Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #134: It’s World Password Day; Why do we still use passwords?

Passwords are easy to implement, but keeping them secure is not that simple. On World Password Day, Josh and Kirk discuss how passwords might be replaced by other means of authentication. And they discuss the UK’s covid-19 contact tracing app which raises privacy concerns, a Facebook bug that caused lots of apps to fail, why you should always check that auto-completed email address, and more.

Check out The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

Get to Know Your Mac’s System Preferences

There are lots of settings, preferences, and options on the Mac, and many of these settings are organized in one app: System Preferences. You can access this app from the Apple menu, and it offers a plethora of options for customizing your Mac’s environment, and many of its features.

In this article, I’m going to show you how to use the System Preferences app, how to customize its display, and how to change essential settings for your Mac.

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.

Use Your iPad as Your Mac’s Second Screen with Sidecar

One of the more useful features in macOS Catalina is Sidecar, which allows you to use your iPad as a second display for your Mac. This is practical if you want to work on a document on your iPad using the Apple Pencil, or if you want to be able to show something from your Mac to a colleague or client without them needing to look over your shoulder. And if you work on a laptop, having that additional screen space for occasional or even regular usage can make your work a lot smoother.

In this article, I’ll show you how you can use Sidecar to extend your Mac’s display.

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #133: Don’t Share Your Apple ID (so a Friend Can Watch Apple TV+)

Getting a text message on an iOS device can crash your iPhone or iPad; but it can’t do any more harm than that. Apple has released a beta version of iOS with its coronavirus notification API, but Americans don’t trust tech companies. And we talk about Apple TV+, and how you should never share your Apple ID so friends can watch shows with your account.

Check out The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

Apple Watch Tips: 8 Things You Didn’t Know It Could Do

If you have an Apple Watch, you certainly know about its marquee features. It can track your activity and prod you to exercise more, using its three rings. You can use it to make and receive phone calls and text messages. And you can get notifications for calendar events, reminders, and updates from your favorite apps. You can use it for Apple Pay to quickly buy a cup of coffee or a book. You can use Siri to have your watch react to your voice commands and provide you with information. And you can check the time, with one of dozens of customizable watch faces, where you can add complications to provide data and quick access to apps and features.

But the Apple Watch – which is more a wrist computer than a timepiece – has lots of great features you may not know about. In this article, I’m going to highlight eight things you probably didn’t know you could do with your Apple Watch. Some use built-in apps and features, and some use third-party apps. Read on to find out how to make your Apple Watch do a lot more.

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #132: Zero Day, Compromised Ad Servers, and the New iPad Magic Keyboard

Every day is zero day in the security world. Researchers have found some serious vulnerabilities in iOS that affect the Mail app, and a fix is coming. Compromised ad servers allow cybercriminals to serve malware on respected websites. And we discuss the new Magic Keyboard for iPad, which turns the iPad into a new computing device.

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The Magic Keyboard Turns the iPad into a New Computing Device

The iPad has never been a “real” computer, but has always challenged the very idea of what a computer is. We have computers on our desks, on our laps, in our pockets, and on our wrists, though we don’t use that term for all of them. The iPad has always been a hybrid: it can work on a desk, with or without a stand, and with an optional keyboard, or we can hold it in our hands, touching, tapping, and swiping.

It has evolved from Steve Jobs’ original vision to support a stylus, and now Apple’s Magic Keyboard takes the device in ways that couldn’t have been imagined when the first iPad was released ten years ago.

This new keyboard, with built-in trackpad, blurs the lines between computer and tablet, and between macOS and iOS (or, more correctly, since last year, iPadOS, with it’s unique features that set it apart from the operating system used on the iPhone and iPod touch).

The Magic Keyboard is the next step in shifting the definition of what a computer is. This device goes further than the company’s previous iPad keyboard case to include a trackpad, and has a clever way of holding the iPad firmly in the air, allowing it to tilt to different angles (though the tilting is limited).

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.

How to Do Everything with the HomePod

As smart speakers go, Apple’s HomePod has a few points that make it stand out. It has better sound than most Alexa and Google Home devices. There are a number of smart speakers made by audio companies that focus on sound quality, and that include the ability to use one or more of the voice assistants, but the HomePod is the only smart speaker that uses Siri. If you’re in the Apple ecosystem, this is a compelling reason to use it.

In this article, I’m going to tell you what you can do with your HomePod: how you can tell it to play music, give you information, make phone calls, and more.

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.

Master Your Apple Watch with the New Book Take Control of Apple Watch

Tc apple watchI’ve been using the Apple Watch since the very first version, and while much of the device is easy to use, there are lots of hidden features that aren’t as simple. Jeff Carlson’s new Take Control of Apple Watch is the most comprehensive book about the Apple Watch since the device was released.

Jeff walks you through getting to know the Apple Watch (including how to pick one out if you haven’t already), along with topics that teach you how to navigate among the watch’s screens with the physical controls, taps on the screen, and Siri. You’ll also find advice on customizing watch faces, taking advantage of the always-on screen in the Apple Watch Series 5, getting the notifications you want, handling text and voice communications, using Apple’s core apps, and monitoring your heart rate, hearing, and monthly cycle to improve your overall health. A final chapter discusses taking care of your Apple Watch, including recharging, restarting, resetting, and restoring.

Among the many topics covered in the book are:

  • Picking out your own Apple Watch—covers models up through Series 5
  • Important actions you’ll want to take when first setting up your watch
  • Making watch face complications work for you
  • Key settings that most people will want to know about
  • Using the Control Center and Dock
  • Understanding how the watch interacts with your iPhone
  • Staying connected using a cellular-enabled Apple Watch model
  • Tracking your exercise, even when you leave your iPhone at home
  • Placing and receiving phone calls on the watch
  • Using the Walkie-Talkie feature to chat with other Apple Watch owners
  • Sending default (and customized) text messages
  • Seeing email from only certain people
  • Adding items to your reminder lists with Siri
  • Glancing at what’s next in your daily schedule
  • Loading your watch with photos and using them to create new watch faces
  • Triggering the iPhone’s camera remotely using the watch
  • Paying at contactless terminals using Apple Pay
  • Putting tickets in your watch
  • Using health-related features such as the ECG, Cycle Tracking, and Noise apps
  • Getting navigation directions (and using the new Compass app)
  • Controlling an Apple TV, or Music or iTunes on a Mac with the Remote app
  • Unlocking a Mac (and authenticating certain actions in Catalina) with your watch
  • Adding apps to the watch via your iPhone or the watch’s built-in App Store
  • Resetting a messed-up Apple Watch and force-quitting an app

Get Take Control of Apple Watch.

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #131: Contact Tracing, Phishing, and a New iPhone

Apple has announced a new iPhone SE, a low-priced phone that’s really the iPhone for everyone. Google and Apple are working on a contract tracing app, to help stem the spread of the coronavirus. And Apple users are among those most targeted by phishing. And we inaugurate our new segment, Zoom Zinger, where we highlight security and privacy issues with the Zoom videoconferencing software. (Sorry about the audio; Josh’s recording software crashed, and we had to fall back on our backup Skype recording.)

Check out The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.