How to Pin/Unpin a Twitter Tweet

Generally speaking, the more you tweet, the further your past tweets move down your profile page. However, Twitter makes it possible to pin a tweet so that it stays at the top of your page until you remove it.

If you use Twitter regularly, you may occasionally post a message that gains attention with other users or that you want to stand out from the rest of your feed.

Generally speaking, the more you tweet, the further your past tweets move down your profile page. However, Twitter makes it possible to pin a tweet so that it stays at the top of your page until you remove it.

Pinning tweets to the top of your Twitter profile will not take more than a few seconds, and you can unpin a tweet or choose a new one to pin in its place at any time. Let’s explore how to do this.

Note! You can only have one pinned tweet at a time. Pinning a new tweet will unpin any tweet you already have pinned.

This is for the iPhone and Android using Twitter

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Pin a Tweet

Twitter’s mobile apps for iOS and Android allow you to pin tweets to your profile. You can also do this on your desktop.

First, open the Twitter app. Make sure you are logged in to your account.

Next, in the top-left corner of the app, tap the three horizontal lines. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Twitter menu

In the menu that opens, select Profile. See below image:

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Accessing your Profile

Your Twitter profile opens. Now, scroll down and find the tweet to pin.

When you find the tweet, at the top-right corner of that tweet, tap the three-dots hamburger menu. See following image:

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Accessing the Tweet menu

From the menu that pops up from the bottom of your phone’s screen, select Pin to profile. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Pin tweet to your Profile

Select Pin in the prompt that appears in the middle of your phone’s screen. See below image:

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Pin your tweet

Your selected tweet is now pinned to your profile page. See following image:

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Your pinned tweet

Unpin a Tweet

To unpin the tweet, scroll to the top of your profile page in Twitter’s mobile app. Then, at the top-right corner of the pinned tweet, tap the three-dots hamburger menu. Refer to below image:

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Accessing your tweet menu

In the menu that appears from the bottom of your phone’s screen, tap Unpin from profile. See below image:

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Accessing Unpin tweet from your Profile

Select Unpin in the prompt. See following image:

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Unpin your tweet

And your tweet disappears from the top area of your Twitter profile.

It’s easy to pin and unpin tweets on Twitter, and you should make use of this feature to display your most important tweet at the top of your profile page.

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How to Delete Screenshots on iPhone and iPad

If your iPhone or iPad storage is full, or you just want to clean up, it’s easy to delete screenshots that you might not need on your device using the built-in Photos app. The latest iOS and iPadOS versions have a separate folder for just screenshots.

If your iPhone or iPad storage is full, or you just want to clean up, it’s easy to delete screenshots that you might not need on your device using the built-in Photos app. The latest iOS and iPadOS versions have a separate folder for just screenshots. Let’s explore how to delete screenshots.

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Accessing Media Types

First, open the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad. If you can not find it, swipe downward with one finger from the middle of the home screen to open Spotlight search. Now, type “photos,” and then tap the Photos app icon. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Photos

For the iPhone: Tap Albums at the bottom of the screen, and then select Screenshots from the Media Types list. See below image:

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Accessing Screenshots for iPhone

For the iPad: In Photos, open the sidebar by tapping Photos in the upper-left corner of the screen. Now, select Screenshots from the Media Types section. See following image:

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Accessing Screenshots for iPad

Delete a Screenshot

Your album of all the screenshots stored on your device will be displayed. To delete a single screenshot, tap its thumbnail to open it in a detailed view. Refer to below image:

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Open a Screenshot

Next, when you have a screenshot open for closer viewing, delete it by tapping the Trashcan icon in the lower-left (iPhone) or upper-right (iPad) corner of the screen. See below image:

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Delete a single Screenshot

Now, you will see a pop-up menu asking to confirm. Just select Delete Photo.

Delete Multiple Screenshots

To delete multiple screenshots, go back to the Screenshots album overview that shows thumbnails of all your screenshots. Next, tap the Select button in the upper-right corner of the screen. See following image:

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Selecting multiple Screenshots

You are now in selection mode. You can select all the screenshots in the album by tapping Select All, or you can select multiple screenshots by tapping their thumbnails. When it’s selected, each photo’s thumbnail will have a small circle with a check mark in the lower-right corner. Refer to below image:

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Your selected Screenshots

You can also quickly select a large number of screenshots by tapping a thumbnail with your finger and holding it down lightly while you drag it halfway down the screen. The screenshot thumbnail list will start scrolling while selecting images. To stop selecting, lift your finger.

When you have selected all the screenshots that you want to delete, tap the Trashcan icon in the corner of the screen. Next, when you are asked to confirm, tap Delete Photos. See below image:

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Delete your selected Screenshots

By default, the screenshots that you just deleted will be permanently removed from your device in 30 days.

Delete All Screenshots

If you want to permanently remove the screenshots sooner, first, navigate to your Recently Deleted album in the Photos app.

  • For the iPhone: Navigate to Albums > Recently Deleted.
  • For the iPad: Open the sidebar and tap Recently Deleted under Utilities.

See following image:

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Open Recently Deleted album

When you see the gallery of your recently deleted screenshot thumbnails, you can individually select and delete them with the Delete button. To delete all Recently Deleted images at once, tap Select in the corner of the screen, and then select Delete All. Refer to below image:

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Delete All Screenshots

Now, when you are asked to confirm, tap Delete Photos. All of your screenshots will be permanently deleted.

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How to Remove All Images in a Word Document

If you need to quickly remove all the images and graphics from a Microsoft Word document, it’s easy to use a built-in option to delete them all at once.

If you need to quickly remove all the images and graphics from a Microsoft Word document, it’s easy to use a built-in option to delete them all at once. Let’s explore how this is done.

This is for devices running Microsoft Word

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The Technique

Microsoft Word includes a feature called Find and Replace to find items in your documents and replace them with something of your choice. Using this feature, you can find all the images in your document and replace them with nothing. This removes the images and leaves a blank space where they were located.

As a slight drawback, this technique will also remove all charts and graphs from your document.

The Removal Process

First, open your document with Microsoft Word. Next, in the menu at the top of the window, click Home. Now, click Replace in the Editing section of the toolbar. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Replace button

Next, in the Find and Replace window, click the Find what box. In this box, type:

^g

(Alternately, you can click the More button, and then select Special and Graphic from the drop-down menu. Word will insert a ^g for you.)

In this case, ^g is a special code that means “graphic.” This “graphic” tag includes all images, charts, or graphs in your document. But no need to worry, you can undo this step later if you remove the images by mistake.

Now, click Replace All at the bottom of the window. See below image:

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Selecting Replace All to remove all images

All images in your document will be removed. A pop-up window will appear denoting the number of images removed. Click OK to close the window. See following image:

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Pop-up window denoting number of images replaced with a blank line

If you want to bring them back, press Ctrl+Z on Windows or Command+Z on Mac to undo the removal process. Or, you can insert images again if necessary. (You may need to edit your document to remove blank lines). Now, save your changes (if any) and exit Word.

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How to Turn Off and Restart an iPhone

Turning off your iPhone seems like it should be a simple task; and it is, provided you remember the specific buttons you are supposed to press to power down your device. The challenge is that Apple has changed the method every few models so that turning off your iPhone on an older device is quite different than what’s required to turn off the newer models.

Turning off your iPhone seems like it should be a simple task; and it is, provided you remember the specific buttons you are supposed to press to power down your device. The challenge is that Apple has changed the method every few models so that turning off your iPhone on an older device is quite different than what’s required to turn off the newer models. Let’s explore how to turn off and on your device.

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To help you turn off your iPhone, there are the different ways you can shut down an iPhone based on Apple’s assorted models. It all comes down to the position of the Sleep/Wake button and whether your iPhone is unlocked with a Passcode, Touch ID, or FaceID.

Sometimes you need to completely shut down your iPhone, perhaps to help with troubleshooting, or to save your battery life during a long period of inactivity, or the device is acting strangely. Fortunately, it’s easy to do.

What is Sleep Mode vs Shutting Down

Normally, when you briefly press the top or side button on your iPhone, the screen on your device turns off, but the iPhone stays running. This is called sleep mode or lock mode. While it turns off the screen, it does not completely power off the device.

In contrast, shutting down your iPhone starts a special software shutdown process where your iPhone cleans up and prepares for power-off. Then, your iPhone turns off completely.

Perform Hardware Shutdown

If you need to turn off your iPhone, the easiest way to do so is by using a hardware button on your device. How to do this varies slightly by model, since certain iPhones include different types of buttons:

  • On iPhones without a Home Button: Simultaneously hold the side button and the volume up or down button for about four seconds until the power-off slider appears on the screen.
  • On iPhones with a Home Button and a Side Button: Hold the side button for a few seconds until the power-off slider appears.
  • On iPhones with a Home Button and a Top Button: Press and hold the top button until the power-off slider appears.

Refer to below image:

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Apple

When the Slide to Power Off slider appears, swipe your finger to the right. See below image:

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Hardware shut down

Now, your iPhone will shut down and power off completely.

Perform Shutdown via Settings

First, open Settings on your iPhone. See following image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, in the Settings app, tap General. Refer to below image:

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Accessing General option

Now, on the General page, scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap Shut Down. See below image:

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Accessing Shut Down option

When the Slide to Power Off slider appears, swipe your finger to the right. See following image:

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Software shut down

Now, your iPhone will shut down and power off completely.

Restart

If you just powered off, waiting 10 seconds is a good rule of thumb before a restart.

For newer models, (12, 11, 10), press and quickly release the volume up button, press and quickly release the volume down button, then press and hold the side button. When the Apple logo appears, release the button.

For iPhone SE (2nd generation), 8, 7, or 6, press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo, then release the button.

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How to Use Safety Check in Google Chrome

Google Chrome offers a tool that lets you perform a checkup to secure your web browsing.

Google Chrome offers a tool that lets you perform a checkup to secure your web browsing. Let’s explore this feature.

This is for devices running Google Chrome. Screenshots are from Windows 10 PC

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First, launch the Chrome web browser on your Windows 10, Mac, Chrome OS, or Linux computer and click the three-dot (hamburger icon) located in the top-right corner. Refer to below image:

Selecting the hamburger icon

Next, click on Settings from the drop-down menu. See below image:

Selecting the Settings option

Now, scroll down to find the Safety Check section and click the Check Now option. See following image:

Selecting the Check Now option

Next, Chrome will kick off the Safety Check test. Depending on how much browsing data you have, this can take anywhere from a few seconds to a couple of minutes. When finished, just click the Review option by any listing. Refer to below image:

Selecting the Review button

In this process, Chrome scans a total of four core modules to look for any malicious code. It will make sure that the browser app is on the most recent version for protection against the latest internet viruses and that all of your installed third-party extensions are harmless. It will also check whether any of your saved passwords have been compromised in a data breach and that Safe Browsing, a setting that warns you against suspicious sites, is enabled.

Once the Safety Check is complete, Chrome will pull up shortcuts for anything that may need your immediate attention, such as reviewing compromised credentials.

After running Safety Check on my PC, it found comprised passwords. See below image where we are displaying three of them:

Viewing Comprised Passwords

After taking the recommended steps, you can also run the Safety Check again to ensure that your new security settings are active.

There’s another feature you can use by switching on Enhanced Safe Browsing, an advanced mode that allows Google to assess your browsing for potential threats and suggest privacy-focused improvements. However, we do not recommend using this option because you are choosing to share a copy of your browsing data with Google.

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How to Bookmark Multiple Tabs in Safari

Safari on the iPhone and iPad has a hidden feature that lets you quickly bookmark all open websites to a single folder. To keep things as you had left it, quickly bookmark all the tabs in Safari using this feature.

Safari on the iPhone and iPad has a hidden feature that lets you quickly bookmark all open websites to a single folder. To keep things as you had left it, quickly bookmark all the tabs in Safari using this feature.

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First, open the Safari app on your iPhone or iPad and then tap the URL bar. Here, enter a URL and then press the Go button to open the website. Repeat this process to open all of the websites that you want to bookmark at once. Refer to below image:

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Entering a URL to save

Method 1 – Closing a Few Bookmarks

If you already have websites open, tap the Tabs button, and close any webpage that you do not want to bookmark.

Method 2 – Closing All Bookmarks

If you have lots of open bookmarks, tap and hold the Bookmarks button and then view the Add Bookmarks For X Tabs option. You may want to close all, then add tabs using the above process. (In my example. I am closing 208 and adding 4 bookmarks). Once you have done this, select the Add Bookmarks For X Tabs option.

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How To Close Safari Tabs Automatically on iPhone or iPad

See below image:

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Adding bookmarks you have saved

Creating a New Bookmarks Folder

Now, from the next page, give the new folder a name. By default, Safari will save the folder in Favorites but you can tap the button to see all available locations.

Next, after choosing the folder, tap the Save button. (In my example, I entered a new folder of New Bookmarks with 4 tabs). See following image:

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Creating a new bookmarks folder

Safari has now saved all of your open tabs. To access the tabs later, tap the Bookmarks button from the bottom toolbar. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the bookmarks

Now, locate the folder where you saved the bookmarks. Then tap and hold the folder to see the options. See below image:

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Accessing your new bookmarks folder

Deletion Process

Next, tap the Open In New Tabs button to reopen all of the tabs. Also, you can tap the Delete button to delete the folder. See following image:

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Open or Delete bookmark(s)

Now, select a tab to see its options, then tap the Delete option to delete the bookmark. Note! If you do not select a bookmark and press Delete, all your tabs will be deleted, so be careful. Refer to below image:

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Delete a bookmark

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How to Name Chrome Windows for Alt+Tab and Taskbar

If you keep many Google Chrome windows open to organize your tabs like me, you can go one step further and name each window. Chrome’s built-in naming feature makes it easy to remember the windows name in the Taskbar or the overview screen (Alt+Tab).

If you keep many Google Chrome windows open to organize your tabs like me, you can go one step further and name each window. Chrome’s built-in naming feature makes it easy to remember the windows name in the Taskbar or the overview screen (Alt+Tab).

The Windows naming feature was introduced in Chrome 90 and is available for Chrome on Windows 10, Mac, and Linux. It is easy to use and can save you from opening the wrong window.

This is for devices running Chrome 90. Screenshots are from Windows 10

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First, launch Chrome and open a Chrome window. Next, click the three-dot menu (the hamburger) icon in the top-right of the Chrome window. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the main menu

Now, from the drop-down menu, select More Tools. See below image:

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Selecting More Tools option

Next, from the expanded options, click Name Window. If you don’t see this, you are not running Chrome 90. To check your Chrome version, go to:

Click the three-dot menu (the hamburger) icon > Help > About Google Chrome

Now, your Google version will be displayed. Google should auto update to the latest version.

See following image for your expanded options:

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Accessing Name window option

A pop-up text box will appear. Now, enter the name for the window and click OK. Refer to below image:

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Naming your window

Alternatively, you can right-click the title bar of the Chrome window and select Name Window from the drop-down menu and go through the process of assigning it a name. See below image:

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Accessing Name window option from title bar

You will now see this name in the Alt+Tab on Windows 10. See following image:

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Your Alt+Tab named window

Additionally, this name will appear in the Taskbar on Windows 10. Refer to below image:

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Your Taskbar named window

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Mitch Kapor

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How to Set Your Music App Using Siri on iPhone and iPad

In iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 or higher you can train Siri to learn your go-to music app. Siri will ask you which audio app you would like to use and remembers your choice.

In iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 or higher you can train Siri to learn your go-to music app. Siri will ask you which audio app you would like to use and remembers your choice.

This if for the iPhone and iPad running iOS or iPadOS 14 or higher

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First, update your iOS/iPadOS to 14 or higher. Next, launch Siri. On newer Apple devices, you can do this by saying “Hey Siri” (if you have it turned on) or long-press the Side/Top/Power button on your iPhone or iPad with Face ID. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Power button

On older iPhones or iPads with a Touch ID sensor, long-press the Home button.

Now, Siri will start listening for a voice command when you see its icon appear on-screen. Ask your phone or tablet to play a song, artist, podcast, or audiobook. For example, you can say “Play Carole King,” or “Play Horse With No Name,” or “Listen to the Vergecast.” See below image:

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Siri enabled and listening

Next, your device will ask you which music or audio app you would like to listen to the song, artist, podcast, or audiobook on. Tap the app that you would like to use. See following image:

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Select an audio app

Occasionally, Siri might ask for your permission to access an app’s data before it can control playback. Just grant the voice assistant permission by tapping the Yes button from the pop-up screen. Refer to below image:

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Giving permission to access app

Now, Siri’s on-screen overlay will transform into an audio widget. You can control playback, volume, and more from this window. Tapping outside of the widget will make it disappear, but your music, audio, or podcast will continue playing in the background. See below image for the jazz song “Touching Peace.”

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Siri audio widget

For the full playback screen from Apple Music, see following image:

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Siri audio widget in full screen

From now on, if you ask Siri to play a song or audio program, your device will default to whichever app you selected. It will no longer automatically open the Apple Music app.

As mentioned, setting the default music app is not a setting “baked” into your device. On occasion, Siri might prompt you to reselect which audio app you would like to use to help train the Voice Assistant.

Also, you are not locked into only using the app you just chose. Instead, you can be specific in your command to Siri to open a song, artist, podcast, or audiobook in a particular app that you have installed on your device. For example, you can say, “Listen to 1984 by George Orwell in Audible.”

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Five Real Life Samples of Malware

Chances are good you will never seen malware up close and personal. Even if you threw caution to the winds and visited a dangerous site or clicked a treacherous link, your antivirus software probably wiped out any offending program before the latter could say boo. So, you might wonder, just what does malware look like? Would I even recognize a malware program if I saw it?

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Chances are good you will never seen malware up close and personal. Even if you threw caution to the winds and visited a dangerous site or clicked a treacherous link, your antivirus software probably wiped out any offending program before the latter could say boo. So, you might wonder, just what does malware look like? Would I even recognize a malware program if I saw it?

To be fair, a lot of malicious programs do not look like anything at all. A virus, for example, tries its best to hide from view while infecting other files and computers. A bot sits quietly on your computer until it gets orders from the command and control center to spew some spam or participate in a DDoS attack on a major website. Trojans, by contrast, appear to be useful, legitimate programs, putting up a pretty façade to hide background activities like stealing your personal data. And when ransomware hollers for your attention, it’s bad news.

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The Horror of Ransomware

If a ransomware attack hits your computer, you will not know it at first. The ransomware stays out of sight, quietly encrypting your important files. Once the dirty work is done, the malware totally demands your attention with its ransom note. The perpetrators promise that if you pay the specified ransom (usually in Bitcoin or some other cryptocurrency) you will get your files back, but if they take your money and run, you do not have any recourse. You really do not want a direct encounter with ransomware.

Malware Bundled

Sometimes the problem with an installation is notthe program itself, but the software that’s bundled with it. You may find completely legitimate software—even antivirus programs; bundled with adware, spyware, or other unwanted trash. In a case like that, the security vendor is not to blame. A third party created the deceptive bundle. AppEsteem is a young company with a mission to expose these deceptors and to warn legitimate companies when they stray too far toward the dark side of bundling.

The installer shown here offers a free player for FLV video files. Along with the player you are privileged to receive a shady Adware program masquerading as a coupon browser. There’s a checkbox that says you agree to its terms; uncheck the box and you can not proceed. No video player for you! The best thing that can happen with this kind of bundling is that you’re forced to install a program you did not want. Mostly it’s worse than that, because the bundled bonus is malware. Refer to below image:

Malware 2
Bundled Malware

Now here’s something handy; a multi-utility install program. If you read Russian, you know it’s “the fastest and most convenient way to install programs.” Just check the boxes for the ones you want and turn the installer loose. The list includes browsers, messenger programs, video players, even antivirus utilities. But when you install them, you also get a dose of malware. See below image:

Malware 3
Utility Pack Malware

Trojan Horses

Here, we have a sharp-looking utility designed, apparently, to ensure that your PC does not limp along with old, outdated drivers. However, if you try to update any drivers, or back up your existing drivers, you must pay. This is a model used both by some legitimate programs and by rogue antivirus scareware utilities. Lucky you, though: there’s a promotional price that ends today. Its overt activities are just a wee bit suspicious. See following image:

Malware 4
Driver Malware

Want to get into smartphone repair? This set of tools and manuals looks like it might be a big help. Alas, you ca not see just what you’re getting until you pay for your registration. While you are perusing schematics, it collects personal information behind the scenes and takes orders for further unwanted activity from a remote command and control server. Refer to below image:

Malware 5
Smartphone Malware

You probably do not know this, but the EXE files that represent programs on your Windows computer are also called PE files, short for Portable Executable. Every PE file starts with an extensive header that contains a ton of information telling Windows about the program. Malware researchers learn a lot by digging into that header. See below image:

Malware 6
Portable Executable Malware

Lets Hope You Don’t See These

As you can see, malicious programs, like legitimate programs, run the gamut from sad-looking attempts to totally professional ones. With any luck, and with powerful, up-to-date antivirus protection, these images are the only malware you will ever see. Malware is just one of many threats to your devices and private information.

The best utility for finding Malware on your device is Malwarebytes, download here.

Email/Phone Scams

A few reminders to keep the bad guys away in your emails and phone calls:

  • Do not click that link. Instead hover your mouse over each element of the email and look for anything suspicious. If suspicious, do not click that link – per my son, VP at True Digital Security.
  • Do not open emails from FedX, USPS, Wells Fargo, Walmart, Cox Communications, Thank You, SSA, or VA if you have no dealings with them. They will contact you by mail not by phone.
  • Do not give out personal informati0n over the phone. If you need to contact someone, you initiate the call.
  • Never buy gift cards or give out their serial number.
  • If your Userid or Password has been leaked in a data breech, change them as soon as possible.

Quote For the Day

I don’t pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about.

Arthur C Clarke

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What is Find My Network for Apple Devices?

If you lose your Apple device or an object tagged with an AirTag, you can utilize a network of hundreds of millions of Apple devices with Bluetooth to help get it back.

If you lose your Apple device or an object tagged with an AirTag, you can utilize a network of hundreds of millions of Apple devices with Bluetooth to help get it back. Let’s explore this feature.

This is for Apple devices. Screenshots are from Apple and iPhone XR

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What is Find My Network

Apple’s Find My network is a crowdsourced method of locating your lost iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, AirPods, Apple Watch, or Mac. You can also use it to locate lost items that have AirTags attached to them. It’s available as a free service to Apple device owners.

The Find My network utilizes Bluetooth sensors on hundreds of millions of Apple products to report the location of missing Apple devices around them. When an Apple device on the network detects a missing Apple device nearby, it reports the lost item’s approximate location back to the device’s owner through the Internet.

What About Privacy

You might think that with a network of almost a billion Apple devices reporting back on the location of lost items, there might be some privacy issues. However, Apple has taken privacy into account when designing this network.

Apple has worked to avoid privacy issues whenever possible, engineering a system that utilizes end-to-end encryption while also transmitting anonymized data to keep your device’s location known only to you while also keeping your identity and location private when using a device that’s active in the Find My network. According to Apple, neither it nor third parties can access the location of your devices on the Find My network. Only the person seeking the lost device can see the item’s location. Hey, if you don’t trust Apple, who can you trust? I am pessimistic on this feature.

Apple’s AirTags do pose more of a privacy risk, but Apple has taken steps to make it harder to track people who use AirTags without their knowledge. Time will tell if those measures are sufficient.

Setup the Feature

To do so on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, navigate to:

Settings > Apple ID > Find My > Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

and tap to turn the Find My network switch On. While here, turn On the Find My <device>, for example, Find My iPhone as shown below. Now, exit Settings. Refer to below image:

Network 1
Enabling the feature

How to Use the Feature

For you to use the Find My network your lost item or AirTag must first have Find My enabled and also be registered to your Apple ID. To locate the item, open the Find My app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Mac. Choose the devices tab, tap the device’s name, and you will see its location on a map. If you can’t see it, you can mark the device as lost and hope that someone finds it later and returns it to you. See below image from Apple:

Network 2
Map of lost device – per Apple

Can I Opt Out

Even though the Find My network does not represent a privacy issue for most people (unless you work in a sensitive, high-security field, we recommend that you keep it enabled), you can still turn it off (and opt out) if you would like.

To do so on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, navigate to:

Settings > Apple ID > Find My > Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

and tap to turn the Find My network switch to Off. Now, exit Settings. See following image:

Network 3
Disabling the feature

To opt out of Find My network on a Mac, open:

System Preferences > Apple ID > iCloud

and then click the Options button beside Find My Mac. In the pop-up window, click the Turn Off button beside Find My network.

Keep in mind that if you turn off the Find My network feature not only will your device’s Bluetooth sensors stop assisting others in locating lost devices, but also, you will not be able to take advantage of its benefits if you lose your device.

Throttled Back

Although not a part of this feature, Apple has been noted in recent lab tests to have “throttled back” (reduced speed) in iOS 14.5.1 on iPhone models 10, 11,and 12. You have to wait for the next iOS update for Apple to fix this issue.

Quote For the Day

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Thomas A. Edison

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