iOS Tip 199 - Audit privacy settings periodically

There are many permissions that can be granted to apps, such as access to the camera, the microphone, your contacts (why does Google Maps need my contacts?), and your location.  It’s a good idea to keep track of which permissions you’ve given to which apps, and revoke any permissions that are not strictly needed. For example, if you posted a photo to Twitter once, but you aren’t likely to do it again, it would be a good idea to remove the right to look at your photos from the Twitter app.

In Settings, scroll down and tap on Privacy. Here resides the master list of all permissions and which apps you’ve granted them to. Go through all of them periodically, and revoke any permissions that you don’t think a particular app needs.

If your 2018 MacBook fails, it may be nearly impossible to recover data: Here's why

With the new T2 chip, there is no data access recovery port on the new MacBook Pros. While Apple may have another backup plan for data recovery, it has not yet shared it with users (or us).

Since users frequently save important data on their devices, this omission should encourage them to more heavily invest in a cloud backup solution and/or external hard drive

According to Apple's internal 2018 MacBook Pro Service Readiness Guide, technicians are advised to encourage you to backup to Time Machine frequently. Currently this is the only way to preserve your data if your laptop fails.

 

Hot Corners for Fast Access

Your Desktop can be a busy places, with a bunch of open windows cluttering the screen. If you want to look at the Desktop or see another window, you may find yourself clicking around or using keyboard shortcuts to switch views. Did you know that you can access many of the Mac’s special views with a simple  movement?

A little-known feature in macOS called Hot Corners makes this possible. The key to unlocking Hot Corners is in System Preferences (click the   top left corner ) in either the Desktop & Screen Saver pane or the Mission Control pane. In either one, click the Hot Corners button (bottom left or right) to set up your hot corners.   

Hot Corners can be quite useful, and how you choose to take advantage of them is completely up to you. We do recommend trying them out, you can always turn them back off if you find yourself disliking the behavior.

iOS Tip 198 - Screen Shot Mark Up

Open the app you want to screenshot and go to the exact screen you want to capture.  Press and hold the Power button  and click the Home button at the exact same time for a brief moment.  A preview  will appear in the lower left hand side of the display.
You  need to tap on it if you want to edit the screen capture, otherwise it will disappear after a few seconds.
Your screenshot will still be saved to your camera roll as normal.

Apple Users Be Aware of This Phishing Campaign

You receive a call or voicemail claiming to be from Apple support notifying you of suspicious activity with your Apple iCloud ID. The computer-generated recording’s goal is to snare you into giving up your iCloud ID and password as part of a new phishing campaign.

The call comes from a random or unknown number and if you don't pick up you’ll get a voicemail phishing for your iCloud ID and password:

“Hi, I am Jennifer, and I am calling you from online support Apple. This is to inform you that we have noticed some suspicious activity with your iCloud ID. We have been getting the notification on our main server the past few days. We seriously recommend you call (phone number given). I repeat (phone number). We request you not to use your computer or other Mac devices before speaking to our certified technicians. For help and support please call us.”

This is a clear attempt to scare you into calling the number back and giving up your Apple iCloud credentials.

There's no way Apple support will ever contact a customer using a computer-generated voice nor will they ever ask for your iCloud credentials.