This last fortnight has seen its usual share of security and scam alerts, but a couple really stood out as noteworthy for iTandCoffee readers. I have also included a third, about a Paypal email scam email that had a new 'flavour'.
Millions of Yahoo accounts hacked!
For those of you with Yahoo email accounts, make sure your read this article about the theft of the account details at least 500 million users by hackers.
If you have a Yahoo email address, consider updating your security across all your online accounts.
Here is another article published recently on the topic of online security: How to stay safer online - adding an extra layer of protection
A different PayPal scam email this week
This week, I received a different 'flavour' of scam email about PayPal.
This one alleges that a new email address has been added to my PayPal account!
Once again, don't be caught out by scams like this. the first sign is that it says Dear Customer.
The email address that it cam from was also dodgy.
But even it it did include my name and the 'From' address look legitimate, I would never click on the attachment or link in the email.
I would to to the PayPal website, log in from there, and check if there were any alerts or messages.
Please share your news of other scams
Have you received, or seen news of, another scam that you would like to warn others about? Please feel free to leave a comment about this scam, and we look at featuring it in a future article.
So many people are struggling to deal with the changes that Telstra is making to all of our Bigpond mail accounts over the next few month. I have experienced this bewilderment about what to do amongst members of my own family!
The article on this topic that iTandCoffee published a couple of months ago has had thousands of hits from Telstra customers seeking further information.
iTandCoffee has now recorded a couple of videos to provide further assistance to those who are trying to work out what needs to be done to update their iPad, iPhone and/or Mac.
If you would like to receive access to one or both of these videos, please provide your details below for the relevant videos. You will need to separately request the iPad/iPhone and Mac versions of the video.
For those wanting to know how to set up Telstra Mail on other devices (eg Outlook on Windows), here is Telstra's web page that includes instructions.
Boy, did we cover a lot in the Free Friday held on 16/9/16 for iTandCoffee Club members!
Thanks to everyone who came along.
Here is the list of topics that we discussed.
Select the button below to view the video of this 1-hour+ session.
(You will need to be a member of the iTandCoffee Club. If you are not yet a member, find out more about the club here.)
Join our next FREE FRIDAY!
The next FREE FRIDAY for iTandCoffee Members will be held on Friday, October 21, 12 - 1pm.
For this session, we will have the 'topic of the day':
What's new in iOS 10 on the iPad and iPhone
This is sure to be popular, so get your bookings in early! iTandCoffee Club members can attend for FREE. Non-members are also welcome - cost is $30 per person, payable on the day.
Or, why not Join The Club to come to more FREE FRIDAYs like this, and access all sorts of content on the iTandCoffee website - videos and slideshows of content, a huge number of Handy Hints, and more.
Readers of this blog will know that I recently featured a clever little device that plugs into your car's cigarette lighter, has 2 USB ports, and can store the location of where you park your car.Well, today I discovered that Apple has now rendered my nifty little device almost redundant with one of the new features of iOS 10.
My iPhone can now tell me where I parked my car - even without that additional device that I purchased! I can ask Siri 'Where is my car?'. How good is that!
This is just one of the features that I have found noteworthy in iOS 10.
Below are some others that I will definitely make use of - and I am sure there will be more to come, as I play with iOS 10 more and more. iTandCoffee Club members can tap/click on 'More Details›' for some of the items below to find out more about the feature. (If you are not yet a member, find out more about The iTandCoffee Club here.)
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Early this year, I purchased an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil - figuring that I needed to trial these new products, to determine whether it is worth recommending them to others.
I really didn't think that I needed this new iPad. I loved the idea of the Apple Pencil, but worried that I wouldn't make enough use of it to justify the cost. I was wrong!
I very quickly fell in love with my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, using them every day to take client notes and draw diagrams for classes. I have the larger version of iPad Pro, and love its size as well. I love looking at photos on its stunning screen.
My app of choice for hand-writing my client notes on my iPad Pro is Evernote.
All my client notes are in a 'Client Notes' Notebook in Evernote, meaning that these Notes are accessible from all of my devices - iPhone, iPad, iMac, Macbook, Windows laptop, and Android device. (Yes, I have all of these! Crazy, I know). I can view notes in alphabetical order, date created or updated order, and I can even search for words or phrases in these hand-written notes. Yes, Evernote can recognise text in handwritten notes and images.
(If you want to find out more about Evernote, we have a class for that - click here for details! If you can't get to iTandCoffee, but are interested in this class, we have an online video of the class - here are details of how to access this Evernote class video)
I find being able to hand-write notes during appointments with clients is so much more natural (and less 'obtrusive' during the appointment) than typing. The ability to describe what I am teaching with diagrams is also an amazing aid. 'Rubbing out' mistakes makes it easy to keep my notes nice and tidy, and I can even add colour and highlighting to emphasise areas of the notes. At the end of the appointment, I print and/or send the notes to the client - something that my clients have loved.
Now, all of my client 'files' are paperless and accessible from any device, and from anywhere.
Using the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to fill in standard forms during client visits
Since falling in love with my own iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, I have shown many professional clients how this combination of Apple technology can be an amazing tool for capturing their own client notes - notes from consultations that might otherwise be hand-written on paper and filed manually.
Many clients I speak to have a standard form that they fill out during client consultations - and this is something that they would need to replicate on the iPad Pro for it to really work for them as a pen and paper replacement.
The good news is that this is absolutely possible.
In honour of Seniors week in October, iTandCoffee will be hosting FREE one-hour information sessions on the topic 'Staying Safe Online'.
In these sessions, we will look at the various online threats, how to detect them, how to protect yourself and what to do if you get 'caught out'.
Two options will be available in the week 3-9 October;
Seniors card holders only. Bookings are essential - numbers are strictly limited.
This week (like many other weeks), I received my usual array of junk emails and text messages.
One of the text messages that I received is shown here in the image.
This is something so many of us suffer with - and I am regularly asked what can be done about blocking such junk and spam.
While so many Junk emails end up in our Inboxes, in some cases it is legitimate emails go into Junk. I know in my own case, this once caused me to miss a very important email about registering the iTandCoffee Trademark, and cost me and extra $200 because I didn't see it in time to complete the registration process. How do you stop legitimate mail from being deemed 'Junk'?
Lets look at several aspects to the junk/spam mail and text issue.
This week saw Apple announce its latest iPhones, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The big news about these new phones was
News about the new products
Every week, there are new reports of major security breaches. Recently, there were reports that cloud storage company Dropbox was a victim of a major hack in which 68 million account email addresses and passwords were potentially compromised.
Here is an article about this breach from Macworld.
If you have a Dropbox account and have received the notification to change your password, I would strongly recommend that you act on this as soon as possible.
If you have not yet set up something called 'two-step verification' on your Dropbox account, now is the time to do this as well.
What is two step verification?
9/9/2016 2 Comments
You have most likely heard the news this week that Apple has announced its next iPhone model, as well as an next generation Apple Watch.
In addition to these new products, Apple also announced that its next major upgrade of iOS on hour iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches. iOS 10 will be released on September 13th.
Here is information from local and international press about iOS 10 and what it will offer.
Is my device going to be able to be upgraded to iOS 10?
When should I upgrade?
As usual, iTandCoffee recommends that, unless you are super-keen the grab the 'latest and greatest', it is best to hold off for at least a couple of weeks (or perhaps longer) before downloading and installing the upgrade.
Quite often, the initial versions of an upgrade have teething problem - and you may prefer to allow other people to discover these problems and wait until Apple has released its subsequent 'update' release (or releases).
The fortnightly iTandCoffee newsletter will keep you updated on news of the stability (or otherwise) of iOS 10, and will provide a recommendation on when it is safe to go ahead and upgrade.
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