very afraid.
For the fitness and healthy eating devotees out there (and for those of us who should be!) ...
Here are a couple of Macworld articles about accessories that team with Apps on your i-Device, that can really help you exercise, movement and eating patterns. Click on an image to view the corresponding article.
I certainly have! It can be a very expensive mistake!
I blew my limit within one minute recently, because I was using my iPhone's Personal Hotspot so that I could get internet on my Macbook while I was away.
My mistake was that I forgot that my Dropbox on the Macbook hadn't sync'd the large number of files that I had just moved into Dropbox on my main computer the day before. So as soon as I connected to the internet using my phone's Personal Hotspot, a huge number of files automatically downloaded! Ow.
(By the way, have you found your Personal Hotspot?! And do you know about Dropbox? iTea&Coffee can help you discover both!)
In this week's handy hint, we look at how you can turn off your data usage in cases where you are getting close to your limit, and how you can limit what apps and features actually use your cellular data.
Note. There are a couple of other settings that you may also need to check and turn off as well.
We will cover these in a future Handy Hint - but if you want help now with sorting out data usage issues, email iTea&Coffeeor call 1300 885 320.
Oh my goodness, the Tooth Fairy has really been slow to respond this week to #4 child's lost tooth! A week has gone by and still no sign of the $2 coin in the tooth jar. She's never been this bad!
So what to do?
Well, I have just set a Reminder to deal with the Tooth Fairy tonight. It will make a sound and pop up a message up on my screen at 9pm tonight - a suitable time for dealing with Tooth Fairies!
Have you discovered Reminders on your iPad and iPhone?
Telling Siri what you want to be reminded about is a really quick and easy way to create Reminders without having to type a thing!
Just hold down the Home button for a second or two and then tell Siri what you want to be reminded about (eg. "Remind me to put the bins out at 8pm tonight."). (If you have upgraded to iOS 7.1, you can keep the Home button held down while you give your instruction.)
You will then be asked to confirm the Reminder details and voilà - a reminder is added to your reminder list. What a great tool for those of us who can't always rely on our memories any more!
(Note. Siri is only available on iPhone on 4S and newer, and from iPad 3rd generation and newer. To turn on Siri, go to Settings -> General -> Siri. You will see there that you can choose for Siri to be either male or female - a new feature of iOS 7.1.)
I have a couple of files on my Mac that I use ALL the time. While it's really easy to drag the folders that you use all the time into your Finder sidebar (have you tried this)? I had not previously tried to put individual files in the Sidebar (mainly because I hadn't realised that you can!).
To put a frequently used file in the Finder Sidebar, just hold down the Command key as you drag the file and drop it 'shortcut' into the sidebar. You will see a line that shows you where you are about to drop the file's shortcut - let go when you see that line in the position that you need.
Don't worry - you are not moving the file to the sidebar. You are just moving a reference to it. It stays in its original location. Once you no longer need that quick access the file, just drag it out - you will see it disappear in a 'puff of smoke'! Very cute!
Here's a short video showing you how!
Apple has just release a significant update to iOS 7, which has some interested new features. Read all about what's changed in this article from Macworld.
This one just arrived in my inbox! At first glance, it might look very like an email you receive from Apple. Don't be fooled!
You can see that the email address that it comes from is certainly not legitimate. And Apple would always use your name in the email. Apple would also refer to themselves with a capital A and would certainly make sure their sentences make sense!
Once again, don't click on links in emails like this one.
Did you know you can watch full-length feature movies that are stored on an SD card - even though you didn't take them with your camera?
If you have a camera adaptor for your iPad, you can use an SD card to transfer movies and other media onto your iPad, without having to sync using iTunes.
From your computer, just create the folder /DCIM/100VIDEO on your SD card and put the movies that you want to transfer into this folder. Then, when you plug the SD card into your iPad, you can import the movies into Photos and watch them from there (instead of watching them from the Videos app). Maybe set up an album in Photos that holds your full length movies, so that you can easily access them in future.
Just make sure that the movie is in a format the iPads can play - you may need to covert it first. That's a topic for another article!
PS. You may find the above trick works with some USB sticks as well. Give it a try!
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Here's a useful tip for Mac users!
You can quickly save the contacts that have been 'remembered' by the Mail app on your Mac.
Just Open Mail, go to the Window menu and choose Previous Recipients.
You will see a list of the 'remembered' email addresses, sometimes showing the name of the person as well. On the very left is a little card symbol that shows if the details are already stored in your Contacts.
So, if you see an email address/person in the list that does not have a 'contact card', just click on that entry in the list and choose 'Add to Contacts' (bottom right).
Have you ended up with duplicated contact cards? I'll talk about how to resolve that one in a future post!
I was so impressed by an amazing lady I met on Wednesday - Robelen Bajar. Her website is such a great resource for women - woman.com.au
Well, my iPad just completely froze while I was trying to use one of my favourite apps, Evernote!
The Home Button didn't work - single OR double-click. My usual trick of bringing up the task switcher and closing the mis-behaving app was just not possible. Even turning off and back on seemed to leave it in a knot.
What do you do when your iPad just won't respond!?
Sometimes, you need to do what in called a 'force re-boot'.
The short answer ...
YES - you can definitey print directly from an iPad or iPhone to a printer.
The longer answer ...
It depends on what printer you have! Your iPad and iPhone (and even iPod Touch) have the capability to print directly to a printer using a built-in feature called AirPrint.
In order for your i-Device to be able to print to your printer, your printer needs be a Wi-Fi printer that has the AirPrint capability built in. As long as you are attached to the same Wi-Fi network as your printer, you can very easily print any photo, web page, document, email etc - without having to send it to yourself on the computer first!
More and more printers these days have this AirPrint feature built in. In saying this, the feature tends to be more common in Inkjet printers than it is in Laser printers. To determine if you have an Airprint enabled printer, you can visit this web page.
If you would like to view our free handy hint video on this topic, provide your email address below and click/touch 'Submit'. We will email you a link to this video.
Is there any way to print to a 'non-AirPrint' printer?
If you have a Mac computer on your WiFi network, you can still turn your printer into an Airprint printer - just by downloading and configuring some inexpensive software on your computer. Then, whenever your Mac is turned on, any printer to which you can print from that Mac computer will look like an Airprint printer to any iPad and iPhone on your Wi-Fi network.
Confused? Need to know more? Need someone to set up your Wi-Fi printer?
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A regular query I get is what to do when the internet or WiFi seems to have stopped working.
The problem is often just that the WiFi router needs to be re-started. The next time you find you have no internet, consider this as one of your first 'ports of call'. Your router will usually have an on/off button on its back. Either turn it of using this button, unplug the power from it or switch if off at the wall. Wait a little while (eg 10 secs) then plug it back in/turn it back on and wait for all the lights to come back on and show green (sometimes blue as well).
Then recheck your internet/wi-fi connection from the device. Perhaps try turning off your WiFi on the device and turning it back on, then see if your WiFi network appears in the list now. If you don't get automatically connected to it, select it and re-join it.
Hopefully this will work in the majority of cases. There are times where you will find that your internet provider is actually doing maintenance or has a problem in your area. If you are still having problems, this may be the case - I usually use my smartphone to check for outages in the area via my ISP's website, once I have ruled out any problems from my end.
I have had two mums contact me in the last two days with this very question (one for an iPad and one for an iPod Touch)! Especially for kids who use iPads for school, this can be very stressful and upsetting.
So I thought it worth describing your options here. iTea&Coffee can help if you need assistance or advice - just call 1300 885 420 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
But before we go into what to do in this situation, let's talk about how you can make sure a lost passcode is not a disaster for you.
Please, please MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A BACKUP OF YOUR DEVICE, whether it be a backup via iTunes to a computer, or a backup to iCloud. At the very least, make use of iCloud to ensure you key information (Contact, Calendar, Reminders, Notes, etc) are safely stored in the 'cloud'. If you don't know how to do this or need some advice, iTea&Coffee can help.
How can you get around a lost passcode?
Unfortunately, if the passcode to your i-Device has been forgotten, the only way to recover is to start by resetting your device back to its factory settings - which means everything will be wiped from the device. But it is not all bad news (hopefully!)
Whether you can recover some or all of your device's data will depend on whether you are using iCloud and/or whether you have previously sync'd your device with a computer using iTunes (or at least told your device to 'trust' a computer).
If you have previously sync'd with a computer or established a 'trust' relationship with a computer ...
... you will be able to plug it in to this computer, bring up iTunes, choose the Restore option, and then choose a backup from which to restore. This could be a backup from the computer, or from iCloud. The iOS Setup Assistant will ask which type of backup you would like to restore.
Of course, this is your best case scenario, especially if you have a recent backup.
If you don't have a backup from which to restore, you need to try to take a backup first. This is only possible if your device has previously sync'd with the computer or has just been told to 'trust' the computer. (If neither of these has occurred, you won't get the option to backup or restore.)
If you have previously sync'd with the computer, do a sync and backup before you restore.
If you have previously just told your device to 'Trust' another computer (but have never sync'd with that computer), you can still choose to just backup your device to that computer so that you can restore from that backup. (Just be careful not to sync with that computer if it doesn't contain all the media that was previously sync'd to your device, because you will wipe things you didn't mean to wipe! This can be a real trap for those who don't really understand iTunes and sync'ing.)
Before wiping and restoring your i-Device, you can double-check you have the necessary backup available on your computer by going to iTunes menu, then Preferences (or Properties if you are on Windows), looking at the Devices 'tab' and seeing whether your device's backup is in the list and has the right date and time (see image below)
If you want to double-check the date of your latest iCloud backup, you can go to another device that is connected to that iCloud (if you have one) and go to Settings->iCloud->Storage and Backups->Manage Storage, and touch on the name of the device for which you don't have the passcode. This will tell you when that backup was last taken.
Having checked that you have a backup available, you can then safely choose to Restore, which will wipe the device completely. When the iOS Setup Assistant appears, choose to Restore from iTunes Backup or Restore from iCloud. You should then be able to reset you passcode.
If you have not previously sync'd with a computer, set up a 'trust' relationship or can't access any such computer any more ...
... there are a couple of options.
If you have 'Find my iPhone' turned on for the locked device (through iCloud), you can choose to do a remote wipe of the device, which will restore it to factory settings - and hopefully then allow you to restore from an iCloud backup (if you were backing up the device to iCloud of course!).
If 'Find my iPhone' was not turned on, you will need to use a computer that has iTunes and put your device into something called 'Recovery Mode'. The following are the instructions from the Apple Support website:
If you don't have an iCloud backup but still had iCloud turned on, you will at least get back all of your Contact, Calendar, Reminders, Notes, Safari bookmarks, Photo Stream and Documents & Data as soon as you sign in with your iCloud Apple ID (assuming you had those iCloud features switched on!).
Once I have restored from backup, will my device have everything it previously had?
Backups don't contain content synced to the device, such as movies, music, podcasts, and apps. These are re-downloaded when you sign in to the Store with your Apple ID. Any music that you did not purchase with your Apple ID will be not be restored to your device - you will need to sync with the device from which the music came to re-instate it.
Below is the list of things that do get backed up.
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