• May 20, 2021

    Intuit Has Stopped Updating the QuickBooks Online Mac App; Switch to a Web Browser

    If you’re using QuickBooks Online with the service’s Mac app to manage your business’s accounting, you may have seen a message like the one below announcing that Intuit has stopped updating the QuickBooks Online app. This doesn’t affect your QuickBooks Online account, which you can and should use via a Web b... Read more
  • May 6, 2021

    Are You Incurring Technical Debt? Avoid It by Staying Current

    Have you heard the term technical debt? It’s what you incur whenever you delay upgrading software and hardware for too long. It’s like forgetting to brush your teeth regularly and putting off dental checkups. There may be no immediate downside, but the ongoing maintenance and low cost of regular cleanings will likely save you from painful and expensive fillings and root canals. It’s e... Read more
  • May 4, 2021

    Upgrade to iOS 14.5 and watchOS 7.4 to Unlock Face ID iPhones with Your Watch

    You have to feel for Apple sometimes. The company’s engineers put an astonishing amount of work into the hardware and software necessary for Face ID to recognize your face nearly instantly and unlock your iPhone or iPad. Regardless of whether you’re wearing a hat and glasses. Even in the dark. It’s one of those pieces of technology that’s so advanced that it’s indistinguishable from magic. B... Read more
  • March 23, 2021

    When Asking about Phishing Email, Make Sure to Write Separately Too

    Sadly, email is not an entirely reliable communications medium, thanks to spam filters, addressing errors, and server failures. With certain types of email, it’s worth double-checking that a message was seen. One example of that we see is with reports of phishing email, which miscreants use to try to trick you into revealing passwords, credit card info, or other sensitive information. Phishing ... Read more
  • March 9, 2021

    Web Ads: Making the Best of a Lose-Lose Scenario

    Typically, we like to help you solve problems in these articles. But there’s one problem we all face that has no good solution: ads on Web pages. Let us explain the background, after which you can decide how you want to proceed. Put simply, advertising is the economic engine of the Web. Google and Facebook make billions and billions of dollars every quarter, almost entirely on advertising. P... Read more
  • February 18, 2021

    What Are Those Orange and Green Dots in Your iPhone’s Status Bar?

    In iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, Apple added two new status indicators to the right side of the status bar at the top of the screen. They’re designed to give you feedback about what an app is doing. An orange dot indicates that an app is using the microphone, and a green dot means that an app is using the camera (and possibly the microphone as well). They’re subtle and shouldn’t be distracting, but if ... Read more
  • February 9, 2021

    Getting Started with 1Password

    We’ve long recommended that everyone use a password manager like 1Password instead of attempting to memorize or write down passwords. Although there are other password managers, 1Password is the leading solution for Apple users, thanks to a focus on macOS and iOS from its earliest days. 1Password offers numerous benefits, in... Read more
  • January 19, 2021

    5 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Improve Your Digital Security

    Happy New Year! For many of us, the start of a new year is an opportunity to reflect on fresh habits we’d like to adopt. Although we certainly support any resolutions you may have made to get enough sleep, eat healthy, and exercise, could we suggest a few more that will improve your digital security?

    Keep Your Devices Updated

    One of the most important things you can do to protect you... Read more
  • January 7, 2021

    Apple Provides Sensible Device and Data Access Safety Advice

    Our iPhones are the keys to our digital lives, holding our most private photos, conversations, and financial data, among much else. That’s why Apple goes to such lengths to help us protect our privacy and security. But we all have people with whom we share some level of access, whether that means shared photo albums, shared locations, or even shared passcodes. Unfortunately, trusted relationshi... Read more
  • December 15, 2020

    Flash Is Dead—Uninstall Flash Player to Keep Your Mac Secure

    In July 2017, Adobe announced that it would stop distributing and updating Flash Player on December 31st, 2020. Web standards like HTML5 provide a viable alternative to Flash content, and organizations that relied on Flash have had three years to replace it. Because Adobe will no ... Read more