Avoid Ransom Requests with a Unique iCloud Password

We’ve been hearing reports from people whose Macs have been locked remotely via Find My Mac, with the criminals responsible holding access to the Mac hostage until they receive a ransom in Bitcoin. First, if this happens to you, do not pay the ransom! Any Apple Authorized Service Provider or Apple Store can unlock your Mac for you if you bring it in and provide proof of purchase. Second, if you ever used your iCloud password on another site, change it immediately, since if that site was hacked, your iCloud account is now vulnerable. Unfortunately, Apple’s two-factor authentication, which is otherwise great, does not currently protect against this problem! Learn more at TidBITS.

Photos, Photos and iPhoto.

Remember when we all went to the store to get film developed? We had to wait like 2 weeks for the chemical process to take the negatives, and we would just sit and wait and hope they would come out good? Those days are long past us. Since we all use digital cameras, and mobile devices to take photos now – where is the right place for them to be stored? You wouldn’t want to lose all those photos of your child’s first birthday would you?
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Help I’ve lost my iPhone!

Does this sound familiar “Honey, where’s my iPhone?” only to remember you left it in a cab? Never good. All those pictures of your dog, notes, and candy crush scores – gone forever…or is it?

Let’s talk about how to make sure that you don’t lose that data if you lose your phone. We’ve already discussed the cloud (if you haven’t read it please do first). Today we will go deeper into iCloud, Apples syncing protocol that will save your butt!
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“The Cloud” explained

“What is the Cloud”? Wow, do we get this a lot. Ok strap in this will take a bit.

In it’s truest form the cloud is any computer that’s on the Internet. What that means for you is that things you used to only do on your computer in your home can now be done over the Internet. The “cloud” can really mean so many things when in reference to what it does. Some examples are Apples iCloud (syncing), Microsoft Azure (computing), and Dropbox (storage).
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