Category Archives: Mobile Computing

Smart Phone Security

On April 17, 2016, the CBS show 60 Minutes presented a segment by Sharyn Alforsi on how hackable smart phones are. It’s a pretty alarming report and I’d highly recommend that you watch it first before you continue to read this post. The purpose of this post is my attempt to put this report into …

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Wi-Fi Sense in Windows 10

Now that Windows 10 is available for upgrade, there is a new feature that you should know about prior to upgrading your system to Windows 10. The new feature is called Wi-Fi Sense. Wi-Fi Sense allows you to share your Wi-Fi network credentials with friends and family without explicitly giving them the credentials. When enabled, Wi-Fi Sense copies …

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Cleaning out the Cobwebs – Groundhog edition

Periodically, I’ve collect enough varied topics for the Helpdesk that I need to clear them out.  Since the groundhog has just seen his shadow in Punxsutawney, PA (the only true weather prognosticating groundhog), here’s my latest attempt to clean out the cobwebs: Hackers steal over a billion passwords There was a Lifehacker story from last …

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Privacy and secure data

James Comey, the Director of the FBI in a 60 Minutes interview last night discussed the issues with Apple and Google’s new restriction that doesn’t permit them to respond to a federal warrant since the data on one’s phone can now be encrypted without either Apple or Google having access to the key. Here’s the segment from 60 …

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iPhone battery life

Since the first iPhone was released a few years ago, there has been a consistent issue that has upset users about the iPhone more than any other. That issue has been poor battery life. Let’s put this into a little perspective first. The smart phone is a very powerful and feature rich computer.  Start with the fact that its …

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Cleaning out the cobwebs …

When I find topics to discuss on this blog, I typically send myself an email with links for background.  If I haven’t blogged in a while, these emails languish and start to coalesce into a lonely bunch of ticklers.  So, with that in mind, it’s time to clean out the digital cobwebs:

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FLASH: Update your Apple iOS devices

A couple days ago, Apple issued new updates for the firmware that runs on iPhones, iPads, Apple TV and iPod Touch.   The versions are: iOS 7.0.6 – iPhone 4 and later, iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 and later iOS 6.1.6 – iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (4th generation) Apple TV 6.0.2 – Apple TV 2nd generation and later …

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Virtual Private Networks – It’s not just for the enterprise any more

When I was gainfully employed, like most folks who depend upon technology in the workplace, I used a company supplied virtual private network (VPN) to remotely access the corporate network. Though the primary purpose was to securely access services within the corporate Intranet like email, it also provided a secure link between my computer and …

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Your technical New Year’s resolutions

Well, the “holidays” are pretty much over as I write this and I hope you and yours have had a wonderful and safe holiday season. One of the final holiday traditions involves taking stock and figuring out what changes you’d like to make for the New Year. What are your New Year’s resolutions?  Common resolutions …

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When science fiction is truly prescient

There is an excellent article in this morning’s Boston Globe entitled The Screen Zombies by Carlo Rotella.   It’s a short read and touches on something that has always fascinated me: What will come true in science fiction?  There are plenty of examples of science fiction predicting the future, like the computer and communicator (see image) on the …

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