24/4/2021 0 Comments
If you have forgotten your Apple password (the one you use for iCloud and/or iTunes/App /store purchases) - or if you need to change it for some other reason - it is very easy to reset your password directly from your iPad, iPhone or Mac if you have enabled something called 'two-factor authentication' (TFA).
For me, the answer is YES!
I just checked and found that my details have most definitely been stolen, which means that my Name, Phone Number, Date of Birth, Gender, Geographic Location, Employer and Relationship status now freely available to anyone who wants to access this huge stolen list of Facebook user details.
This is a real concern, because I have previously caught out Telstra accepting only a Name, Phone Number and Data of Birth as proof of identity for a password reset for a client. They did not request any other verification, even though they should have.
So how do you check if your own details are on the list of over 500 MILLION Facebook user details that were stolen?
4/3/2021 12 Comments
If you have you been confused about why Apple sometimes shows that your device is in some other location, you are not alone. This article was first published December 2016, and is one of iTandCoffee's 'most read' articles.
In particular, the message you receive says that 'Your Apple ID is being used to sign in to a device near ...' and shows a location that may not be your current location. More recently, the location has shown 'near Melbourne'. It used to show 'near St Kilda Road' (which I am not).
iTandCoffee gets asked about this one on a very regular basis.
When I originally wrote this article, it was my own Mum who was confused by it. Her Messages was failing to complete activation because she kept was choosing the 'Don't Allow' when shown a message on her iPad - a message indicating that someone was attempting to access her account 'near St Kilda Rd'.
This was confusing, given she lived in Clayton - so she she though it best to go with 'Don't Allow' every time it popped up.
Why do I get a message that shows a sign-in has been requested at some other location?
22/2/2021 0 Comments
Over time, there has been a multitude of data breaches - where lists of account credentials have been stolen from businesses like Dropbox, LinkedIn, Adobe, Canva, Houzz and so many more. This means that details of over 10 billion account have been stolen.
The haveibeenpwned.com website allows you to check to see what stolen lists you might appear on.
But there is also another easy way to see which of your online accounts may have been compromised - and which passwords you might want to think about changing asap.
If you need any convincing of the reason why you need to have different passwords for all your online accounts, there is a website that allows you to check if your email address (or username) has been found on any list of stolen credentials.
I just did a check of my own email addresses, and found that my credentials have been stolen from the following well-known sites:
8/11/2019 0 Comments
Every now and then, iTandCoffee sees a Mac user who does not know their Mac's main administrator password. This so often occurs when the Mac has been set up to automatically sign in without requiring entry of a password.
Many of you will have seen press around the recent revelation by Google about a vulnerability that existed briefly in Apple's iOS, a vulnerability that was patched about 6 months ago.
I regularly tell clients how safe they are using an i-Device, that they can't catch a virus or spyware. So I was really concerned when I saw the press reports on this - wondering if I had given my clients a false sense of security.
In recent online news about security, privacy, scams and threats, there have been some scary articles about new threats to millions of Windows users.
Many Mac users think that, by having a password protecting their access to their Mac, they are making their Mac's contents inaccessible to those who should not have access - for example, if the Mac is stolen.
The truth is that, for the majority of Macs, the password will not prevent such access. Your Mac is still vulnerable to unauthorised access if it falls into evil hands.
A recent experience of an iTandCoffee client highlights an important security warning for all of us.
Don't rely on email / text for communicating bank account details, especially for large transfers
If you ever ask someone to transfer money to your bank account, or you are asked to transfer money to someone else - especially where the amount involved is large - be very careful about trusting the bank account details that you provide (or are provided) via email.
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