Protecting Your iPhone

For a long time, Apple users have had a sense of invincibility – Macs haven’t been victims of massive virus infections.  In short, we’ve – and I include myself – have become a little – no, a LOT – complacent.

Time to wake up and take a hard look at reality.

Let’s just talk about iPhones today.  There are some basic things you should already be doing like setting your phone to lock after a reasonable time period, and updating your OS to take advantage of the latest security “fixes”.

Okay – I just sensed some guilty faces.  It’s easy to get out of the habit of updating your phone, isn’t it?  It’s easy to get out of the habit of just backing up your phone, too, isn’t it? You need to do both of these things – regularly.

But wait – there’s more.  I came across an interesting article in Huffington Post’s Tech section today.  Seems that some iPhone users woke up on Tuesday to find that their iPhones had been hijacked, and were being held for ransom.  The phone was still there – they just couldn’t get into it, and the hijackers were asking for money to return control to them.  The rest of the article gives you a simple solution so that this will never happen to you and your iPhone.  Read it.  Do it.  And back up and update your phone while you’re at it!




Change is Inevitable

Just getting comfy with the latest changes to Gmail?  Well, rumor has it that change is in the air.  <sigh>

To be fair, Google has been willing to change and modify as technology – and the way we use it – continues to change at breakneck speed.  That said, I am still struggling with Google presorting my work emails – it seems capricious and yes, I have worked with it to try to “train” it.

PC Magazine posted an article on May 11, 2014 that you may want to read if you’re a Gmail user – Google Testing Huge Gmail RedesignIt sounds like it may resolve the sorting issue…or maybe just change the way it works.  Stay tuned.

Facebook in the Classroom

I found this interesting article by David Nagel on the Campus Technology website: Can Facebook Make Better Students?  Here at Austin Community College, several teachers have Facebook pages for their  programs, and students sometimes set-up class specific Facebook pages so they can share info (think study group, only virtual).

Is using Facebook helpful for education?  Have you used it?  How did it work for you?

Say a Fond Goodbye to Windows XP

missyouAs of April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP.  Yeah, I know – “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”   Besides the awful grammar, there’s good reason to let go of this attitude, especially when it comes to computers.  This article will tell you why you need take a deep breath…and move on.

Best New Article on iPhone/iPad Tricks and Tips

Found this article from BuzzFeed via Facebook:  Mind-blowing Tricks Every iPhone and iPad User Should Know

Some of these I knew (like hitting the space bar twice for a period), but there were several that I didn’t:

  • How to set your iPad for easier thumb typing.
  • Did you know that you can tell Siri, “Wake me up in three hours”?  Siri will do the math for you, and set the correct alarm.
  • If you turn on Airplane mode, did you know that your iPhone will charge twice as fast? Wish I’d known that over the holidays when I was driving around aimlessly, trying to charge an almost dead phone.
  • You can childproof your iPhone by turning on Guided Access.  We all needed that during holiday visits, didn’t we?

There’s more.  Check it out, and if your favorite iPhone/iPad trick isn’t there, share it with us!

New Google Tips

Here are my tips of the week!

10 Simple Google Calendar Tips

These tips may not be new, but I didn’t know about some of them.  Since I depend on my Google calendar, improving its functionality is always fantastic!  Check it out:

Google Training Center for Round Rock ISD

My old friends over at Round Rock ISD have put together an awesome website with resources for all things Google.  Need to know how to do something?  It’s probably here.  Of course, it’s aimed at RRISD employees, but most of it translates nicely for ACC employees:

Enjoy your Google weekend!