Tips, tricks and recommendations: May 2019
In this issue:
- In Focus: Computer Security Revisited
- App of the Month: Apple's "Files"
- Mac Tech Tip: How to use keyboard shortcuts
- iPhone/iPad Tech Tip: How to close all tabs in Safari
- About migformac
I strongly recommend that you err on the side of caution regarding online communication! Think before you click! NEVER call numbers that appear on your computer screen! Delete suspicious emails before opening them!
Below are a few tips to keep you safe in your virtual world. Don't forget to back up your data on iCloud and/or an external hard drive!
Use caution and discretion when reading & answering email. Do not open links and attachments in emails unless you're expecting them. Always look at the "FROM" line to confirm the identity of sender, especially with suspicious emails. Never respond to emails that threaten to close accounts or fix a computer virus. Be smart and careful!
THE APPLICATIONS FOLDER
Check the Applications folder (on Apple computers) regularly to see if there are unwanted apps installed. (MacKeeper is one of the worst!) Don't download 3rd party applications that you don't need. Be on the lookout for unfamiliar apps in the Applications folder. Use pre-installed apps as much as possible.
We've all used a dog-eared piece of paper or a little book for our passwords, but password managers (LastPass, 1Password, Dashlane) are the best tools for creating and storing strong passwords. I use Last Pass, and I couldn't live without this password manager to store and update all of my passwords and other confidential, critical information.
THE APPLICATIONS FOLDER
First, you have to turn on iCloud Drive. On a Mac, go to System Preferences--iCloud--iCloud Drive--Options. Check the 1st box: Desktop and Documents Folders. On an iPhone/iPad, go to Settings--your name at top--iCloud--iCloud Drive. Once these are both turned on, then you will be able to view and open any files that have been saved to your Desktop or Documents folder directly from your mobile device. Thankfully, it does not download all files to your mobile device, just the ones you select. Once you touch the file, it will begin downloading to your iPhone or iPad. Great way to access and edit important documents when you are not at home!
And now for the very best keyboard shortcut!! COMMAND-Z is to undo. Saves me from my mistakes every time!
- Open Safari on your Apple mobile device.
- Look for the "blue square on top of another blue square" icon on the bottom toolbar. Press and hold that icon.
- Choose "Close All Tabs" which is the top option. (See image below)
Voila! All tabs are gone!
Feel free to call or email me if you have questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.