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Apple's Better Video for 2FA on Apple Devices

A couple of days ago I wrote about a video Apple posted to Twitter on using 2FA with Apple devices. Really, it was an excuse to write about security, because it’s important. And that’s cool, because Apple has a new and MUCH better video on the same subject, and I’m going to write about it for the same reason. So, watch the video, make sure you have 2FA enabled on your Apple devices if you haven’t already. Then share a link to the tweet, or this article, or Apple’s KnowledgeBase article with all the people in your life who don’t already have 2FA activated.

Apple's Helpful Video on Using 2FA for Apple Devices

Check out this Apple video on using 2FA to secure your Apple devices. I won’t pass up an opportunity to promote device and service security. For instance—and while I’m here—DON’T REUSE PASSWORDS! So, anyway, Apple has this short (only 6 seconds) how-to video that gives you the quick run-down on using 2FA to protect your Apple ID. Really, it’s a pointer to a more in-depth piece on using 2FA, and that article has a lot of good information. TMO has some great articles on 2FA, too, and too, and too, and too. Many of our readers already know this stuff, but we all have friends and family who don’t. Pass it to them. Post a link in social media. Help the people who count on you for tech stuff learn more about protecting their digital #^%$!

Here's How To Protect Yourself From The iCloud Extortionists (Update)

You may have read in the news that a hacker group is holding a number of iCloud accounts for ransom. If Apple doesn’t pay a certain amount of money by April 7, the hackers will reset the accounts and remotely wipe iOS devices. Andrew Orr shows us how to protect your Apple ID.

Getting Two-Factor Verification Codes for Your Apple ID

If you’re using two-factor authentication for your Apple ID (and you should be!), then you’re likely familiar with how you’ll approve access from your trusted devices with a six-digit code. But what if that code never comes through or you accidentally dismiss the prompt? Well, in today’s Quick Tip, we’re going to show you an easy way to generate a new one from your Mac or iOS device!

Can't Remotely Control Your HomeKit Devices? Enable iCloud Two-Factor Authentication

If you upgraded to iOS 10 on your iPhone or iPad, and tvOS 10 on your fourth generation Apple TV and now can’t remotely access your HomeKit devices, there’s probably an easy fix for that. Odds are you haven’t enabled iCloud Two-Factor authentication, which HomeKit in iOS 10 and tvOS 10 requires. Read on to learn how to get set up.

Apple Enables iCloud 2-Factor Verification, How to Set it Up

Sep 16, 2014 … Apple has started rolling out two-factor authentication on, as promised by Tim Cook. If you want to set it up yourself, Kelly explains …

Apple Fixes Two-Factor Authentication Setup Bug

HomeKit in iOS 10 requires Two-Factor authentication if you plan to remotely control or monitor your smarthome devices. That isn’t a big deal, unless you’re one of the unlucky few who were blocked from switchting to Apple’s more secure password authentication system. The good news is that Apple finally fixed the issue, so HomeKit can be more that your in-home personal assistant again.

iOS 12 Security Code AutoFill Raises Login Security Concerns

The Security Code AutoFill feature in iOS 12 could lead to bank fraud, according to one security researcher.

Duke it out over Who Pays for Dinner with Apple Pay Cash [Video]

Apple has a new spot out that demonstrates the modern fight over who gets to pay for dinner (if you’re friends are awesome). It’s s short commercial that illustrates the ease with which one can pass money back and forth with your friends and family using Apple Pay Cash in iMessage. The spot’s called Just Text Them the Money, and it’s a scenario most of us have played out.

Finding Clippy

I have two little nuggets for you. The first is that Microsoft has an undersea data center its experimenting with called Project Natick. The second is that they now have a webcam—two webcams, actually—for you to get a gander at the operation, as well as all the oceanic wildlife also checking it out. How they don’t call those cams Finding Clippy is beyond me, so I just took care of it for them. UR WELCOME. In any event, this whole thing is a giant experiment to see if Microsoft can save money by using the chilly ocean waters off the coast of Scotland to cool a data center. And yeah, my kneejerk reaction is that this will help heat the oceans, and don’t we want to avoid that? Plus, you know, the law of unintended consequences, but whatevs. They didn’t ask me, and they do have proper scientists working on this, so maybe it’s just an awesome idea. It’s certainly outside the box thinking. I found this, BTW, from a piece on The Verge that is full of cheezeball puns that had me snorting out loud in my office.